February 1, 2012 Comments Off on Sexual Abuse’s Second Shame
Sexual Abuse’s Second Shame BY NICK BRYANT
from: USA Today magazine, January 2012, pps 46-47.
“The reality is that many perpetrators are not shady men in dirty, threadbare trench coats living in seedy hotels, but are, in fact, pillars of our community.”
THE RECENT scandals at Penn State and Syracuse universities, Brooklyn’s Poly Prep Country Day School, Fenway Park, and now the Amateur Athletic Union, along with the intimations of possible cover-ups of child sexual abuse, have citizens shocked and outraged. However, these recent allegations only are the latest variations on a theme of abuse by churches and respected organizations like the Boy Scouts.
Pedophilia seems to exist in a distant parallel universe that is antithetical to the universe of Little League, Disneyland, and the other hallmarks of wholesome, youthful Americana, but the current allegations of pedophilia and the possibility of its cover-up just may be waking up Americans to the reality that this universe may not be as distant as they once thought.
I have shared the outrage at the reports of sexual abuse but, unlike most people, I have not been shocked, because of my research over the last decade. Prior to 2002, I had written extensively on children’s issues, and then I stumbled across a 1987 U.S. Customs report on a “child abuse investigation” that that the agency was conducting, and it described child abuse of the most horrific nature.
Two men connected to the investigation had been arrested and charged with multiple counts of child abuse, and six children, whose ages ranged from two to six years old, had been placed in Florida’s child protective services. The investigation ultimately was quashed by Federal authorities (who should not have had jurisdiction in this situation), and the two men were released from jail and the charges dropped. I was stunned by the report, and it triggered my prolonged odyssey into the depths of child trafficking in America….
Many specialists in the field of child sexual abuse have concluded that it is rare for individuals to fabricate accusations of these crimes. In 2002, The New York Tunes interviewed Patrick Schiltz, former associate dean of the University of St Thomas law school in Minnesota and now a Federal judge, who had defended Catholic dioceses against sexual-abuse lawsuits in more than 500 cases. Judge Schiltz expressed the belief that “fewer than 10” of those cases were based on false accusations.
Likewise, I have spoken with scores of men and women who claim to have been sexually abused. I also have concluded that the overwhelming majority are telling the truth and, of all the victims I have interviewed, I am not aware of a single abuser who has been indicted for his or her alleged abuse….
Another factor that dooms many investigations, and abets corrupt ones, is that victims frequently are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and the adult luring the child frequently introduces the underage individual to drugs or alcohol, further eroding that victim’s credibility. Moreover, the abuser often has powerful allies in law enforcement, government, and the media, who decide that the sordid details are too hot to handle. Add into the mix the public’s understandable squeamishness toward the entire subject of pedophilia, and we arrive at the perfect recipe for cover-up.
The reality is that many perpetrators are not shady men in dirty, threadbare trench coats living in seedy hotels, but are, in fact, pillars of our community. Until our society addresses these facts and its institutions are willing to face embarrassment, instead of heaping more abuse upon victims, our national shame of rampant child abuse and its cover-up are unlikely to end.
The FRANKLIN SCANDAL is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. by Nick Bryant
December 14, 2011 Comments Off on Orthodox sex abuse scandal 117 kid victims and 85 arrests, Dr. Mark Schwartz
Orthodox sex abuse scandal – 117 kid victims and 85 arrests in Jewish enclave
By SUSAN EDELMAN
December 11, 2011
….Andrew Goodman, 27, who worked for Jewish social-service agencies, is charged with sexually abusing two Orthodox boys for years in Flatbush — one from age 11 to 15, the other from age 13 to 16.
Goodman filmed sex acts with the youngsters on a Web cam, according to the 144-count indictment, which alleges numerous violations since 2006. He has pleaded not guilty.
The handsome Goodman, who held parties in his home with liquor and child porn, also “threatened the life” of a boy who reported him to authorities, court papers and sources say.
He’s one of an astounding 85 accused Orthodox child molesters that Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office says it has busted in the past three years in an initiative called Kol Tzedek, Hebrew for “voice of justice.”
