Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Orthodox Jewish Men Arrested For Sex Abuse Don't Have to Be Named ?

Jewish Forward has a story on sexual abuse is a religious community that to say the least seems to out of the ordinary Legal wise. See Orthodox Abuse Suspects Get Exemption -Brooklyn Prosecutors Deny Request for Identity of Sex Suspects

Besides the obvious 1st amendment issues that lurking around I have a question. If this is such a tight kit community is it not sort of obvious that everyone that got arrested for sex abuse would be known already?

I know as much much about  Hasidic Brooklyn Jewish Community as I know about Hindus which is generally not much. So I could be very wrong here about making that assumption I just made.

Still this seems to have the smell of a powerful religious community exerting its political influence to be treated differently. However I could be wrong on that , and the DA's secular reasoning it puts forth could be sound.


Katy Anders said...

They bootstrapped their way into a weird argument.

They said, basically, that if the perpetrators were identified, it could lead to the VICTIMS' names becoming public.

Presumably, the thinking is that this group isn't like a huge congregation or something.

But if this gets upheld, the defense attorney for every minister, priest, and rabbi who ever gets arrested for abuse is going to try and use the same thing...

James H said...

It just strikes me as odd too. ANd I got get think you are right. This sets precedent that is well not going to work.

JBernadyn said...

United Advocacy Group, Inc.
John Bernadyn, Managing Partner

Troubled Jewish Teenager Describes Horrors of Sexual Abuse Growing Up in Foster Care

(CHICAGO) – As an innocent twelve year old boy, John Bernadyn was taken from his dysfunctional home and placed in to the youth welfare system of the state. “Freedom often comes with a price,” recalls Bernadyn.
After spending many years lacking sleep, recalling horrible memories, and avoiding social situations he published a memoir entitled, Betrayed By The State: A Ward of the State Speaks Out. “These horrors won’t stop with me. Every parent needs to know that they are at risk of hearing these stories from their children – if the state so chooses to remove them from their home,” said Bernadyn. The statistics do seem to warrant his statement. While many organizations spend time campaigning or boasting about the positive outcomes for those having grown up in the foster care system, the silent majority go unheard.
Shortly after arriving in his first foster care situation he contacted his child welfare caseworker to lodge a formal complaint. This started a six year journey of transfers from placement to placement that would ultimately land him in what he describes as ‘hell’ – including all the torments of physical and sexual violence. His final stop prior to exiting the system would be to live with youth from the department of corrections with serious problems. “I had to grow up rapidly in order to survive this situation.”
In Bernadyn’s account he alleges that the child welfare system was unresponsive to his needs and the needs of those around him. In fact, he says, “They ultimately stopped taking my calls.” He is grateful to the final judge he met and ultimately released him from these horrors in a heart-wrenching and detailed account of the courtroom scenario.
The successful twist is what does not get discussed in Bernadyn’s memoir. Bernadyn would later become a successful healthcare executive and managing partner of United Advocacy Group, Inc. Although calling Chicago his home, he travels extensively for speaking engagements and healthcare consulting. He may be reached at or (312) 489-0632.