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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM
Subject: Surviving Pesach: Jewish Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>
 
The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209
443-857-5560

Surviving Passover:  Jewish Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
© (2003, Revised 2006) by Na'ama Yehuda, MSC, SLP, TSHH and Vicki Polin, MA, ATR, LCPC

 

 
There are many issues surrounding holidays and childhood sexual abuse that have rarely, if ever been addressed in our communities. One of those issues pertains directly to surviving Jewish holidays.

It's not too surprising that many adult survivors of childhood abuse (emotional, physical and sexual abuse) have difficult times during Passover (Pesach), as this time of the year can bring up painful memories of families get together and that routines are changed. Plus there is the added stress of cleaning your home top to bottom, preparing, and "doing it right." These issues alone can be extremely stress producing; yet in a home where violence occurred, would most likely lead to an increase of abuse.

Parents who are already inclined to use their children as an outlet for emotions and urges, are even more likely to do so when under the pressure of increased anxiety.

Many survivors of childhood abuse report that they were abused more around and over a holiday period then any other time of the year. Remember Passover brings with it--on top of cooking and cleaning--an added financial burden.
 
This is written as a reminder to all survivors of child abuse -- YOU ARE NOT ALONE. It is not uncommon for symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to emerge this time of year, even after times of relative remission and/or intensify in those already struggling.
 
It is not unusual for Survivors to experience an increase in disturbing thoughts, nightmares and flashbacks. Thoughts of self-harm, even suicide, may be an issue. The important thing to remember is these feelings are about the past, the abuse is over, and that it is of utmost importance for you to be kind to and gentle with yourself.
 
Over the years we have spoken to many adult survivors who find it very painful to even consider going to a seder. This is OK. Someday you may feel different, but if the pain is too intense, it is important that you do things that can be healing. Set healthy boundaries for yourself and do what feels safe for you. If you have a rabbi that is sensitive to child abuse issues, discuss these issues with him or her.

One survivor shared that she felt uncomfortable not doing anything for Pesach, so she'd rent the "Ten Commandments" each year on Seder nights and watch it, forming her own ritual of remembering the events that lead to the Seder night. Another survivor would invite other Jewish Survivors over to her home and they would use "The Survivors Haggadah" for their services. Another person used the time before Pesach for "spring cleaning" her relationships--reconnecting with friends with whom she feels safe, airing out the achievements of the last year and making resolutions for added liberation from her past for the coming year. The survivors above found a way to celebrate a "modified" Pesach, but there are many others for who just try to survive this time of year by pretending that there is no such thing as Pesach.
 
The goal is for you to do things that are healing and brings about an emotional freedom. Remember you are not alone, not wrong, not bad for having second and third and forth thoughts about how to celebrate and if to celebrate the holiday.
 
Look into yourself and see what you need, then do what you can to do it. Be kind to yourself for needing to make these adjustments. And remember, when Bney-Israel left Egypt to walk toward a new era--they were walking from a place they knew, but was of pain, to a place unknown, but free. The essence of the Seder night is to remember, and ask why, and be expected to understand and participate only to the extent one can.

Have a gentle, safe holiday!

Also see: 

Survivors Haggadah
 
Passover Prayer on Behalf of Abused and Neglected Children

Suicide Prevention

 


 


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From: <VICKIPOLIN@aol.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 10:08 AM
Subject: Jewish Sex Offenders and Prison / Girl Raped in Borough Park, NY
To: undisclosed-recipients
Here are two more installments of Rabbi Nochem Rosenberg's Jan. 11, 2009 Update on what's happening in Brooklyn.  I'm slowly getting the entire interview up.
דרשות חדשות מחודש יאנואר

To view Parts 1 - 8 click here:
http://theawarenesscenter.blogspot.com/2009/01/rabbi-nochem-rosenbergs-update-january.html
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209
443-857-5560
 
Let's talk about Incest
By Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC, NCC
Founder/CEO - The Awareness Center.
46% of all sex crimes committed against children occur in the home.  The remaining 54% is made up of babysitters, teachers, doctors, therapists, scout leaders, camp counselors,  neighbors, etc.  It is only 2% of all cases involve a member of the clergy.  Why is it that the Jewish news media seems to only want to bring attention to clergy abuse cases or those that involve a religious institution, when statistically these sorts of cases are only the tip of the iceberg?  As a community we need to be addressing all forms of sex crimes, especially those committed against our children.  We need to be reaching out to all survivors and not just those who were violated by clergy and or those connected to religious institutions.

