Child Abuse

Convicted Sex Offender Sues District Attorney

Jesse Friedman served 13 years in prison after confessing to molesting children.  He continues fighting to clear his name with the help of Andrew Jarecki.  It was announced last month that convicted sex offender Jesse Friedman’s law suit against Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice will proceed.  Friedman filed a suit against the DA  and two of her aides for defamation.  After initially dismissing Friedman’s suit, the judge has now decided to let Friedman proceed with his case.

This law suit filed on behalf of Friedman, with the support of director Andrew Jarecki, has sparked a controversial debate:

If convicted of child molestation in the court of law, is it right for the offender to sue for defamation?

It is important to put ourselves in the shoes of Friedman’s victims, and victims family members.  How do they feel?  How do the victims feel seeing their attacker fight to clear his name after being convicted by a jury?   Even after the Nassau County Review Team conducted a reinvestigation of the case as requested, the conviction was upheld.  The report stated the original conviction against Friedman was justified.

In fact, the reinvestigation found several errors made by Andrew Jarecki while producing his film, Capturing the Friedmans.  Jarecki’s intention of his film Capturing the Friedman’s has been under scrutiny for a long time.  His failure to comply with the investigation team revealed his true intentions of the film: to create ambiguity and manipulate the victims to portray Jesse Friedman in a certain light.   This ambiguity created would earn Jarecki a storm of media attention and millions of dollars.


Andrew Jarecki’s Film Investigated by District Attorney

In June 2013, after a three-year reinvestigation of Jesse Friedman’s case, the Nassau County DA concluded that their findings of the reinvestigation “Only increased confidence in the integrity of Jesse Friedman’s guilty plea and adjudication as a sex offender.”

A main focus of the reinvestigation by the review team, were the actions of the film’s producers, including director Andrew Jarecki.

Much of the public debate surrounding Jarecki’s controversial film, is Jarecki’s push to turn Jesse Friedman’s alleged innocence into a controversial, self-serving, public relations campaign.  Furthermore, the reinvestigation noted that Jarecki was not forthcoming with evidence that he had access to.

Jarecki chose to share only partial evidence, “thereby rendering it of poor evidentiary quality,” according to the Review Team.

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Andrew Jarecki, the multimillionaire director behind “Capturing the Friedmans,” continued his assault on victims of sexual abuse by throwing a party in honor of convicted child molester Jesse Friedman at his lavish New York City home last month.

In June, Friedman surfaced at a party hosted by Andrew Jarecki and his wife Nancy to celebrate the launch of the Marshall Project, a not-for-profit news organization focused on reforming the criminal justice system.

Jarecki’s celeb-filled bash – which landed him on Page Six of the New York Post – is the latest stunt by the controversial director to gain publicity for his films.

Friedman – who was found 100% guilty of sexually abusing children even after his case was reviewed by an independent panel of experts – is an ironic choice for the face of an organization that seeks to start “a national conversation” about the criminal justice system.

First, Friedman is middle-aged, white and male – which hardly speaks to the racial bias in our nation’s courts and prison.

Secondly, Friedman was not the victim of mandatory sentencing for low-level offenses, like marijuana possession. Faced with over 100 counts of sodomy, Friedman failed two lie-detector tests, confessed to his crimes and pled guilty to molesting 13 children. He was paroled after serving only 13 years of an 18-year prison sentence.

Lastly, Friedman’s conviction was not the result of bad or incompetent lawyers. A top-notch legal team including the famed civil rights lawyer Ron Kuby has long represented Friedman. On top of that, much of cost of Friedman’s numerous appeals has been bankrolled by the wealthy Jarecki.

But the hypocrisy doesn’t end there.

How does an organization dedicated to “excellent journalism about the U.S. court and prison systems” align itself with Jarecki – who has been publicly criticized for distorting crucial facts about the Friedman case?

After the release of his film, six victims of the Friedmans bravely came forward and accused Jarecki of creating “more ambiguity than actually existed about the case both to heighten the dramatic impact of the firm and to elicit sympathy for the Friedmans.”

Jesse Friedman was not wrongly convicted – and Andrew Jarecki is not an unbiased documentary filmmaker.

The founders of the Marshall Project should be wary of these wolves in sheep’s clothing.

Andrew Jarecki

“They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” – Matthew 7:15

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Bikers Protect Child Abuse Victims

In a recent NPR story, reporter Gloria Hillard interviews a group of motorcyclists part of an organization called “Bikers Against Child Abuse.”