The cases involve 117 victims — a number that has the community reeling from the extent of the horrors of pedophilia….
Of the 38 cases closed so far, 14 perps got jail time, ranging from a month to 10-to-20 years for crimes that included sex abuse, attempted kidnapping, and sodomy, Jaus said….
In court papers obtained by The Post, the boy’s pediatrician said the sustained sexual and emotional trauma had “robbed him of his youth.”
The child suffers symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Once “vibrant and energetic,” the doctor said, “that boy is no more.” The abuse “destroyed him.”
from deJoly Labrier – forwarded with permission
When I stayed at River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital in Metarie (New Orleans), LA, Mark Schwartz was there as a therapist, as was his wife at the time. My memories of abuse came to me long before I even got to River Oaks, and I only had contact with him on a few group sessions. The treatment I received from the staff and therapist I was assigned to, were highly respectful, helpful and compassionate. I did a huge amount of healing work at that time. I truly can say that my work with the people who were directly supervised by Mark Schwartz, was positive. Hypnosis wasn’t used, but journaling was.
I’m grateful that my experience there lead me to greater healing. There were a number of therapies used at River Oaks, such as music therapy, art, guided meditations, and movement therapy, as well as 12-Step programs.
The recent articles about Dr. Schwartz damage not only his reputation as a therapist, but it puts doubt in the minds of the general public about the existence of multiple personality disorder, satanic ritual abuse, and mind control.
I am a survivor of all three and the healing process has made me more sane than most people I know. I’m aware that there are non-believers, who would like to bash any information on this topic, but the huge numbers of survivors who weren’t part of Schwartz’ therapy, would prove that these phenomena are real and present in our society’s past and present. If left uninvestigated and bashed, more victims will succumb to the harsh realities of our general inhumanity to children.
For those who would read articles about Dr. Schwartz and have doubts about the existence of MPD, Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) or mind control, I’d suggest that you do further research, visit http://ritualabuse.us and http://dejoly.com
December 6, 2011 Comments Off on Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg
2nd Bi-Annual 24hr TAALK-A-THON to End Child Sexual Abuse – December 10th and 11th, 2011
Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say By Meaghan Murphy December 05, 2011
If a spate of recent allegations proves true, Hollywood may have a hideous epidemic on its hands. The past two weeks have brought three separate reports of alleged child sexual abuse in the entertainment industry.
Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.
On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.
Registered sex offender Jason James Murphy, 35, worked as a casting agent in Hollywood for years before his past kidnapping and sexual abuse of a boy was revealed by the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 17. Murphy’s credits include placing young actors in kid-friendly fare like “Bad News Bears,” “The School of Rock,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and the forthcoming “Three Stooges.”
Revelations of this sort come as no surprise to former child star Corey Feldman.
Feldman, 40, himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, unflinchingly warned of the world of pedophiles who are drawn to the entertainment industry last August. “I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia,” Feldman told ABC’s Nightline. “That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry… It’s the big secret.”….
Arngrim, who revealed her own sexual abuse in her 2010 autobiography, “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch,” explains: “I’ve heard from victims from all over the country. Everyone tells the same kind of story, everyone is told to keep it secret, everyone is threatened with something. Corey Feldman may have opened a can of worms by speaking out, but yes, this does go on.”
Even though Feldman spoke candidly about the abuse, he hasn’t named the predator. “People don’t want to talk about this because they’re afraid for their careers,” says Peterson. “From my perspective, what Corey did was pretty brave. It would be really wonderful if his allegations reached through all of the protective layers and identified the real people who are a part of a worldwide child pornography ring, because it’s huge and it respects no borders, just as it does not respect the age of the children involved.” http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/12/05/recent-charges-sexual-abuse-children-in-hollywood-just-tip-iceberg-experts-say
2nd Bi-Annual 24hr TAALK-A-THON to End Child Sexual Abuse
December 10th and 11th, 2011
We will host a 24 hour internet radio show with guest speakers each hour covering a variety of topics related to child sexual abuse awareness, prevention and support. Hear 40+ speakers from around the world with the brightest minds and the biggest hearts. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
Join us in breaking the silence around the world!
