By Gillian Friedman | February 5, 2019 at 4:08 pm MST
A Utah Orthodox rabbi said his childhood nanny sexually abused him for 10 years. Here’s why he decided to tell his story for the first time
SALT LAKE CITY — From behind the witness stand, Utah Rabbi Avrohom (“Avremi”) Zippel gazes out into the sea of faces and prepares to speak.
It’s a dreary Tuesday morning, and normally, public speaking doesn’t intimidate the 27-year-old. Since he was a child — the precocious and prized eldest son of a prominent rabbi — he has reveled in the attention of a crowd. But today, sitting in a courtroom in downtown Salt Lake City, the confidence that usually comes so easily evades him. He clears his throat, and in a voice barely above a whisper, begins to share a story that has haunted him for decades.
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Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
Rabbi Avremi Zippel poses for photographs outside the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.