Thomson Reuters News
May 17, 2012
On Wednesday, Hynes himself fired back against all the criticism, penning an opinion piece in the New York Daily News defending the program he started three years ago to address alleged sex crimes in the Orthodox community. Hynes suggests arrests have risen, writing, "the statistics show how absurd it is to suggest that we cover up, downplay or in any way 'give a break' to sex offenders in the Orthodox Jewish community.'"
The debate over Hynes' office has spilled to the streets, too. Yesterday, thousands of supporters of a man indicted on charges of sexually assaulting a girl gathered at a fundraiser on the man's behalf in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Outside, protesters gathered with signs calling to "protect victims, not abusers," the Times reported.
Putting forth a different point of view, the Jewish Week observes that despite the hubbub, New York politicians don't seem eager to weigh in on Hynes' practice of withholding names of Orthodox people who have been accused or convicted of sex abuse crimes.