Covering Up a Rape at Camp Bnos….
WHAT ARE THEY COVERING UP???
by LostMessiah, March 7, 2016
A Facebook site associated with Camp Bnos, a girls camp of the Agudath Israel movement, shows a picture of a hand with the symbol “Stop Rate Now, No Means No”.
The page is followed by information about an investigation, which appears to be stalled and going nowhere, with the text, as follows:
On a blogpost by Yudel Shain, we found the following from November 13, 2015:
November 13, 2015- URGENT NEED TO KEEP OUR BNOS YISROEL SAFE
Dear Rabbis, parents and Leaders,
We assume you were not notified of the horrific event which took place at Camp Bnos (Agudas Yisroel) this past summer. It is important for you, as a leader, to be made aware that a camper was raped on the girls’ campus. She was left unsupervised and taken advantage of in the worst possible way. There were 2 boys involved.
AS OF LAST SUMMER. CAMP BNOS IS A MAKOM SAKANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Originally, Mr. Meir Frischman admitted it happened, he has since changed his tune (obviously he has since received direction and advice from perhaps the Agudah directors, Rabbonim or Attorneys) and now denies all allegations and has completely removed himself from any & all responsibilities surrounding this situation. He has gone so far as to deny it, and refer to the RAPE as a “rumor”.
The police were notified, and Mr. Frischman did NOT have them speak with more than a few people from the camp. Directors who have been in the camp for literally decades were not notified until they returned home after camp was over.
From An Insider: Meanwhile, a simple observation. We are both familiar with defense mechanisms. I make observations all the time of new mechanisms that are just that, but masquerade as something else. The Agudah position, which we know to be fundamentally flawed, is not really a policy at all. It is a simple effort to cover-up the cover-ups. They cannot do different, because that would be self-incrimination.
This is not the first allegation of its kind against a Camp Bnos from the Agudath Israel establishment. Nor do we believe it will be the last. In fact, there have been many such allegations, all of which have resulted in cover-ups of one sort or another, companies being hired to “investigate” but rather than being legitimate companies, are LLC’s established by the same institution that’s accused of the rape.
AdKan is another site dedicated to issues within the Hassidic community. The transaction of that word is ENOUGH!
The following is a letter that AdKan received from Bnos Malka in Queens, New York, regarding allegations of sexual misconduct made in 2013. Rabbi Oelbaum originally wrote a letter advising the two alleged victims to go to the police with their stories, but has since rescinded his advice as per the letter below.
At what point, Agudath Israel, will you begin addressing the crimes within your community? At what point will the children be able to trust that they are safe? At what point will the rote prayer take second stage to the spirit of Judaism? Certainly covering rape and abuse cannot be the objective of a Love for Torah Judaism?
SPEAK UP, DON’T REMAIN SILENT.
FOR HELP SEE AS FOLLOWS:
To see videos (from Rabbis who believe in the safety of their children) about how to speak to children about personal safety, click here.
To learn more about counseling and abuse, click here.
To contact someone who could be of assistance if you are being abused (the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault), click here
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, click here.