Marvin Schick insists that haredi man-on-boy sexual abuse is extremely rare. He also insists that mikvas are not places where this abuse takes place – it’s all too public for that, he huffs, dismissing those who have suffered abuse, and those who suffered it in the very waters meant to purify. This brief post is meant to add another name to list of people Schick tells you do not exist. Daphna Baram writes:
Goel Pinto, a gay journalist who was raised in the Orthodox religious community in Jerusalem and moved to Tel Aviv after having come out and abandoned religion, told of a sexual assault he was subjected to as a child by an ultra-Orthodox man in the local mikvah…
Pinto did this on his Ha’aretz blog. Interestingly, he opposes having the Gay Pride march in Jerusalem, preferring to leave haredim alone in their sheltered world.
[Hat tip: Dr. R-F.]