Four men are accused of offering a bribe of $500,000 to a woman and her boyfriend, plus other inducements and threats, in order to persuade them to not give evidence against a Hassidic leader who is charged with 88 counts of sexual misconduct, including with minors.
When I observe that the elders in the Orthodox Jewish community, like the hierarchy in the Catholic Church and the Boys Scouts, sought to hush things up rather than seek justice for the victims, I wonder if there is something about male-dominated groups that tends to produce this kind of warped attitudes. The sex abuse case involving Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is another example of a male-dominated environment that seemed to cause people to act as if the abuse was either not going on or was not that big a deal or tried to keep it quiet.
Is there the equivalent of this kind of attitude in female-dominated groups? There are fewer such groups to use as case studies but the gripping 2002 film The Magdalene Sisters (based on a true story, trailer below) revealed the abuse of young girls by nuns in a convent, so we know that it does happen. But does it happen to the same extent?