Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What's Happening In The Blogosphere When It Comes To Sex Crimes?

I want to bring to your attention that I found this morning out there in blogland. There's an article in the Five Towns Jewish Times - The Blogosphere. Our dear friend UOJ (Unorthodox Jew) is mentioned. It's funny how they it appears that this Jewish paper can not say the words "sexual abuse". They call what UOJ as exposing "physical abuse". We need a tape of Mr. Rogers saying "can you say clergy sexual abuse". Maybe that will help the editor of the 5 towns feel comfortable in talking about a topic that has been taboo for much to long!
These days perhaps one of the most widely read but also controversial frum bloggers is Unorthodox Jew. UOJ, as he is known, identifies himself as an attorney with a penchant to expose extreme cases of hypocrisy in frum Jewish life. His favorite subject is shedding light on what he feels is extreme dishonesty and double standards in Jewish life. He also can’t get enough of insisting that too many rabbinical leaders and organizations have no problem with sacrificing honesty and integrity in order to protect those within their ranks.

For the past two years he’s been extremely vocal and shockingly open about alleged cases of physical abuse that have risen to the surface of late in the community. He’s open and forthcoming about using people’s names, which is both rough and controversial. In the physical abuse cases, he says he is determined to protect Jewish children from abusers and does not understand why our leadership has not been more outspoken on the subject. No doubt it is a sensitive and even difficult subject matter; however, being a victim in a case like this is no doubt even more difficult than the need to talk about it.


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