Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Advocates For Jewish Abuse Victims Engage In War Of Words With DA Hynes

Mark Mayel Appel with DA Hynes met with a contingent activists on June 9 2012

Advocates working on behalf of Jewish victims of sexual abuse have cancelled a meeting with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, saying they have grown weary of waiting for him to institute reforms and name alleged perpetrators in the Jewish community, according to a report in the New York Daily News (
Hynes last met with a contingent of concerned activists on June 9, and had promised to continue dialoguing with them.
Mark Mayel Appel, who founded the child advocacy group, Voice of Justice, said Hynes continues to play “the same game” and “appease the rabbis in Brooklyn.” He added that “there’s no point in going” to meet with Hynes since he has not moved to prosecute rabbis or other Jewish community leaders who harass victims while continuing to protect molesters.
But Hynes spokesman Jerry Schmetterer denied that the meeting had been cancelled, saying the meeting was only temporarily put off owing to scheduling difficulties. “It’s an ongoing process,” he said. “We are all happy on this end to continue.”

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