Hasidic & Orthodox Jewish sex abuse
CBS 2′s Chris Wragge examined the program to find out whose needs are being served.
District Attorney Charles Hynes told CBS 2 that in recent years there have been nearly 100 sexual abuse-related arrests in the community. Unlike other district attorneys, Hynes has not released the names of the accused.
“It’s a civil rights statute that precludes us from identifying the people,” Hynes said.
Hynes said that releasing the names of alleged abusers could result in the accidental identification of the victims inside of a tight-knit community. Some members of that community said that Hynes is being influenced by politically powerful rabbis.
Hynes said that the hotline has resulted in 95 cases being brought to his office’s attention, but some of those cases were actually brought by advocates or police.