A report of child abuse is made every 10 seconds in the U.S., and victims often find themselves feeling helpless. But some children are getting assistance from a group of unlikely heroes — on motorcycles. Gloria Hillard reports on Bikers Against Child Abuse, an organization that promises to support scared kids on their way to court.

Listen to the story or read the full transcript on NPR.

To learn more about the Bikers Against Child Abuse organization, visit their Facebook page.


The Need For Child Abuse Education

Supporting responsible research and information on child abuse and sharing that information with the public, is how we can help protect victims from being taken advantage by money-hungry members of the media. Controversial film director Andrew Jarecki, is just one example.  For the production of his film “Capturing the Friedmans,” Andrew Jarecki used several tactics to create an ambiguity in his film and to gain media attention, at the expensive of the victims.  Distorted interviews and withholding pertinent information from officials, are just a few of the offenses committed by Andrew Jarecki. Darkness to Light is a nonprofit with the mission of reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse through public awareness and education.

Darkness to Light

 In a recent blog post, Darkness to Light addresses the question:”Do you think the government should mandate preventative education for K-8?”

“Over the past few years, we’ve seen much more governmental involvement and interest in child sexual abuse legislation. This is certainly one avenue to prevention and early intervention, and lately there has been some success with initiatives for prevention programs developed for children. Mandates should also include adult-focused prevention, especially in the field of education. Child sexual abuse prevention is primarily an adult responsibility. There is no doubt that children need to understand concepts like physical boundaries, appropriate touch, and reporting uncomfortable situations or actual abuse to a trusted adult. But no matter how much education children receive, they cannot always fend off unwanted advances or overcome threats and manipulation – things at which abusers excel. Adults are uniquely positioned to protect kids by creating environments that are as safe as possible. We should equip kids with the knowledge to understand abuse and to protect themselves, and then we should do everything in our power to ensure they never have to use this knowledge. Ideal mandates would take this into account and focus on prevention and response education for youth workers. Mandated reporting is not enough – there must be a strong element of prevention included. We mention educators, specifically. This is because educators identify 52% of all identified child abuse cases, more than any other profession including child protective services agencies and the police. Teachers may be the single best protection network children have, and yet two-thirds of them have not received training in how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse. All of these options are part of a comprehensive system to prevent child sexual abuse. Ideally, every government, community, and parent would recognize the importance of protecting children from sexual abuse. Cultural change requires a team effort.”

Learn more about the real story behind Andrew Jarecki and the intentions of his film by visiting the Andrew Jarecki Lies Facebook page.

Andrew Jarecki Calls District Attorney’s Investigation “Superficial”

In an interview with the Daily News, filmmaker Andrew Jarecki refers to the Nassau County district attorney’s investigation as a “superficial probe.”  Jarecki felt that his own investigation was “far more thorough” than the district attorney’s.

How thorough was Jarecki’s research? Not thorough at all, as highlighted in the three-year reinvestigation conducted by the Nassau County district attorney.

It was a documentary loaded with fiction,” as stated by the Daily News. “The Nassau County DA’s office blasted the 2003 film ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ as misleading, and accused the moviemakers of interfering with the probe they were responsible for reopening. The report said the filmmakers misrepresented comments from an investigator and the judge presiding over the case, and took at face value comments by one victim that he was ‘hypnotized,’ when there’s no evidence of such.”

By claiming his own personal investigation is superior to the district attorney’s investigation, Andrew Jarecki insults the investigators of the Nassau County district attorney’s office, as well as the victims.  In fact, the reinvestigation revealed that Andrew Jarecki would not hand over some of the evidence under his control, and refused to hand over the unedited versions of interviews used in the production of his film.  Andrew Jarecki has no regard for the emotional damage inflicted upon the victims.

Deconstructing The Ambiguity Created By Andrew Jarecki’s Film

The Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence is committed to protecting children and supporting responsible research and information on child abuse.  An analysis of the documentary “Capturing The Friedmans” conducted by The Leadership Council, reveals the tactics used by film director Andrew Jarecki, in order to create ambiguity in his film.
In his documentary, Andrew Jarecki is able to manipulate his audience with the tactics he used during production and editing process of the film.  The Leadership Council stated:

“Jarecki’s documentary creatively interweaves recent interviews with home movies shot by the older Friedman brother as the events were unfolding. The effect is a complex story where truth appears ever elusive. Many viewers leave the theater believing that they have seen an objective documentary presented by a director who entrusted audiences to draw their own conclusions on Arnold Friedman’s and Jesse Friedman’s guilt. A careful review of the original evidence, however, shows that the case against the Friedmans was much stronger than the film revealed.”