starts with: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State – A Case Study
TAALK – Break the Silence that Surrounds Child Sexual Abuse
The Single Biggest Barrier to Resolving the Child Sexual Abuse Epidemic is Silence
1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before the age of 18
1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18
30-40% of victims are abused by a family member
Another 50% by someone they know and trust http://www.taalk.org/Home%20Page
November 18, 2011 Comments Off on Penn State coach McQueary breaks silence, Expert on pedophilia explains scandal
Penn State coach Mike McQueary breaks silence
16 Nov 2011
Mike McQueary’s comments, in an email made available to The Associated Press on Tuesday, appeared to add more confusion to a scandal that has enveloped the university and resulted in the firing of renowned head football coach Joe Paterno, the ousting of president Graham Spanier and charges of perjury against the athletic director and a senior vice president.
McQueary, now the football team’s wide receivers coach, told a friend from Penn State that he made sure the 2002 shower assault he witnessed was stopped and went to the police about it. The friend made McQueary’s email, written Nov. 8, available to the AP….
Mike McQueary, the coach at Penn State who is said to have witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a shower, has broken his silence, claiming that he did, in fact tell the police about what he saw….
McQueary, who has been placed on administrative leave….wrote: “I did stop it, not physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left that locker room … I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police …. no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds … trust me.”
Expert on pedophilia explains the Penn State scandal Nov 15, 2011
(NECN) – Jerry Sandusky gave an exclusive interview last night to NBC in an effort harness some of the damage wrought by the Penn State sex abuse scandal before he goes to trial for allegedly sexually abusing boys he met from his foundation, the Second Mile.
Dr. Eli Newberger, a renowned expert on child abuse and pedophilia, talks about what Sandusky said in the interview and the victims of Sandusky’s alleged abuse.
November 17, 2011 Comments Off on Penn State is Tip of Iceberg, Sandusky/Costas, Sandusky lawyer got girl pregnant
– Penn State is the Tip of the Iceberg
– Jerry Sandusky: ‘I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped’
– Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, got a 16-year-old client pregnant and later married her
– Judge in child abuse scandal donated to charity – A judge who granted unsecured bail to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky also donated money to the charity he founded.
– The Citadel Faces Abuse Scandal Similar To Penn State’s
Boston Magazines’s Boston Daily
Penn State is the Tip of the Iceberg
We’ve started a conversation now. It won’t be easy, but we should keep it going. BY Barry Nolan 11/14/2011
….PROTECT works with some high-tech wizards and law enforcement agencies to go after those who abuse children and traffic in online child pornography. As the good folks at PROTECT put it:
Child pornography images are crime scene photos, and the thriving black market for them can only be supplied one way: through the rape and torture of more children.
Among their most important victories, PROTECT has managed to close the “incest loophole” in some states. You may find it hard to believe, as I did, but the law in many states gives “special immunity to sex offenders who grow their own victims.” Incest loopholes can provide that:
An uncle who raped his niece was guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by 45 days of community service. Or one that said a father who sexually assaulted his own child had committed a minor felony, punishable by probation.
Because of such laws, parents who raped and sodomized their own children could avoid decades in prison, and instead, be paroled back into the very homes that had served as the crime scene. And their children and spouses could be required to attend “reunification therapy” sessions. Such loopholes have been closed in North Carolina and California and New York. But they still exist all over the country….
More than 90 percent of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
• Most (70 percent) of the sexual assaults reported to law enforcement occurred in the residence of the victim.
• One of every seven victims reported to law enforcement agencies were under age 6.
Jerry Sandusky: ‘I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped’ More from Ex-Penn State coach interview revealed on ‘Today’
BY Teri Thompson NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, November 15 2011
19:00:28:00: “But isn’t what you’re just describing the classic MO of many pedophiles? And that is that they gain the trust of young people, they don’t necessarily abuse every young person. There were hundreds, if not thousands of young boys you came into contact with, but there are allegations that at least eight of them were victimized. Many people believe there are more to come. So it’s entirely possible that you could’ve helped young boy A in some way that was not objectionable while horribly taking advantage of young boy B, C, D, and E. Isn’t that possible?”
