Friday, August 30, 2013

Sexual abuse in New Square Special Report from TV News 12

Westchester News 12   NEW SQUARE - A shroud of secrecy surrounds the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of New Square. Many of the residents shun the outside world and keep to themselves. 

However, a sex abuse victim from the community has spoken exclusively to News 12.
Yossi, who prefers to use only his first name, says he wants to speak out about his ordeal in the hope that other victims of abuse will come forward.

Yossi claims that Herschel Taubenfeld, a teacher in his community, inappropriately touched him three times a week for four months.

The teen asked for help from the head rabbis of New Square who had just set up their own sex crimes unit called the VAAD. The agency told him to see a therapist.

Two months later, Yossi reported the abuse to the Ramapo police. He says that his friends stopped talking to him and treated him like he didn't exist.


  1. Amazing the deals these frum guys can cook up. Public people need their vote.

  2. Very sad, but this is how things work in Skver

  3. According to another article (or maybe a longer version of this one), the abuser obtained "a plea arrangement of six years of probation on 30 misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree sex abuse."

    Six years of probation? That's it?

    It seems that the secular authorities are almost as clueless as the rabbonim. With such a light sentence, one wonders whether mesirah is even an issue anymore. What's the "poor guy" have to do, call a probation officer once a week for six years? Really sad and disappointing.

  4. May Hashem bless this heroic boy in this world and the next. I envy his zechus.

    Putting a confessed molester in a classroom of children?! Is this our wisdom and understanding in the eyes of the nations?! Hashem yerachem

    ben dov


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