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Thursday, October 30, 2014 

Polygamy cultist Goel Ratzon gets 30 years in prison

The leader of a polygamy cult in Israel who committed multiple acts of sodomy and rape has been officially handed his sentence:
Cult leader Goel Ratzon was sentenced by the Tel Aviv District Court on Tuesday to 30 years in prison on his convictions for sex crimes and financial fraud.

He is set to serve 25 years from Tuesday’s sentencing, after already having been in prison for more than four years while his trial proceeded.

In September, Ratzon, 64, was convicted by the Tel Aviv District Court of most of the sex crimes he was accused of and of financial fraud, but acquitted of an enslaving charge regarding several of his “wives” and children, much to their distress.
That they wouldn't give him a sentence for enslaving any wives is regrettable. Mainly because it involved the following:
The fraud charges against Ratzon described him as defrauding his wives out of their money and manipulating them into serving as his slaves.

The indictment described a chilling account of Ratzon’s deeds, including one instance where he forcibly inserted his fingers into a 17-year-old girl and, when she protested, told her “Don’t worry, you’ll get used to it.”

It also detailed Ratzon’s abuse of a girl he molested almost daily for two years, starting when she was 15.[...]

Ratzon was also accused of using different methods to strip the women of their identities, including forcing them to tattoo his name and image on their bodies and requiring them to change their given names to ones of his choosing.

The women were then reportedly required to break off all ties with their families and friends and were not allowed to have any social life or connections whatsoever outside of the communal house.

They were also subject to repeated verbal abuse and humiliation by Ratzon, in order to strip them of their self-respect and independence.

Ratzon also wielded absolute control over the women’s movements, allowing them to leave the house only with his approval and requiring them to report to him all excursions, except to their workplace. He also forbade them from wearing sunglasses when outside with him, so that he could follow their gaze at all times.

The women were forced to dress modestly, were not allowed to use television or Internet without his approval, and were forced to attend to Ratzon at all hours of the night whenever he desired.

Ratzon required the children to line up and kiss his feet every time he entered the house, to reaffirm his superiority.
This is one more reason why "modesty" is bound to become a dirty word here, especially in cases involving religion. That sick filth should now rot in an isolated cell for all the trouble he caused.

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