Remember the recent revelations of how Yeshiva University covered up sexual abuse by faculty of students for decades and that led to the chancellor resigning?
Now nineteen former students of the high school run by it have filed a massive lawsuit.
“Yeshiva University High School held itself out as an exemplary Jewish secondary school when in fact it was allowing known sexual predators to roam the school at will seeking other victims,” said attorney Kevin Mulhearn, who filed the suit on behalf of the 19 plaintiffs. “Childhood sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community can no longer be condoned and excused.”
The manipulation used by these abusers is disgusting.
Sixteen plaintiffs say they were physical and sexually assaulted by Finkelstein, who was named principal even though several students had complained he had abused them. Finkelstein allegedly kept students quiet about the abuse with emotional manipulation.
“Finkelstein, as a YUHS administrator, specifically targeted vulnerable boys for physical and sexual abuse. He preyed upon children of Holocaust survivors and after he abused them implored these children to not add to their parents’ suffering by telling them about his assaults,” the suit claims.
I will never, ever understand the mentality of such people. I hope that this lawsuit encourages other victims in that closed community to come forward so that future abusers realize that they cannot get away with this kind of thing.