According to the New York Post on Jan. 23, one small piece of evil in this world came to an end yesterday in a Brooklyn, N.Y. courtroom. Nechemya Weberman was sentenced to 103 years in prison for torturing and sexually abusing a young girl.
The now 18-year-old victim, probably scared half to death, had the guts to face him down in court one last time to recount his crimes against her. He couldn't look her in the face.
The girl told of how for three years Weberman burned her with lighters, sexually abused her and told her she was human garbage. Her crime? Questioning her religion.
Both Weberman and the victim are part of the Satmar community, a secretive sect of Hasidic Judaism. You don’t question. He was sent to counsel her when she did.
The writer of the Post article claims the community knew about it and did nothing, that they betrayed her, shunned her and threatened her. Reportedly, the harassment persists.
The victim’s testimony at sentencing is gut-wrenching.
“Personally, I feel that the outcome of abuse is, in a way, far worse than murder,’’ she said, dissolving into tears.
“With murder, the person is dead and it is final. By abuse, the victim experiences death over and over. Again and again.’’
“I would cover up the burn marks inflicted on my body he used to serve his sadistic pleasures,’’ she recounted.
You can hear more in the video to the left of this article or by clicking here.
As unlikely as it may seem, this young woman has attempted to make a new life for herself. She is now married and attending college.
As to Nechemya Weberman, he was defiant right up until the end. His attorney continues to claim that he is the victim of a contrived story, that the young woman made it all up. Whatever came out in that courtroom convinced a jury otherwise.
One can only hope that this young woman will be able to get on with her life. She will never forget.