N.Y. Sex Abuse Victim Driven Out of High Holy Days Services

The New York Post reports congregation stopped praying, one member demanded the Orthodox Jewish teen who helped convict a Hasidic counselor leave.

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The Orthodox Jewish teen whose testimony helped convict the Satmar Hasidic counselor who sexually abused her was driven out of her own synagogue in Brooklyn on Rosh Hashanah last week, the New York Post reported.

Nechemya Weberman, a Satmar Hasidic counselor, was sentenced to 103 years in prison in January for sexually abusing the teen for three years since she began seeing him at age 12. According to the testimony she provided during the trial last year, Weberman forced her to perform oral sex acts and act out scenes from pornographic movies.

According to the Post, the victim’s husband said a man yelled at his wife: "Moser out of the shul" and members of the congregation stopped praying until she left. Moser refers to a Jew who has informed on another Jew to secular authorities.

“She felt horrible and mistreated. They treat survivors as if they are the abusers,” the woman's husband told the tabloid. According to the report, the couple has suffered harassment and was pressured to drop the case ever since Weberman was accused of sexual abuse.

Nechemya Weberman, center, a religious counselor in New York City's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, is led away in handcuffs in Brooklyn Supreme Court on Jan. 22, 2012.Credit: AP

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