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11 year old Hasidic boy sexually assaulted in Stamford Hill

11 year old Hasidic boy sexually assaulted in Stamford Hill


And they are still keeping it on the down low. So far they have managed to keep it out of the press, even the Jewish Chronicle. The only places to report the assault that occurred on Sunday morning, on Oldhill Street in Stamford Hill, is a Jewish web site which is all in Hebrew and a blog by a Brooklyn (New York) based progressive Rabbi named Nuchem Rosenberg.

In fact reading the statement issued by Shomrim  (a type of neighbourhood patrol, but more like a mini Jewish police force), I get a feeling they only issued it because of Rabbi Rosenberg’s tweets and maybe encouragement from Hackney Police. The wording of the statement also indicates there is more than one victim.


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It’s unclear where the assault took place, but a photo uploaded to a Hebrew language site, shows a taped off crime scene outside a house in Stamford Hill on a street that is predominantly Orthodox Jews, however according to Rosenberg some people in the community tried to deflect from who the abuser was and initially claimed it was a non Jew, until they realised folks weren’t buying it. I’m sure the  police knew that was hogwash from the moment they stepped in. According to locals, he was on his way to Cheider – which according to Google, is a private Jewish school for teaching young children the fundamentals of Judaism

I saw the Rabbi’s tweets this morning on Twitter and realised he was the same man I’d heard of, who has been exposing the very much hidden pedophilia and sexual abuse within the Hasidic community in New York which according to him, is rife and believes around half of young males in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community—the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world—have been victims of sexual assault perpetrated by their elders. Ben Hirsch, director of Survivors for Justice, a Brooklyn organization that advocates for Orthodox sex abuse victims, thinks the real number is higher. “From anecdotal evidence, we’re looking at over 50 percent. It has almost become a rite of passage.”

In an interview he gave to Vice News he goes into very graphic details on what he witnessed between a young boy and an old Hasidic man in a bath house. BE WARNED PARTS OF THE INTERVIEW IS VERY GRAPHIC. I have a feeling Rosenberg didn’t mean to have the graphic details published, but you know Vice, it must have been a wet dream for them and they ran with it.

In his blog post about the Stamford Hill incident, Rosenberg calls for Ephraim Padwa, head of London’s Union Orthodox Hebrew Congregations to resign. If you recall, Padwa was secretly filmed by a documentary maker last year, telling a childhood sexual abuse victim to not talk about it or report the abuse to authorities. Wonder what he has to say about this incident that has come to light. Apparently most sexual abuse within Stamford Hill’s orthodox community is hidden.

And for all Rabbi Rosenberg has done to expose what he calls “a child rape assembly line”, the thanks he got was an attack on a Williamsburg, Brooklyn street when he had bleach thrown in his face in 2012.

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