This one involving an 11 year old boy molested at Camp Gan Israel in Montreal 25 years ago. His alleged abuser, a camp waiter (a position given to yeshiva students) went on to anally rape boys at knife point in Long Beach, California. The alleged rapist abuser now lives in Betar, Israel.
I will just note two things:
- One of the abusers mentioned in the earlier post is still teaching in a Chabad yeshiva in Montreal. Chabad contacts, including well-placed rabbis, tell me this man is "cured." I told them "cured" or not, he still cannot be left alone around children and cannot be a teacher or in a position of authority over children or young adults.
- Both abuse cases happened when the late Rebbe was both alive and well, fully in control of the Chabad movement. None of the abusers in question were turned over to the police. None were removed from teaching or unsupervised contact with children. Two have continued to abuse. One, the one that is "cured" may have stopped – but this is unclear, because there is at least one more recent allegation against him.
I hesitate to use these incidents to attack the Rebbe. But one must wonder why the Rebbe allowed these men to remain in Jewish education and in unsupervised contact with youth. Further, these men were never turned over to police and have no criminal records. For all anyone knows, these men may be abusing non-Jewish children – or, in the case of this particular abuser, he may be abusing Israeli or Palestinian children.
if enough come forth something will be done
Sunday June 10th 2007, 4:45 am
Filed under: Good vs. Evil
In 1982 I was an 11 year old camper in Gan Yisroel Montreal.One shabbos afternoon I was walking alone in the woods between the shul and the baseball field and I accidentally saw an older waiter with his pants around his ankles standing behind a tree and masturbating.
I tried to quietly walk away but he noticed me and ran up to me and told me to feel his balls.I said I dont want to feel your balls.Then he pinned my throat against a tree with his arm and said if I dont feel his balls he would kill me.
As an 11 year old I was naive and had no idea what sex was, but I did realize that I was violated.So I naturally did what I thought was the right thing and went back to my bunk and informed my counselor of what happened.I thought he would surely believe me, especially since I had red and purple marks on my neck from being thrown against a tree.
Not only did the counselor not believe me but he made fun of me,and threatened to throw me out of camp if I made up stories or told “loshon horah” about anyone.
Since my counselor who was supposed to protect me was not helping,I decided on a primitive form of street justice.I was going to let everyone in the camp know what this waiter did to me by embarrassing him in public.For the next few days, every time I saw the waiter in the lunchroom I would shout out “hey, do you want me to feel your balls”. He looked at his friends and started laughing nervously.I knew I was getting under his skin so i continued.”yeah, dont you want me to feel your balls again like you told me to do on shabbos”
The end result…..I was considered a danger to the camp and I was kicked out.
A few years later I saw this waiter again outside 770 wearing a hat and jacket.He recognized me too and walked the other way.But I was finally able to find out his name.I stored it in the back of my mind.
A few years after that, as an adult I heard his name mentioned in a conversation about child predators.I was told when he lived in Long Beach california he had raped many little boys.Entire families were destroyed by this pervert.There is a victim who is still institutionalized as an adult due to the trauma he faced by being raped.This victims family was torn apart after not being able to deal with the stress of the incident, and the parents eventually divorced.
In hindsight, I wish that my counselor and the staff of gan israel montreal would have done more to stop this pervert before he victimized others.I was only forced to touch his balls, but unfortunately other kids were forced at knifepoint to have anal sex with him.
Last I heard, this pervert was married with 4 children and living in Betar Israel.
His name is ben sherman, yemach shemoh.
Comment by HSD 06.08.07