SNAP responds to sentencing of Jewish predator in NY
We are proud of these brave victims for not allowing themselves to be intimidated into silence, and for doing everything they could to protect other children from this predator, Michael Sabo. It is absolutely despicable that members of the victims’ synagogue threatened to pack the courtroom to shame the young female victim. These people ought to be ashamed of themselves and their attempts to protect an abuser over his victims.
We are grateful to police and prosecutors for making sure that Sabo will be behind bars for a long time. We hope that the other victims in this case, the ones who were shamed or intimidated into silence, will find some measure of justice in this sentence.
This case is a sad and distressing reminder of the vast amount of child abuse cover-up that takes place within some tightly-knit Jewish communities. More must be done, especially in terms of outreach, to prevent the shaming of victims and their families and to protect other children from predators. We hope that as these cases are thrust further into the public eye that those who protest an innocent children will be forced to re-examine their priorities, and decide instead to work to protect kids.
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.
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.