Embarrassed By Weberman Trial, Satmar Considers Shipping Rebellious Kids Out Of The Country For Treatment
Embarrassed by the sex abuse trial of Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, an unlicensed "counselor" of "troubled" teen age girls, Satmar leaders are reportedly looking at a different way to deal with rebellious teens – shipping them out of the country and away from prying eyes for treatment.
Simone Weischelbaum of the NY Daily News reports:
Embarrassed by the sex abuse trial of a Hasidic counselor, leaders of Williamsburg’s pious Satmar sect are considering a different way to deal with rebellious teens: shipping them out of the country for treatment.
The idea comes as the jury weighs charges against the counselor, Nechemya Weberman, who prosecutors said molested a then-12-year-old girl referred to him because she wore supposedly indecent clothing, read People magazine and questioned God’s authority in a religious school class.
Without addressing the allegations against Weberman, a Satmar official told the Daily News that leaders are considering ways to avoid similar accusations by victims.
“This was a wakeup call; nobody denies that,” said Gary Schlesinger, who heads a nonprofit tied to Satmar leader Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum.
“Maybe we will send them to an Israeli program or a European program, and the kid will come back a different person.”…