Wednesday, January 05, 2005

New: The Beach of Yellow, A blog for survivors of rabbinic sexual misconduct, by a fellow survivor.

22 Comments:

At 9:36 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Batdina has started her own blog:

The Beach of Yellow
A blog for survivors of rabbinic sexual misconduct, by a fellow survivor.

http://thebeachofyellow.blogspot.com/

I encourage my viewership to check out her blog.

I encourage more such blogs.

Remember, our voices are the one thing the abusers and exploiters in our community fear. Our silence is the one thing they seek.

Silence no more.

For those who wanted the Protocols blog shut down, let this be a lesson. As with the Hydra of legend, cut off a head, two will take its place.

Are voices are the present and future.

Silence is the past.

 
At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not meaning to sound overly paranoid, have either you, Luke or Steven had personal contact with this survivor? As a survivor myself, would like to lend comments of support to this survivor. But knowing that some of these weasels/perps resort to methods to undermine/get info on survivors, would be helpful knowing this is a real survivor. Thanks.

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Not meaning to sound overly paranoid,

You're not paranoid. As we saw on Protocols with the conduct of the followers of two particular "rabbonim".

>have either you, Luke or Steven had personal contact with this
>survivor?

I haven't. But I'm not recommending the blog for giving out personal information or details. I don't want people giving me such information either. That material belongs with professionally trained competent people, medical health professionals, the Awareness Center etc. that will keep your information confidential(currently that list should not include the RCA) and that you feel comfortable with.

>As a survivor myself, would like to lend comments of support to
>this survivor. But knowing that some of these weasels/perps
>resort to methods to undermine/get info on survivors, would be
>helpful knowing this is a real survivor. Thanks.

Again, follow the above advice.

I would note the following advice that applies to everything in life (including our great rabbonim, community leaders and even little inconsequential me).

Kabdeihu v'chashdeihu - respect but suspect

I find too many forget the second half.

 
At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good points -- and wise words.
Thanks.

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest with you I don't think it's wise for survivors to post to blogs unless they know the person who runs them, and feel they are safe. I've heard that even when you post to a blog anonymously that the person who runs the blog can find out who you are.

I wish there were some computer geek person out there that can write up how you can send a real anonymous letter, or how you can really post to blogs anonymously?

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger batdina said...

Good point! I have spoken to Luke, and also to Vicki of The Awareness Center. I will ask Luke if he can confirm this some way to everyone.

 
At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be honest I would only trust a survivors blog if the awareness center endorsed it. I'm not sure if I would trust the word of Luke. What creditials does he have to check out a blog? Also just because a person is a survivor of sexual abuse doesn't make them a safe person. I heard that Marc Gafni claims to be a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. What would happen if he started a blog for survivors? Would you trust it? The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can also be extremely dangerous. Blogs too can be dangerous.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Jewish Survivors Of Sexual Violence said...

Here's another blog for Jewish Survivors.

http://jewishsurvivors.blogspot.com/

 
At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are quite a few perverts out there that the awareness center site for some reason wont investigate nor list.

I can only mention one here and he is a somewhat highly respected baal teshuva doctor in boro park, brooklyn for quite a few years . His name is Dr. Max Bulmash and he primarily has been treating the chassdish communities in the above mentioned communities and in the catskill mountains in the summer. There have been many complaints of inappropriate touching and fondling of his prepupubescent young male patients. Of course the Chassidishe community -where sexual perversion is very common -has been less than forthcoming in dealing with this pervert and as far as i know he is still a practicing pediatrician in brooklyn.

 
At 10:06 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>There are quite a few perverts out there that the awareness
>center site for some reason wont investigate nor list.

I suggest giving any information/documentation to the Awareness Center.

My understanding is that the Awareness Center is currently overwhelmed with cases and does not have the resources to address new cases. But I would still start there.

There are a number of names I've forwarded to the Awareness Center that are not listed. The problem of course is the difficulty to document cases.

As to the name you posted, I can't confirm your allegation unless you can post links or citations for articles/legal documents.