Jarecki accomplished this through omitting reference to some of the most damning evidence and by promoting common myths about child sexual abuse.  Andrew Jarecki’s work promotes social acceptance of those myths by silencing victims which shows disregard the pain and suffering faced by the victims and victims families.

The Leadership Council

The Leadership Council On Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence

It is important to educate the public on the issues of these crimes against children.  Additionally, it is important ensure the public has access to accurate information, not myths, regarding child abuse and other forms of interpersonal violence.  The Andrew Jarecki Lies Facebook Page works to provide accurate information regarding the truth about Andrew Jarecki and exposing his controversial tactics.

For additional research, visit The Leadership Council website.

Child Abuse Prevention Month

Child abuse can have damaging effects not only on the victims, but also on the families and community as they must address the aftermath of abuse.  School staff, family members, friends and neighbors all play important roles in preventing and responding to child abuse.  When the issue of child abuse is not taken seriously or even disregarded, this can lead to further damaging effects on the social and emotional well-being of the victims and victims families.

Several reports, including a reinvestigation led by the Nassau County District Attorney of Jesse Friedman’s case, for which film director Andrew Jarecki used as the subject of his controversial film, “Capturing the Friedmans,” indicate that Jarecki had no regard for the victims or victims families involved in the case.  The Leadership Council reported:

“Our research into the case shows that the director [Andrew Jarecki] of the film sacrificed truth in favor of creating artistic ambiguity. Clear evidence is omitted and facts are distorted. In addition, the film relies on popular but erroneous myths about child sexual abuse. As a result, uncertainty is created about the guilt of two confessed pedophiles — who are recast as victims — while the real victims — the boys and their families — are portrayed as untrustworthy.”

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During the month of April, several events and activities took place across the country to raise awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Although the awareness month has come to a close, you can support families and protect children all year round. Even the smallest acts can help protect children, strengthen families, promote traits that help protect families and prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

Visit the American Human Association website for donation information, or donations can be made to Pinwheels For Prevention.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends “Big Pinwheel Garden” at Navy Pier, Chicago, to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month and promote the pinwheel as the symbol for healthy starts for all children.

Director Andrew Jarecki Deceived Child Abuse Victims in Documentary

The New York Times published a feature article highlighting the criticism faced by Andrew Jarecki’s controversial film “Capturing the Friedmans.”  The victims assert that Jarecki’s film omitted and distorted pertinent information about their cases.

According to the New York Times, Andrew Jarecki created more ambiguity than actually existed about the case, as stated by six victims:

The six are suggesting that the director, Andrew Jarecki, created more ambiguity than actually existed about the case both to heighten the dramatic impact of the film and to elicit sympathy for the Friedmans. The film tells the story of the disintegration of a seemingly average Long Island family after the father, Arnold Friedman, and son, Jesse, were accused of molesting children in computer classes they held in the basement of their Great Neck home in the 1980’s.

“He had all the evidence, and for some reason he chose not to use it.” – Mother of the accuser

Andrew Jarecki has been inconsistent in responding to questions asked about his research for the film. Jarecki was asked repeatedly by the New York Times if he knew of a lie-detector test that Jesse Friedman took and failed.  Jarecki said he did not know anything about the lie-detector test, yet in an interview Jarecki spoke about the lie-detector test in detail, saying he considered it “inconclusive”.

One of the victims, a 24-year-old law student, wrote a letter to the judge who presided over the case, the victim stressed that Andrew Jarecki’s cause behind the film is wrong and self-serving:

This director’s cause is wrong and his purpose is self-serving at my expense as well as at the expense of other victims… It was under the guise of an educator that Arnold and Jesse Friedman used computer technology to show young children pornography… I became afraid of everything beyond my control. My childhood curiosity was replaced with an inherent distrust for adults, authority figures and every unknown.

The full letter from the victim can be read on The Leadership Council website.

Although Jarecki denies claims that he has become an advocate for Jesse Friedman, Jarecki has submitted an affidavit statement on Jesse Friedman’s behalf, to the court.

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