Victims

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.

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Jesse Friedman Gets Court Hearing To Clear His Name

Jesse Friedman served 13 years in prison after confessing to molesting children who went to take computer classes at his father’s Long Island home in the 1980s, the New York Daily News reported.  But now Friedman fights to clear his name, and film director Andrew Jarecki is helping him.
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Hey, Parents: are you okay with a convicted child molester clearing his name of any wrong doing?

Why would a hollywood film director be involved in advocating for a child molester?  Andrew Jarecki is involved because the recent press surrounding Jesse Friedman, is generating more attention for his film.  Therefor, Andrew Jarecki is in a position to make more money off of his film, Capturing the Friedmans.  Andrew Jarecki is using Jesse Friedman as his puppet.  Can this man be trusted?

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Andrew Jarecki, making up more lies.

Andrew Jarecki Violates Privacy Rights, Secretly Records Conversation

When the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, preformed an Integrity Review of Jesse Friedman’s case, a witness reported that the director of Capturing the Friedmans, Andrew Jarecki, covertly recorded his conversation during a prior discussion.  The

This is one of the many claims that reveal Andrew Jarecki abused the victims privacy rights to better himself, and the attention his film would receive.

“‘stuff really did happen,’ the witness said, and added that pornography was present in the classroom. And Witness 14 also balked at participating in an attempt to exonerate Jesse Friedman: ‘I’m certainly not, not going to sit there and let Jesse Friedman off the hook for what . . . he did to people that I know about.’ “

Read more about this story on Andrew Jarecki Reviews.

 

Victims of Andrew Jarecki’s Film Ask Academy To Reconsider

When Andrew Jarecki’s controversial film, Capturing The Friedmans, was nominated for an Oscar,  victims of the film spoke out, writing a letter Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Andrew Jarecki’s portrayed the victims in his film as if they had invented their stories to satisfy an overzealous Nassau County police force.

According to the New York Times, the letter stated:

”We did not lie. We did not exaggerate. We were never hypnotized to tell our stories.” They said the director had twisted the facts in the film to make it appear that they had.

If the film wins an Oscar, they wrote, ”it will be won at the expense of silencing the plaintive voices of abused children once again, just as our own voices were silenced 16 years ago by the threats and intimidation of our tormentors.”

One of the victims who helped write the letter to the academy, also wrote a letter to the judge who presided over the case:

”This director’s [Andrew Jarecki] cause is wrong and his purpose is self-serving at my expense as well as at the expense of other victims.” 

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Read the full letter on the Leadership Council website.  The Leadership council website is a resource of psychologists who specialize in child molestation.  The council has found fault with Andrew Jarecki’s film, and the manipulative tactics he used to create more ambiguity in his film, in hopes to make more money off his film.

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.

 

Six Victims Expose Andrew Jarecki for Falsifying Film

Sharon Waxman, a correspondent for the New York Times, reported that film director Andrew Jarecki has been criticized by six former victims of his film, “Capturing the Friedmans.” (Watch Andrew Jarecki Exposed on YouTube for more information about why the director has been criticized).

In Waxman’s interview, the victims expose Andrew Jarecki for his misrepresentation of evidence in his film.  In the production of his film, in which he asserts was a fair representation of the Friedmans investigation, Andrew Jarecki omitted and distorted evidence, as well as other imperative information about the case.

“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.”

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

Visit the Andrew Jarecki Lies Facebook Page for the latest updates in the effort to expose director Andrew Jarecki for his insensitivity and disregard for the victims and victims family.

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New York Times: “Victims Say Film on Molesters Distorts Facts”

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.

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 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.