“Often it isn’t the initiating trauma that creates seemingly insurmountable pain, but the lack of support after.”
― S. Kelley Harrell,
JOHN FLANAGAN AND ANDREW CUOMO, YOU DESERVE TO SIT IN A CELL WITH A RAPIST – THE SAME FATE OF MANY JEWISH YESHIVA CHILDREN WHO ARE CHAINED TO CLASSROOMS WITH SERIAL ABUSERS, AND CHRISTIAN ALTER BOYS WHO ARE VICTIMIZED BY THEIR PRIESTS…
Lost Messiah, June 17, 2016
We cannot go far enough to express our disgust with the latest events within the New York State Senate. There are simply no adequate words that could diminish the weight of the vile behavior of many of our Senators and Governor Cuomo.
For many survivors of sexual abuse, the Child Victims act represented a redemption of sorts. Their experiences and feelings that followed would finally be lit by a light of support and validation. Child victims of sexual abuse would finally have an ability to seek pecuniary damages, for years after their 18th birthdays, albeit after-the-fact. They would likely be saving hundreds of children that followed not only from abuse but from the shame of having been abused.
The Child Victims Act was vigorously fought by organizations related to the Catholic Church and by numerous Jewish organizations who argued that it would place Yeshivas in financial peril years after abuse. These are the same Yeshivas which have turned a blind eye, benefited financially from donations to do so, and allowed the abuse to continue.
In our view, those within the Yeshivas who have hidden abuse deserve to be castrated. The Yeshivas currently hiding or which have hidden abuse (see letters to Rabbi Dratch, amongst others by Erik Aiken of www.protectjewishkids.com.com and articles by Frum Follies), deserve to be financial drowned. It is the least we owe the children.
And the financial implications really are not the pivotal issue for victims. Many victims want to be able to prosecute the abusers after they turn 18 and are old enough to deal with the destruction that has befallen them. In only small measure has this ever been about the money for victims. It has in larger part been about punishing serial sex abusers and making certain that those abusers cannot damage more lives.
For the Yeshivas and Church organizations it is about the financial implications, children’s lives be damned.
Senator John Flanagan, who we have criticized for his political whoring on this issue is one of many who rely heavily on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish block vote to strengthen his political hold of his Senate seat. He has daughters; so we find his position on this nearly unfathomable. Governor Cuomo has proven himself a block vote puppet countless times now; and we only hope that during the next election cycle people vote ANYONE BUT CUOMO into office.
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