19:01:01:00: “Well — you might think that. I don’t know. (LAUGHS) In terms of — my relationship with so many, many young people. I would– I would guess that there are many young people who would come forward. Many more young people who would come forward and say that my methods and– and what I had done for them made a very positive impact on their life. And I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped. There are many that I didn’t have– I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.”
Costas then asks Sandusky if he is sexually attracted to young boys, the portion of the interview that was shown on “Rock Center.”
19:01:47:00: “Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?”
“Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?” Sandusky repeats.
“Yes,” Costas answers.
“Sexually attracted, you know, I — I enjoy young people,” Sandusky says. “I — I love to be around them. I — I — but no I’m not sexually attracted to young boys.”
Judge in child abuse scandal donated to charity – A judge who granted unsecured bail to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky also donated money to the charity he founded.
The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH — A judge who granted unsecured bail to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky also donated money to the charity he founded.
The charity is at the center of child sex-abuse charges against Sandusky.
District Judge Leslie Dutchcot gave money to The Second Mile in 2009 and volunteered for the group, according to annual reports and her web page.
The charity’s 2009 annual report says Dutchcot and her husband donated between $500 and $999 to The Second Mile.
Dutchcot didn’t immediately respond to a question about whether she’ll recuse herself from the case because of those past ties.
The judge set bail for Sandusky at $100,000 but he did not have to post collateral.
Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, got a 16-year-old client pregnant and later married her – Girl was seeking emancipation from her parents in 1996 BY Teri Thompson , Michael O’keeffe & Kevin Armstrong
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
November 15 2011
Joe Amendola, the State College, Pa., attorney representing accused child molester Jerry Sandusky, has an interesting back story himself: He got a teen-age client pregnant during the mid-1990s.
Amendola, 63, married the girl several years after the birth of their child, The Daily reported Monday night, citing documents filed at the Centre County, Pa., courthouse.
Amendola represented a 16-year-old girl then known as Mary Iavasile when she filed an emancipation petition in September 1996. The emancipation petition said the girl had graduated from high school in two years with a 3.69 GPA and held a fulltime job at Amendola’s law office.
The girl gave birth to Amendola’s child when she was 17 years old, her mother, Janet Iavasile, said. Amendola would have been about 49 years old at the time. The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16….
The Citadel Faces Abuse Scandal Similar To Penn State’s
November 15, 2011 by Mark Memmott
There’s a story unfolding in Charleston, S.C., that sounds depressingly similar to the scandal that has rocked Penn State University.
Officials at The Citadel, “the military college of South Carolina,” are admitting they did not do enough after learning that a man in custody in Mount Pleasant, S.C., who has been accused of sexually abusing at least five boys in recent years, was brought to the school’s attention in 2007. Then, school officials were told, he had engaged in inappropriate sexual activities with boys during a summer camp at the college in 2002. An internal investigation was done, but police were never informed…..
Louis “Skip” ReVille, 32, a Citadel alum, is accused of sexually abusing boys he coached in Mount Pleasant. In 2007, as Charleston’s Post and Courier reports, Citadel officials were told by a suspected victim that five years earlier ReVille had invited him and other boys to a dorm room on campus. ReVille, the boy said, showed them pornography and encouraged them to masturbate. The boy was 14 years old at the time.
ReVille went on to become a school principal and coach in Mount Pleasant. Local WCSC-TV reports that investigators say he now has “confessed to charges he sexually molested teen boys, aged 13 to 15.”
November 15, 2011 Comments Off on Penn State Abuse Case – Sandusky admits he showered with and touched boys
More Accusations Surface in Penn State Abuse Case
By MARK VIERA and JO BECKER
November 14, 2011
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Close to 10 additional suspected victims have come forward to the authorities since the arrest of the former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on Nov. 5 on 40 counts of sexually abusing young boys, according to people close to the investigation. The police are working to confirm the new allegations….
