By Adam Martin (The Atlantic)
May 10, 2012
The thing is, this is only a story because the community's so insular and the reporting so spare, and most people outside the ultra-Orthodox world know little to nothing about it. It's not like there's more abuse among the ultra-Orthodox, according to Otterman and Rivera: "Scholars believe that abuse rates in the ultra-Orthodox world are roughly the same as those in the general population, but for generations, most ultra-Orthodox abuse victims kept silent, fearful of being stigmatized in a culture where the genders are strictly separated and discussion of sex is taboo." There's also a stigma against turning over fellow Jews to non-Jewish authorities, as well as simple community pride and the desire to avoid stigmatization.
Anyway, it's a fascinating read, and we're looking forward to the follow-up tomorrow on criticism against the Brooklyn district attorney for his handling of abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community.