SNAP blasts backers of accused Rabbi in NY
This is a disturbing show of insensitivity and apathy towards the victim of this alleged predator. Child sex abuse is a heinous crime with long-lasting effects, and it is incredibly callous for these “supporters” of Nechemya Weberman to so publicly champion this alleged abuser. Shame on everyone involved.
The fact that Weberman abused his authority as both spiritual advisor and therapist is awful. It is also possible that he has used these same positions of power to abuse other teenage girls. Yet thanks to these public displays of support, others who may have seen, suspected, or suffered crimes by Weberman will be intimidated and will continue to suffer in silence.
We are grateful to Hershy Deutch for his work to promote sensitivity to the victim and to try to prevent further cover-up in the Orthodox Jewish community. We hope that those who have participated in this fundraiser will see the error of their ways and use their energy to protect children instead of abusers.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.