By Shmarya Rosenberg (Failed Messiah blog)
November 27, 2012
1010 WINS reports from the Brooklyn trial of Rabbi Nechemya Weberman:
…A teen alleging a prominent member of Brooklyn’s Satmar community sexually abused her over three years took the stand Tuesday to describe her alleged ordeal.
In a quiet, controlled voice, the now-married 17-year-old said she endured years of abuse at the hands of 54-year-old Nechemya Weberman.
The teen’s father had taken her to Weberman for counseling because he thought she had a boyfriend…
The teen told a packed courtroom that from her first meeting with Weberman in an office next to his Clinton Hill apartment, the much-respected Orthodox Jewish leader sexually abused her.
In fact, she said it happened every time they met from 2007 — when she was 12 — and continued through 2010.
The accuser said that Weberman would triple lock his door before the abuse, which allegedly took place twice a week for the three years.
At one point, the teen said she stopped eating for three days. The accuser said she was so depressed she couldn’t stop or even talk to Weberman.
The teen also described another incident in which she claimed Weberman came to her home.
“He got into bed with me and I wanted to die,” the teen stated in court.…
The proper way to refer to someone in this girl's situation is not as "the accuser" – something the NY Daily News' Oren Yaniv has also done in his tweets from the trial. The proper way to refer to her would be "the alleged victim" or "the teen alleges."
Calling her "the accuser" is pejorative, just like calling Weberman "the rapist" would be pejorative in this particular circumstance
And you won't find the Daily News of 1010 WINS calling Weberman that now.
In fact, you probably won't find them doing it even after he's convicted.
Update 5:56 pm CST – The Wall Street Journal has a much better report. Here's an excerpt:
…The teen testified she was taken to see Weberman after school leaders deemed her a problem after she questioned her religion.
“I had a lot of questions about religion. … How do you know God exists?” she said, adding that in response her teacher “yelled at me and sent me to the principal. It happened to me a lot of times.”
…Speaking in almost inaudible tones and at times struggling to hold back tears, she described the alleged abuse in detail for more than three hours.
“I just froze,” she said about their first encounter. “I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to respond. I didn’t know how to fight back. I was numb.”
“He would continue touching me all the time,” she said, adding later, “I wanted to die rather than live with myself.”
The testimony brought many in the audience to tears, with court officers having to quiet attendees for whispering loudly during breaks in testimony.…
The girl testified that her parents had suggested she drop the case as recently as six months ago, taking her to a Rabbi, who tried to get her to drop the case.
When asked by a prosecutor what was the benefit of proceeding, she answered, “peace.”
Asked about the pressure to drop the case, she gave several examples, including “intimidation,” “intimidation of my parents,” “loss of business,” “having my nieces kicked out of school.”…