I can indicate the following:

1)
AS MOTHER KILLED HER SON, PROTECTORS OBSERVED PRIVACY
By CELIA W DUGGER
February 10, 1992
New York Times
Page 1, Column 1
(summary - not full article)

Death of 8-year-old Yaakov Riegler of Brooklyn from injuries inflicted by his mother throws light on scattered and uncoordinated workings of New York City's child welfare system and how its failings are magnified by state confidentiality laws; Shulamis Riegler is about to be sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison for killing her son, who died in Oct 1990; Max Bulmash, family doctor who knew of Mrs Riegler's abusive history and was called on several times to treat Yaakov's wounds, is under investigation to see if he violated laws that require doctors to report signs of child abuse; photos

2)
see: http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/ozzieorbach.html
...
Unnamed child's time in foster care was overseen by the Orthodox-run Ohel Children's Home and Family Services, which cares for Orthodox Jewish children. A psychiatrist, Dr. Sidney Fein, would later testify in family court that unnamed child said her stay in foster care was miserable...she was treated terribly.'' While Ohel sharply limited Neustein's access to unnamed child, her father--although accused of molesting her--visited her at the home of her then foster father, pediatrician Max Bulmash. In the fall of 1987, Chaya Berger, a foster mother under Ohel's supervision, reported that unnamed child had complained that her father had molested her during a visit. While Ohel claims to have made the required report to the state child abuse hot line, there is no record that it did so.
...

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I suggest also contacting the NY State Office of Professional Medical Conduct to make enquiries/complaints.

I could find no online record of discipline.

see:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/opmc/main.htm

 
At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Luke is there an email i can directly write you?

I have another name of the son of a well repected rabbi in canda who allegedly sexually abused his own daughter. I think there may even have been an arrest that was quickly covered up by the community.

 
At 11:25 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Luke is there an email i can directly write you?

I'm not Luke. Luke Ford has a blog at:
http://yourmoralleader.blogspot.com

FYI: Luke can be contacted at lukeford@comcast.net

>I have another name of the son of a well repected rabbi
>in canda who allegedly sexually abused his own daughter.
>I think there may even have been an arrest that was quickly
>covered up by the community.

I suggest contacting the Awareness Center http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/

I'm not the Awareness Center either.

FYI: email VickiPolin@theawarenesscenter.org

 
At 12:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive already contacted the awareness center and so far no response (it has been over a month already).

 
At 2:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I just saw a book review in Ha'aretz which might be of interest to readers of this blog:

"Sex, Lies and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust" by Charlotte Rolnick Schwab, Bloomington: 1st Books Library, 277 pages, $14.95

Here's the link:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/524134.htmlFrom the review:

Dr. Charlotte Rolnick Schwab, author of "Sex, Lies and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust," is a Jewish-American psychotherapist who specializes in helping the female victims of rabbinical abuse as well as women married to violent rabbis. Her book is a brave, powerful document that combines two styles of writing. One part of it is a memoir, recounting her own frightening experiences as the wife of a rabbi who molested his followers and was violent toward her. The other part is a scholarly study of the phenomenon, examining the immense power held by clergy, and especially rabbis, and the difficulty of challenging the actions of a man who is supposed to be an authorized representative of God and the interpreter of his word. The subject of the book is how rabbis violate the trust placed in them by Jewish girls and women and betray their communities, the Torah and Judaism.

 
At 5:45 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Ive already contacted the awareness center and so far
>no response (it has been over a month already).

See above. I would send them a follow-up email or two.

There was a bit of discussion on this book by Your Moral Leader at:
http://yourmoralleader.blogspot.com/2004/12/rabbis-ex-wife-tells-all-in-expos-of.html#comments

 
At 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive already contacted the awareness center and so far no response (it has been over a month already).The problem could be that Vicki gets alot of spam in her email and it could have been deleted accidently.

I suggest you send the email again with Vicki Read this, it's important in the subject header.

 
At 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From a survivor: I second that, writing Vicki at the Awareness Center again, and not giving up. They have been swamped for many months now. Hopefully soon they'll be able to have the funds to hire some more staff.

 
At 6:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post this important link as a seperate post in your journal, for survivors:

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/warning.htm

found it on another Jewish survivor's blog:

http://www.survivorthriver.blogspot.com

Thank you.

 
At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a child I was severely beaten and humiliated in from of my class in a chassidic summer camp in upstate NY. I still bear the emotional scars 15 years later. Is there still something I can do about it? is there a statute of limitations?

 
At 12:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I omitted the fact that the one who beat me with a (tree branch no less) was the menahel (principal) of the school. My "crime" was taking an unauthorized walk in the forest with a friend.

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Is there still something I can do about it? is there
>a statute of limitations?

These are complicated questions.

I would note I'm not an expert.

I don't know your full story. I would note that Rabbi Baruch Lanner had a history of violence as well, kicking young boys in the groin and a situation where he stabbed a young man in the shoulder when he disagreed with him.

If you fell there was inappropriate behavior by the menahel of the school/camp, I would suggest the following:
1) Write up your information about the abuse and send it to the Awareness Center. Even if they can't do anything with it, if others come forward independently with other allegations, your information may help others.
2) Phone the police, report your abuse. Be clear as to the time of the abuse and your age at the time. Even if it is beyond the Statute of Limitations, who knows what other open files/investigations exist on this person. Your information could help someone.

 

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