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  • Dylan Farrow tells her painful story about Woody Allen

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 1, 2014 | 6:02 pm

    "The message that Hollywood sends matters," writes Dylan Farrow in a wrenching New York Times Op-Ed recounting a childhood of sexual abuse at the hands of her adoptive father, filmmaker Woody Allen.

    Farrow, a 28-year-old writer and artist, is speaking out for the first time about...

  • Sexual abuse lawsuit against Yeshiva U. tossed

    January 31, 2014 | 9:13 am

    A federal judge tossed out a $680 million sexual abuse lawsuit filed by 34 former students at Yeshiva University.

    Manhattan federal Judge John Koeltl in his 52-page legal opinion said the victims, who range in age from their late 30s to their early 60s, waited too long to speak...

  • Beverly Hills Police report arrest of alleged sex abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    Mendel Tevel, a local rabbi and youth worker accused by multiple people in the New York Jewish community of sexual abuse, was arrested Tuesday, October 29, at the JEM Center in Beverly Hills.

    The arrest was reported to the Jewish Journal by Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, a spokesman for...

  • Investigation: Y.U. sex abuse extended beyond high school for boys

    August 26, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Incidents of physical and sexual abuse at Yeshiva University were not limited to its high school for boys, an investigation has found.

    An outside investigation commissioned by the university following reports of sexual abuse by two faculty members at Y.U.’s high school for boys...

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  • Childhood abuse victims name alleged abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    Sitting with his back hunched, his wife by his side and a kippah on his head, a 23-year-old bearded Orthodox man nervously told a gathering of parents at a private residence near Pico-Robertson that a young man named Mendel Tevel had sexually abused him when he was 14. Tevel now...

  • Ex-Australian Maccabi team coach jailed for child sex abuse

    August 14, 2013 | 9:44 am

    A former coach of a Maccabi basketball team in Australia was sentenced to eight years in prison for sexually abusing four girls more than a decade ago.

    Shannon Francis, who is not Jewish, was sentenced Wednesday by County Court of Victoria Judge Meryl Sexton. Francis must serve...

  • 12 plaintiffs join $380 million sex-abuse suit against Y.U.

    August 7, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    Twelve former students joined a $380 million lawsuit against Yeshiva University for covering up sexual abuse at its high school.

    The new plaintiffs’ names came out in court papers used in a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y., according to the New York...

  • Chicago rabbi arrested on sex abuse charges

    May 28, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    Chicago Rabbi Larry Dudovitz was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2006.

    Dudovitz, 45, was arrested Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported, and is being held on $100,000 bail.

    Dudovitz, who is also known by his Hebrew name Aryeh, reportedly leads a Chabad synagogue in Chicago. He was formerly a rabbi at the Chabad House of Northwest Indiana.

    According to authorities, the alleged assault occurred at the victim’s home on Oct. 26, 2002 in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

  • Preventing human trafficking: You can help. Here are some guidelines:

    May 15, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Be aware. Trafficking victims are everywhere, and they often exhibit characteristics similar to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  Physical indicators may include bruises and other evidence of beatings and assault, as well as untreated critical illnesses or sexually...

  • Yeshiva teacher admits to sexually abusing boy

    May 13, 2013 | 3:40 pm

    A former counselor at a summer camp run by a yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J., admitted three days into his trial to sexually abusing a boy.

    Yosef Kolko, 39, made the admission on Monday after two more victims, a male and a female, came forward, the Asbury Park Press reported.

    Kolko...

  • Former JFS director of children and family services rejects report she shielded Australian abuser

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 17, 2013 | 3:32 pm

    When veteran social worker Debbie Fox’s name appeared in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald on April 10, the story about her claimed she was doing the unthinkable: protecting a known abuser of children.

    The story purported to quote from an e-mail she wrote to an unnamed sex...

  • Former Jewish leader’s sex abuse charges rock Melbourne community

    March 19, 2013 | 8:37 am

    Menachem (Manny) Waks was on a leadership training program in Israel in June 2011 when he made a decision that would radically change his life.

    Flicking through Melbourne’s The Age newspaper on his laptop one morning, he spotted an article about David Kramer, who was convicted of...

  • Schachter, Y.U. dean, warns about reporting sex abuses cases

    March 15, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a dean at Yeshiva University, has warned against reporting uncorroborated sex abuse allegations to police.

    Schachter was recorded at a rabbinical conference in February in London warning that false allegations could lead to arrests and imprisonment with a...

  • Rabbi who fled sex abuse allegations reportedly will return to Israel

    March 11, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    An Israeli rabbi who fled to the United States amid sexual abuse allegations reportedly will return to Israel.

    Army Radio reported Monday that the 70-year-old rabbi, who was not named but was identified as being from a "very well known hasidic movement," agreed to return to...

  • Rabbi denies he knew of sexual abuse at Jewish school

    February 21, 2013 | 7:41 am

    A man under investigation for allegedly sexually abusing boys at a Sydney Jewish day school told police that senior rabbis knew of his actions but failed to report them to authorities, a newspaper reported.

