ABC aired its Nightline segment on Rabbi Avraham Mondrowitz, a pedophile who preyed on Jewish and Italian kids in Boro Park and then escaped to Israel, where he has lived openly without censure for about 20 years.
The Brooklyn DA has been faulted for not strongly pursuing extradition. This may in part be because until very recently, his Jewish victims refused to cooperate. Why? Rabbinic and communal pressure. Rabbinic actions encourage cover up, not disclosure. And children are tortured as a result.
But the sad fact is, short of a Federal investigation, only one thing will help protect haredi children from their molesters – attribution. Victims must stand up and say "My name is ________ and I was raped by Rabbi __________." That attribution will allow the government and media to do what haredi rabbis will not do – root out and deal with the abusers among them.
Do you want to spare others the pain and horror you have suffered? If you do, come forward now. Go to your local District Attorney or the police. Call the New York Times or ABC. Act now. The rabbis who allowed Kolko to molest for thirty years and Mondrowitz to live safely in Israel are the same rabbis who will allow the next rabbinic abuser to escape justice, while his victims suffer horrors only you truly understand.
Now is your chance. Stand up for these kids. Save their lives. If you remain silent, rabbis will enable their rape, just like they enabled yours.
What if someone had stood up to Rabbi Kolko 30 years ago? Or Mondrowitz? Imagine the pain you would have been spared, how different your life would be! You can do that now for an entire generation of children. You can give them a gift larger than any other – life. May God help you, guide you and protect you as you do. The chain of silence and fear must be broken immediately.