B”H, 9 Years in Prison for Nachlaot Pedophile “Rabbi” Zalman Cohen
We had to wait 3 years, but we finally got it…A 9-year prison sentence for Nachlaot pedophile “Rabbi” Zalman Cohen! (This is the second sentencing in the Nachlaot case–Nachlaot pedophile Binyomin Satz is serving a 15 year sentence.)
This good news came on the tail of some horrifically awful news regarding sexual offenders in the State of Israel today.
YNet journalist Omri Efraim wrote earlier this week:
“Only 1/8 of reported sexual offenses lead to indictments
“Large percentage of complaints never lead to indictments, mainly because of lack of evidence. Last year saw a 12% increase in calls to crisis centers, which are demanding that the government take action.
“Only one in eight sex crime cases made it to court in 2013, according to a report from the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel which will be presented to the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality on Monday.
“According to the report, which is based on data from the state prosecution, 5,238 sex crime cases were handled by the prosecution last year. Out of that, only in 594 cases indictments were filed. In most cases, 71.4 percent, the cases were closed due to the lack of evidence.”
These terrifying stats are even worse than they seem, because:
1. Not all indictments lead to prison time. We found that out the hard way in Nachlaot, when a hard-earned indictment evaporated into thin air because of “lack of evidence” resulting in the release of a neighborhood pedophile a few months ago.
2. Keep in mind that these statistics are generally referring to cases when an adult was sexually assaulted. And still, in the vast majority of cases, the courts don’t consider that testimony of an ADULT sufficient evidence to indict. Now, think of the way a judge perceives the relative reliability of a 5-year-old’s testimony…That means the rate of indictment in cases involving children is even lower than 1 out of 8! Again, something we have learned the hard way in Nachlaot. We have seen here how the vast majority of predators involved in the huge Nachlaot case are still walking around completely free—without even the trace of a criminal record warning schools etc. that these are dangerous people who should not be working around children.
Why am I sharing all this depressing news?
I just want to remind us all that the Zalman Cohens— sexual offenders who are placed behind bars– are few and far between.
That means we can’t rely on the police or the courts to protect our children from sexual predators.
The only way to keep our kids truly safe is through careful parenting and education.