    The Sydney Morning Herald reported Wednesday that the man told New South...

  • Rabbi Manis Friedman, who downplayed damage caused by sexual abuse, apologizes [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 31, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Rabbi Manis Friedman, a prominent rabbi from the Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement who appeared in a video recently posted on YouTube minimizing the harm caused by sexual molestation, has apologized for what he called his “completely inappropriate use of language.”

    “I have always...

  • Brooklyn man charged in attack on rabbi who advocates for sex abuse victims

    December 13, 2012 | 11:00 am

    A Brooklyn fishmonger was arrested for throwing a cup of bleach in the face of a Chasidic rabbi who advocates for victims of sexual abuse in the haredi Orthodox community.

    Meilech Schnitzler, 36, of Williamsburg, turned himself in to police on Wednesday afternoon, the New York...

  • Nechemya Weberman convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse

    December 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Nechemya Weberman, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn who practiced therapy without a license, was found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse.

    Weberman, 54, was convicted Monday by a New York State Supreme Court jury for encounters he had with a female patient...

  • Craig Zobel’s ‘Compliance’ and the Holocaust-inspired Milgram Experiment [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 15, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Craig Zobel’s controversial new film “Compliance” revolves around a prank caller, impersonating a policeman, who manipulates employees at a fast food restaurant into sexually assaulting a co-worker—a plot based on dozens of jaw-dropping, real incidents that have occurred...

  • Boys allegedly sexually abused at Orthodox Jewish summer camp

    August 14, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    New York State Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a truck driver making a delivery to a Jewish camp, The New York Post reported.

    Surveillance video captured footage of a kosher-food truck driver entering bunks for seventh-and eighth-grade boys at Camp Shalva...

  • Jerusalem police commander accused of sexually abusing 7 subordinates

    August 3, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Seven female police officers have accused the commander of the Israel Police Jerusalem District of sexual misconduct, Israeli media reported.

    District Commander Niso Shaham, 54, has transferred his responsibilities to subordinates for the duration of the investigation, which began...

  • SNAP: Catholic sex abuse cover-up continues

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 13, 2012 | 6:03 pm

    I’ve been meaning to mention an ad that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ran an ad in the New York Times this week. The full-page ad went to great lengths to document the on-going cover-up of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

    The full ad is after the jump,...

  • Prosecutors drop charges in Brooklyn sex abuse case

    June 27, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Prosecutors dropped all charges against a group of men who were accused of sexually abusing a young Brooklyn haredi Orthodox woman for eight years.

    The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges on Tuesday against four Crown Heights men accused of raping and forcing...

  • Orthodox Jewish woman who claims abuse ostracized by own community

    By JewishJournal

    June 11, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Orthodox counselor to Hasidic community in Nechemya Weberman, is in trial for a sexual abuse case in which the accuser has been ostracized and threatened by her Brooklyn community, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

    The abuse went on for nearly three years before the schoolgirl told...

  • Brooklyn man sentenced for sexually abusing haredi Orthodox children

    May 22, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 20 years to life for sexually abusing children in his Orthodox Jewish community.

    Michael Sabo, a 38-year-old father of four, confessed to sexually abusing two children. He was sentenced Monday after agreeing to a plea bargain. 

    The district...

  • March 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 20, 2012 | 5:20 am

    Adieu, Hezbollah

    Hanin Ghaddar of NOW Lebanon believes Hezbollah’s star is fading, thanks to geopolitical changes in the region, and its support for Assad’s regime in Syria.

    There is no good reason why Hezbollah leaders should not be panicking. The winds of change coming from the...

  • Former Boston-area rabbi refuses plea over sexual abuse charges

    December 15, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    A rabbi who taught at a Boston-area Jewish day school has refused a plea deal over sexual abuse charges.

    Rabbi Stanley Z. Levitt of Philadelphia has been accused of molesting three former students at the Maimonides School in Brookline, Mass. The allegations date back to 1975-76. He...

  • Sydney rabbi resigns as council head over leaked e-mails

    August 1, 2011 | 10:18 am

    A Sydney rabbi stepped aside from his high-profile post while he fights a report suggesting he supported covering up alleged cases of child molestation.

    Rabbi Yosef Feldman removed himself as president of the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales Monday after the Australian Jewish...

  • Investigation of sexual abuse at Jewish school points to jailed teacher

    June 22, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at an Orthodox boys’ school in Melbourne by a former teacher currently jailed in the United States.

    David Kramer fled Australia for the United States after accusations he had sexually abused boys at Yeshivah College between 1989...

  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews coming forward with abuse allegations

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2009 | 12:12 pm

    Over at GetReligion, I recently highlighted the excellent work of Paul Vitello of The New York Times, who does a wonderful job explaining matters of interest in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. Vitello kept it coming this week with a story about how, for the first time in...

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