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Monday, December 10, 2012 

Satmar sect doesn't seem to be learning their lesson right

Whatever the verdict be in the Nechemya Weberman case, the Satmar reps are supposedly embarrassed about it, yet not making things any better with their considerations of what to do next:
Embarrassed by the sex abuse trial of a Hasidic counselor, leaders of Williamsburg’s pious Satmar sect are considering a different way to deal with rebellious teens: shipping them out of the country for treatment. [...]

Without addressing the allegations against Weberman, a Satmar official told the Daily News that leaders are considering ways to avoid similar accusations by victims.

“This was a wakeup call; nobody denies that,” said Gary Schlesinger, who heads a nonprofit tied to Satmar leader Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.

“Maybe we will send them to an Israeli program or a European program, and the kid will come back a different person.”
Oh, a lot of good that's going to do! All they're doing is looking for ways to make it more difficult for authorities to prosecute potential offenders, by spending a lot money to have them sent overseas. The best thing they'd be advised to do is just tell the kiddies they don't like that they might as well scoot from the community. More importantly, the parents shouldn't be giving loyalty to such a horrid sect that's got no respect for Israel, and only seems to consider it a place to take advantage of for very non-altruistic goals. Point: what if girls are still sent to see male therapists when it may not even be fitting? Worse, what if even here, there's cases of unlicensed therapists? I wouldn't put it past people like them to disobey the law even here.

There are thankfully some in the Satmar sect who're speaking out against this atrocity, but there's still a number of apologists too:
A verdict is expected this week. Meanwhile, the Satmar community — where self-styled modesty police crack down on perceived transgressions — is riven by the victim’s account.

“It’s a horrible embarrassment,” said Pearl Engelman, 65. “We represent ourselves as the Almighty’s children. We don’t want to be an embarrassment to God.”

Some Satmars believe that it’s too late for that.

“It’s an embarrassment for the community that some are standing up for the abuser,” said Raizy Pollak, 19, who dropped out of the accuser’s yeshiva to protest the strict rules. “We need to stand up for the victim instead of pushing her down,” she added.

Supporters of the victim rallied last week, holding signs in Yiddish blasting perverts and molesters.

“Every single Jewish family is talking about this case. The grand rabbi (Teitelbaum) couldn’t even ignore it,” said real estate developer Joel Neuwirth, 22. “He had to address the issue.”

The rebbe did just that last week — and blamed the victim.

“A Jewish daughter has descended so low,” said Teitelbaum [...] “There hasn’t been such a disgusting saga in (the history of religious) Jewry.”
You got that right - and you're writing it with your very own contemptible words, buster. Shame on this so-called spiritual leader for siding with the culprit and confirming what the prosecution was concerned about - that the community considers the victim "dirt".
Weberman was the driver for Teitelbaum’s late father Grand Rebbe Moses Teitelbaum, [...]

Aaron Teitelbaum’s statement incensed supporters of Weberman’s alleged victim.
Myself included. I'm glad the girl - and her siblings - have left this horrid community, and wish them a happy Hanuka outside of it.

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