Rabbi Who Targeted Sex Abusers Hit by Chemical Attack

Says acquaintance threw bleach in his eye
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2012 10:43 AM CST

(Newser) – More woes on the streets of New York: A rabbi and outspoken advocate for victims of sex abuse was injured in an apparent chemical attack as he was walking in Williamsburg yesterday, reports the New York Times. Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg runs a website and hotline that make public accusations of abuse within his Satmar Hasidic community. In an interview from the hospital where he was treated, he said a man he knew came up behind him, tapped him on the shoulder, and said "whoops" as he threw a cup of what may have been bleach in his face.

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Rosenberg was treated for chemical burns around his eye as well as a corneal abrasion, but is expected to make a full recovery. The attack came just a day after Nechemya Weberman was convicted of sexually abusing a young girl. Many in their shared community believe he's innocent, and Rosenberg says the conviction may have partly triggered the attack, though an NYPD rep has said there's no evidence of that. (Read more Hasidic Judaism stories.)

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