Haredim, who are often called ultra-Orthodox, though they themselves do not like that label, make up about a quarter million of New York City's population, and most of them live in Brooklyn. According to scholars, the rate of sex abuse within Haredi communities is roughly the same as anywhere else.
In recent years, Orthodox Jewish communities around the country have been rocked by abuse scandals involving rabbis and other figures of authority. In New York, child sexual abuse allegations have erupted in the Hasidic and Sephardic communities in Brooklyn, and even children attending Yeshiva schools have been victimized. Communities in other cities have also faced similar scandals.
Sep 06, 2018 · "Sexual Abuse, Shonda and Concealment in Orthodox Jewish Communities is a call to the media, politicians, and governmental agencies charged with protecting children from abuse to refuse to appease powerful rabbis who try to prevent child sexual abuse cases from being reported and investigated. The book serves as a wakeup call to mainstream 3.9/5(11).
It has been a struggle for sexual abuse victims in the Orthodox Jewish community to find justice. Though it hasn't received nearly the attention that the same issue has in the Catholic Church, a pattern of sexual abuse - and a lack of justice for the victims of that abuse - has been present in the Orthodox Jewish community for years.