In a phone interview with Bob Costas that was broadcast Monday night on “Rock Center,” Sandusky said he was innocent of the charges against him and declared that he was not a pedophile. He did acknowledge, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”
“I could say that I have done some of those things,” he said of the accusations against him. “I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.”….
The Pennsylvania attorney general has said that Sandusky used the Second Mile to prey on young boys and that he met each of the eight boys mentioned in the grand jury report through the foundation.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/sports/ncaafootball/jack-raykovitz-chief-of-second-mile-resigns-amid-penn-state-scandal.html
Jerry Sandusky says he’s innocent but admits contact with kids 11/14/11 Sporting News
Jerry Sandusky says he’s “innocent” of the sexual abuse charges against him, but does not deny that he “horsed around,” showered with and touched boys while a Penn State assistant coach.
Sandusky tells NBC’s Bob Costas that his physical encounters were never sexual in nature. A grand jury indicted the former defensive coordinator on 40 counts of abuse, and Sandusky was arrested earlier this month.’
“I have horsed around with kids I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact,” Sandusky tells Costas via telephone.
Sandusky denies that he’s a pedophile but also admits, “I shouldn’t have showered with those kids.”….
Sandusky is accused of abusing more children after 2002. The New York Times reports at least 10 more alleged victims have come forward since Sandusky’s arrest and that police are investigating their claims. http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2011-11-14/jerry-sandusky-says-hes-innocent-but-admits-contact-with-kids
August 2, 2011 Comments Off on Jewish Communities – Child Sex Scandals, Agencies Failed to Rescue Lilly Manning
Tempest in the Temple – Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals
Amy Neustein, ed.
Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life
Brandeis University Press
2009 Sociology / Jewish Studies 978-1-58465-671-5
Tempest in the Temple brings together fifteen practicing rabbis, educators, pastoral counselors, sociologists, mental health professionals, and legal advocates for abuse victims, each of whom offer insights into different facets of the problem.
This book is divided into three sections. The first section, “When the Vow Breaks,” describes rabbis who break their “vows” through active pedophilia. The second section, “Sacrificing Victims,” illuminates the community dynamics surrounding abuse: how a community unwittingly contributes to the cover-up of abuse; why victims of abuse are all too often ignored or cast off by their religious communities; and the mechanisms by which powerful religious institutions protect their own. The third section, “Let Me Know the Way,” addresses how Jewish communities can overcome the ignorance, bias, and corruption associated with clergy sexual abuse. Solutions—some already successful, others yet to be tried—are explored here.
describes severe abuse
California, Texas agencies all failed to rescue Lilly Manning
By Marjie Lundstrom Jul. 31, 2011
Lilly Manning was 15 when she escaped from a cramped closet in south Sacramento, after being stabbed and beaten and shoved into the darkness.
This time, she said, she knew she would have to save herself.
Government documents confirm she was right. Four different agencies visited the family at least 11 times on reports of suspected abuse or neglect in a five-year period but did not move to protect her or her siblings, according to confidential records obtained by The Bee.
“They came, they looked, they left,” said Lilly, now 19, reflecting on the parade of visitors from law enforcement, Child Protective Services and the schools, some of whom she had secretly called. “We just gave up.” Today, Lilly Manning lives with more than 100 scars etching her 5-foot-3 body, physical reminders of the hammer attacks, beatings, burns and strikes to the head with a 2-by-4 and a padlock swinging from a cord. Earlier this month, her adoptive mother and great-aunt, Lillian Manning-Horvath, was sentenced to up to six years in a mental health facility, followed by consecutive life terms in state prison.
The woman’s husband, Joseph Horvath, was convicted by a jury in 2009 and also sentenced to multiple life terms. Documents and interviews with family members also reveal how a domineering matriarch terrified people who witnessed and endured years of her verbal tirades and physical abuse….
