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US women: Gafni assaulted us too

Two American women provide New York Post with details of harrowing sexual abuse by Rabbi Mordechai Gafni

Eitan Amit
Published: 05.22.06, 10:45 / Israel News

Rabbi Mordechai Gafni, who escaped Israel after three women accused of him sexually abusing them, is either Colorado or Massachusetts, according to the New York Post.


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The newspaper reported that Gafni, 46, who was born Marc Winiarz, sexually exploited young Jews in New York as well. In the 1980s, Gafni was an adviser for educational programs in Jewish public schools, but he offered female students more than spiritual advise, the paper said.


Two American women provided the Post with details on how they were sexually exploited by the rabbi 20 years ago, when they were 16 and 13.


"Judy, whose last name is being withheld by The Post, said she was 16 and suffering in a "tumultuous" home environment, including ailing parents, when Gafni invited her to stay at his Flatbush home, where he lived with his second wife, to 'escape,'" the Post reported.


"Mordechai took my hand and forced me to help him climax," she said. "I had never done anything like that before. I had never even seen a man naked. He ejaculated all over me. I felt horrible," Judy recounted. He then threatened that he would "destroy" her if she told anyone, she said.


Gafni abused the 13-year old girl for almost a year.


"He believed it was a mutually consensual relationship," she said. "Which was really horrifying because it was sexual violence, it was physical."


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