Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kids Being Targeted All Over Jerusalem

The following was reported on Kikar HaShabbat and translated by YWN
Residents of the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Maalot Daphna, Shmuel HaNavi, Golda Meir and Arzei HaBira (ed. note: also Ramat Eshkol) are concerned over attacks against children in those communities, Kikar Shabbat reports that a small girl in a playground (ed. note: playgrounds seem to be abusers' favorite place to work) in Arzei HaBira was targeted on Monday, 28 Sivan 5772 as she entered a closed slide. It appears the attacker, dressed in chareidi clothing, was waiting inside. M, a female resident of the community saw the girl crying her heart out explaining “At first none of us understood what was going on. A bit later she explained that she entered the slide and was attacked by a man there, a strange man.” 
Residents explain this is another attack in the community and they are more than a bit concerned. They are not sitting around waiting for miracles, and they have begun by posting announcements to increase awareness and hoping to obtain information that may lead to his apprehension. P, a resident of Maalot Daphna was a witness to such an attack a number of weeks ago. “I saw a chareidi male attacked by residents. It appears he tried to attack a child. He was spotted and they ran after him”. The perpetrator managed to flee and remains at large at this time.
Check out the story on YWN over hereThe original story on Kikar HaShabbat has some further reports, which I have translated:
A seven-year-old girl was attacked by an Orthodox-looking guy on Shavuot morning at 7:20. A mother and daughter were making there way out of the old city towards their neighborhood. The girl ended up walking alone for several minutes when a strange man approached and began to talk to her. It is suspected that the man dragged her into the parking located behind the building and brutally assaulted her.
The attack took place near the home where her family lives, and there is horrifying footage from security cameras recorded the minutes preceding the attack.
When the holiday ended, neighborhood residents were quick to review the camera footage for security cameras and have confirmed the testimony of the child. The footage shows, a teenager of around 18, who is visibly Orthodox, follow the girl and drag her down in the parking lot.
It seems to me that the reports are a little vague with their use of the word "attack".  It can either mean that someone literally attacked children at the playground. But what sounds likelier to me is that these are cases of abusers attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to abuse children. After all, who's ever heard of someone attacking children? And it's not just one "attack" that's being reported, but three!

Therefore it's clear to me, its another case of child abusers roaming around areas where kids are vulnerable.  I find it unfortunate (and unprofessional) that the news outlets aren't reporting the news literally.

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