From The Awareness Center's daily newsletter:
Case of Jonathan Berkowitz, MSW, CSW, LMSW
(AKA: Yochanan Berkowitz, Johanatan Berkowitz)
Yoga Instructor, School Psychologist, Clinical Psychotherapist
Attended Ohr Somayach - Monsey, NY
New York City, NY; Passaic, NJ; Clifton, NJ
There have been numerous allegations that Jonathan Berkowitz (AKA: Yochanan Berkowiitz) has been sexually inappropriate with women he has dated in orthodox circles, which includes a case of alleged date rape back in 2004.
The alleged survivor filed a police report, went through a rape exam at a local hospital and attempted to pursue this matter with the criminal court system.
A Grand Jury reviewed the matter and considered the evidence involved. As a result of its review, the Grand Jury did not find probable cause for the return of an indictment. Therefore, criminal prosecution was not pursued on this case.
Over the last several years The Awareness Center has also received several phone calls from various women regarding Yochanan Berkowitz's behavior while dating. Many have described his behavior as being sexually inappropriate for an orthodox man. A common theme has been for Jonathan Berkowitz to present himself as a psychologist to potential dates, and to ask several women at the same time to date him exlusively.
According to the state of New York only individuals who hold a Ph.D. or PsyD may call themselves a "psychologist. According to the New York licensing bureau, Yohanan Berkowitz has a Masters Degree in Social Work, holds a LMSW (Licensed Masters of Social Work)
Definition of Acquaintance Rape (including Date Rape) is any non-consensual sexual activity between two or more individuals who know each other. Acquaintance Rape can happen between friends, spouses, girlfriends and/or boyfriends, people who just met, etc. Acquaintance and Date Rape are often very difficult types of crimes to prove in a court of law.
According to the US Department of Justice
61% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
84% of all rapes in the United States are Date (Acquaintance) Rapes
A woman is 5 times more likely to be raped by someone she knows.
57% of all sexual assaults take place on dates or in the context of relationships
If the rape is reported to police, there is a 50.8% chance that an arrest will be made.
If an arrest is made, there is an 80% chance of prosecution.
If there is a prosecution, there is a 58% chance of a felony conviction.
If there is a felony conviction, there is a 69% chance the convict will spend time in jail.
So, even in the 39% of attacks that are reported to police, there is only a 16.3% chance the rapist will end up in prison.
Factoring in unreported rapes, about 6% of rapists—1 out of 16— will ever spend a day in jail. 15 out of 16 will walk free.