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Rabbi allegedly sodomised a boy with a toothbrush, and a former bishop jokes about abuse cover-up

A NEW York Jewish High School operated by the flagship school of Orthodox Judaism –  Yeshiva University – was hit this week by a $380 million federal law suit filed by 19 former pupils who claim they were abused by two rabbis. One victim claims he was sodomised with a toothbrush.

The suit was filed shortly after Rabbi Norman Lamm, 85 the chancellor and head of the Yeshiva seminary, resigned. Lamm, who was president of the university when the abuse took place in the 1970s and 1980s, said in a resignation letter that he was doing penance for mishandling allegations against staff members.

Rabbi Lamm

Rabbi Lamm

News of the lawsuit came in the same week that one of Australia’s most senior priests, retired Bishop Michael Malone, admitted that he deliberately ignored allegations of sexual abuse – and enraged victim support groups for joking that he should have destroyed documents relating to criminal priests in his Maitland-Newcastle diocese.

He was giving evidence at the NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse in the diocese by priests as well as by members of the police force. The inquiry is looking at whether the church covered up the crimes of two paedophiles, Catholic priests Dennis McAlinden and James Fletcher, who served in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese.

Malone said he was out of his depth in matters of child protection and that he turned a blind eye to decades of complaints against Father McAlinden because:

The whole area of sexual abuse is so distasteful that I would have found it unpalatable.

He also said he “felt compelled” to protect the Church.

Former Bishop Malone

Former Bishop Malone

Meanwhile, the 148-page New York lawsuit accuses Lamm and various other Yeshiva officials, trustees, board members and faculty of:

A massive cover-up of the sexual abuse of students.

The latest developments come more than six months after a Jewish newspaper, The Forward, revealed that university officials responded to complaints of sexual abuse at the boys’ school by quietly allowing at least two suspected abusers to leave and find work elsewhere.

More than 20 men have said that they were abused by either Rabbi George Finkelstein or Rabbi Macy Gordon and that the university knew about the allegations. Both rabbis, who now live in Israel, have denied the charges.

One victim alleged that a rabbi sodomised him with a toothbrush while others say they were fondled and abused in other ways. They say that those boys who reported the assaults were told to keep their allegations quiet.

Attorney Kevin Mulhearn, who filed the suit on behalf of the plaintiffs said:

Yeshiva University High School held itself out as an exemplary Jewish secondary school when in fact it was allowing known sexual predators to roam the school at will seeking other victims. Childhood sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community can no longer be condoned and excused.

Each of the 19 victims is seeking $20 million in damages, for a total of $380 million.

Hat tip: BarrieJohn (Malone report)

 

13 Responses to “Rabbi allegedly sodomised a boy with a toothbrush, and a former bishop jokes about abuse cover-up”

  1. Broga says:

    I read so many of these reports that I begin to wonder if it is me that is abnormal. Whatever way I look at it I just cannot see the attraction in sexually abusing children or anyone else who is having my attentions forced on them e.g. the young RC seminarians abused by a cardinal. And yet this kind of sexual activity seems to be a popular choice of so many religious men. And with a toothbrush?

  2. AgentCormac says:

    I seriously do no’t get it. Why don’t our secular authorities act against these bastards? I know that it has been said here ad infinitum, but were this a business or a society of some kind it would be shut down overnight, the perpetrators and their accomplices would be flung in prison and there would be a media tidal wave demanding that ‘this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen again’.

    Yet somehow nobody seems to care. Because it’s religion. Because the mafioso conmen who run it are above the law. Because they have lied so hard for so long that there are millions of ordinary people out there who are actually prepared to give up their right to think.

  3. Lurker111 says:

    What I don’t understand is why the victim is never, say, the favorite nephew of an organized crime boss with unique applications of punishment.

    I wonder the same thing about every elderly lady who gets her life’s saving scammed by some charlatan. Odds alone would suggest that at some time said charlatan would have victimized some Mafiosi’s favorite great aunt, and paid the price therefor.

  4. Robster says:

    We have only seven states in mainland Australia (including territories)and at present about seven official enquiries underway into church child sex abuse. It could be the government’s answer to a looming employment problem perhaps. every day the newspapers are full of stories about these enquiries and how the various guilty churches (most of them it seems, in all the various flavours)have behaved illegally. These organisations and their cabal of silly old men in even sillier hats are being exposed for what they are, a bunch of deluded crooks, pretending to be the guardians of morality in our society. The truth of the matter will see these horrible professional liars placed where they belong, in a big nasty jail where they can feed off each other with impunity.

  5. Marky Mark says:

    “These organisations and their cabal of silly old men in even sillier hats are being exposed for what they are, a bunch of deluded crooks, pretending to be the guardians of morality in our society.”

    …Yep!

  6. Trevor Blake says:

    Did you read about that atheist organization that raped children in several countries for decades then hid the rapists and silenced the victims? No, I didn’t read that either. Must be that lack of a moral compass I keep hearing about.

  7. Har Davids says:

    I guess that if you have a mind warped enough to feel a need to abuse the helpless, any kind of position where your potential victims are available is an interesting one. Religion is the icing on the cake for the abuser: as you’re seen as a holy man, who will believe the victims? Talking of fringe benefits!

  8. 1859 says:

    He turned a blind eye because ‘The whole area of sexual abuse is so distasteful that I would have found it unpalatable’ ! If he found it ‘unpalatable’ how did he think the victims found it, also ‘unpalatable’? ‘O please take your penis out of my bottom it is so unpalatable’? Talk about being narrow-minded!

  9. barriejohn says:

    Har Davids: I misread your comment at first.

    I guess that if you have a mind warped enough to feel a need to abuse the helpless…

    You’re talking about sexual abusers amongst the clergy, but aren’t ALL purveyors of religion and superstitious claptrap “abusing the helpless”? It’s their MO. Even the New Testament acknowledges this:

    “For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.”
    (2 Tim.3:6)

    I saw plenty of evidence of that sort of thing, I can assure you, and they all prey upon the young because they know that if it were not for the freedom that they have to indoctrinate children they might as well shut up shop!

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