Authorities swept in, and the rest of the children were taken into protective custody in the early morning hours of Nov. 6, 2007. The children would never go home again. Help that didn’t come
Lilly says she does not remember much about those chaotic first days and has “lots of blank spots” about her childhood. She knows that she and her four siblings were removed from their biological mother in the early 1990s and placed with their great-aunt Lillian, who later adopted them. In 2002, their adoptive mom married Horvath, a felon 18 years her junior.
Lilly wants to know more. She recently sought and received nearly 700 pages of documents from the Sacramento Juvenile Dependency Court, which detail the many missteps among government agencies. She shared those records with The Bee. CPS also is preparing to give her her file….
Ann Edwards, director of Sacramento County’s Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees CPS, said she could not legally comment on Lilly’s case for confidentiality reasons. However, she agreed to talk in general terms about issues raised by the case.
“It’s not uncommon for siblings to want to remain together,” said Edwards. “And it’s not uncommon for children to be afraid of the unknown.
“It’s quite remarkable that even children who are horribly abused typically still love their parents, or the people who are abusing them.”
Lilly says today that their adoptive mom often manipulated the kids into keeping quiet or lying, promising she would stop the abuse.
May 28, 2011 Comments Off on Priest Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope’s Adviser
Priest Sex-Abuse Case Hits Church of Pope’s Adviser
By Alessandra Pieracci and Giacomo Galeazzi / La Stampa / Worldcrunch Thursday, May 19, 2011 (GENOA)
The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.
Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges.
Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse….
According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors. In tapped phone conversations the two cursed and swore against God. The priest is charged with having attempted to kiss and touch an underage altar boy and of having exchanged cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18.
Seppia’s defense lawyers are expected to argue that those conversations — monitored since Oct. 20, 2010 — were just words, sex games that were played by adults. It was just a game even when he claimed to have “kissed on the mouth” a 15-year-old altar boy, according to the defense.
April 25, 2011 Comments Off on Victims Say Film on Molesters Distorts Facts
Victims Say Film on Molesters Distorts Facts
By SHARON WAXMAN February 24, 2004
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”Capturing the Friedmans,” the Oscar-nominated documentary that raises questions about the guilt of a father and son convicted of child molestation, is being criticized by six of their former victims, who say the film omitted or distorted important information about their cases.
The six are suggesting that the director, Andrew Jarecki, created more ambiguity than actually existed about the case both to heighten the dramatic impact of the film and to elicit sympathy for the Friedmans. The film tells the story of the disintegration of a seemingly average Long Island family after the father, Arnold Friedman, and son, Jesse, were accused of molesting children in computer classes they held in the basement of their Great Neck home in the 1980’s….
The mother said that Mr. Jarecki’s film omitted a third co-defendant, Ross Goldstein, a teenage neighbor who also pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation and who corroborated some of the children’s accusations at the time and went to prison. She also said that Mr. Jarecki omitted a tearful confession by Jesse Friedman in prison on Geraldo Rivera’s talk show in 1989. Mr. Friedman detailed how his father had molested him as a child. In interviews Jesse Friedman has retracted his confessions, saying he pleaded guilty because he feared he could not get a fair trial and would get the maximum penalty….
Mr. Jarecki said the material on Mr. Goldstein was left out because it duplicated statements by the 13 children but was included in the just-released DVD. He said he considered the Rivera interview unnecessary, since the film showed Jesse Friedman’s confession in court….
Two former victims, including the son of the woman who spoke to The Times, wrote an open but anonymous letter last week to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will give out the Oscars on Sunday. They said that the film portrayed the victims as if they had invented their stories to satisfy an overzealous Nassau County police force.
They wrote: ”We did not lie. We did not exaggerate. We were never hypnotized to tell our stories.” They said the director had twisted the facts in the film to make it appear that they had….
Mr. Jarecki denies that he has become an advocate for Jesse Friedman. Still, Mr. Jarecki has submitted an affidavit on his behalf to the court.
”One of the hallmarks of a balanced film on a controversial subject is that advocates on both sides will never be satisfied that the film supports their agendas,” he wrote by e-mail. ‘