Did a rabbi betray your trust?
Did you or a loved one suffer sexual abuse at the hands of a rabbi in New York? You shouldn’t have to suffer the pain and anguish alone, nor do you have to remain silent any longer. The New York sexual abuse lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP are here to stand up for the rights of those who’ve been victimized by church figures who they trusted to guide them. Our compassionate team will listen to your story and pursue aggressive legal action to make sure that you get compensation and a measure of justice.
A May 2012 New York Times story began by telling the story of a man whose mentally disabled teenage son was molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn, but went on to describe how victims of sexual abuse “often encounter intense intimidation from their neighbors and from rabbinical authorities, aimed at pressuring them to drop their cases.”
A 64-year-old great-grandmother told the Times that her son told rabbinical authorities in 2008 that he was repeatedly groped as a child by a school official at the United Talmudical Academy in Williamsburg. The school removed the official but denied the accusation and ultimately allowed the man to return to teaching after the victim became too old to file a lawsuit under the statute of limitations.
“There is no nice way of saying it,” the woman told the Times. “Our community protects molesters. Other than that, we are wonderful.”
As the Times noted, the estimated 250,000 ultra-Orthodox Jews in New York City represented the largest such community outside of Israel. In many sexual abuse cases, victims came forward to rabbis and rabbinical courts that might investigate the allegations, pledge to monitor the accused, and possibly order payment to a victim, but never refer the matter to authorities.
Were you or your loved one were the victim of sexual abuse by a rabbi? You do not need to live in fear of speaking out about your experience, and you may be able to help others from becoming victims by identifying your abuser.
Hach & Rose, LLP understands how complicated rabbi sexual abuse cases can be, and we work closely with people to help them gain some measure of justice. You can have our firm answer all of your legal questions as soon as you call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.
Do I Need A Rabbi Sexual Abuse Lawyer?
Having an attorney will greatly increase your chances of securing the most favorable outcome in your case. In addition to possible financial awards a lawyer can help you obtain, they may also be able to achieve meaningful injunctive relief in some cases.
One of the foremost problems in many of these cases concerns all of the time that has usually passed since the abuse occurred. Many people assume that their cases fall outside the statute of limitations, and any claims now would be meaningless, but this is not always the case.
When you have an attorney, they are going to know the forms of legal recourse that could still be available to you, even if your case happens to be several years or decades old. In many cases, the rabbi abusers are still employed by the same institutions.
Everything you share with Hach & Rose, LLP about your case will be kept completely confidential, so you do not have to worry about unwanted publicity surrounding your case. We will do everything we can to make sure that you can hold your abuser accountable for the harm they have caused.