Menachem Mendel Levy’s London Chabad community backed Levy – who comes from a prominent family there – and vilified his victim. They labeled her a prostitute, promiscuous, an enticer, a liar and too insufficiently religious to be trusted.
London Victim Of Chabad Child Sex Abuser Speaks Out
Shmarya Rosenberg • Failedmessiah.com
The Jewish Chronicle has snared an interview with Yehudis Goldsobel, the victim of Menachem Mendel Levy, who began sexually abusing Goldsobel when she was a very young teen.
Levy – who was convicted in May and sentenced last month to three years in prison – was in his late 20s when the sexual abuse began.
Levy’s London Chabad community backed Levy, who comes from a prominent family there, and vilified Goldsobel. They labeled her a prostitute, promiscuous, an enticer, a liar and too insufficiently religious to be trusted.
Goldsobel waived her legal right to anonymity in order to speak publicly about the abuse.
“She speaks of the ‘horrible, messy process’ of battling through the courts, and how she was ostracized from her community — which she was told was her ‘punishment from God’ for being ‘less Orthodox,’” the JC writes.
Goldsobel said her decision to report Levy to police was not easy.
“It’s not a triumph, it wasn’t something to celebrate, but it was something I had to do,” she reportedly said.
Goldsobel reportedly created a charity, Migdal Emunah, to help abuse victims in the Jewish community. She told the JC, which will be publishing its full interview with Goldsobel in the near future, that she hopes that her charity, along with telling her story publicly, will encourage others abuse victims to come forward. And she hopes that through this raising of awareness about child sexual abuse, no one else will have to suffer like she suffered.