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The Outcast

posted on November 14, 2014

At The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv profiles Sam Kellner, a Hasidic Jew, who exposed a wide web of sexual child abuse in his tight-knit Brooklyn community. Kellner was ostracized from his faith after he reported the abuse of his son to the police. He faced harsh criticism from his community, which is skeptical of secular government and requires special permission to go to the polices. Since his son’s case, rabbis have become even less willing to allow victims to report abuse to the authorities. Recently, when a father whose daughter had been sexually abuse asked Kellner for advice, he responded, “If you go to the police, you’re probably going to end up with zero.”

Read at The New Yorker