Below is a case that involves incest in Italy.  It is not uncommon for an incest survivor to continue to be abused by their offender(s) into adulthood.  Many survivors don't know how to get the abuse to stop.  Many incest survivors may love their offender(s) as a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.  It's not so straight forward as when a case occurs outside the home.

Can you imagine the embarrassment and shame that an incest survivor faces, especially when the abuse never stops?  Incest is not a crime that is always violent.  The offender(s) can be very caring, loving and nurturing.  Incest survivors may think that having sexual relations with a parent is normal.  It's something they grew up with.  Like in all cases involving sex crimes, sometimes there's confusion because the act of sex can feel good.  Survivors sometimes feel that their bodies betrayed them because they can not control the fact that they had an erection or orgasm.  The survivor may have grown up feeling that they were special because their offender "made love to them".  If they told anyone, they would no longer be "special".
 
When an incest survivor grows up in a home in which there is also emotional, psychological and physical abuse it may complicate things even more -- especially when gentle glove incest is also mixed up in the equation.  
 
When a child is being terrorized at home, they often feel that there is no one they can turn to for help. They often blame themselves for what is or has happened.   It's highly unlikely that an incest survivor will turn to the non-offending parent for help, especially when the abuse involves another parent.  If an incest survivor discloses their abuse to anyone, they risk so much more then the survivors who are abused outside the home.  Incest survivors risk loosing their families, their home, friends, schools and any sense of stability they might feel they have.  
 
When your an incest survivor there may not be any other victims created by your perpetrator.  I've spoken to so many incest survivors over the years who wanted their story to be published in a Jewish paper, yet were told that they need to find two other victims of the same offender for the paper to publish the stories.  This is a very scary policy considering the majority of those who are sexually abused occur in the home and there's a stronger likelihood that they may be the only victim by a particular perpetrator.
--------------------------------------------------------------
 
Italy rape case compared to Fritzl
Italy rape case compared to Fritzl
Sky News -  Saturday March 28, 2009
Italian police say they have arrested a man for forcing his daughter to have sex with him for 25 years.

The 64-year-old junk vendor had allegedly raped his daughter, now 34, regularly since she was nine-years-old, deputy prosecutor Pietro Forno of the northern city of Turin told AFP.

He was arrested a few days ago, while his son has been in police custody since last month accused of raping his four daughters, Forno said.

Both the father and the son have strongly denied the allegations against them, the ANSA news agency reported.

Erroneous press reports, giving the older man's victim the pseudonym Laura, earlier said he had imprisoned his daughter.

Fritzl received a life sentence last week for the repeated rape of his daughter over 24 years during which he kept her in an underground hideaway and fathered seven children with her.

Forno said Laura 'was strictly speaking free, though she did nothing without her father, who completely dominated her psychologically'.

Laura was the eldest of nine children, Forno said, adding that 'according to a family rule, the eldest daughter was reserved' for the father.

'The young woman is suffering from personality disorders because of the prolonged incestuous situation and mistreatment,' he added.

'A psychiatric evaluation has determined that the situation was one of very serious distress.'

Laura had a 'totally passive personality before her father, who made her live in a climate of threats,' Forno said, adding that she stayed in a dark room and had not been to school since she was 13-years-old.

The mother was part of the household, which was home to three of the other children, including one with a physical handicap.

'It appeared to be a normal family,' Forno said, adding that no evidence of abuse towards the other children had emerged.

The father 'passed his behaviour on to one of his sons', Forno said.

The son is accused of having raped and abused his four daughters, now aged six, 12, 17 and 21, and forcing them to watch the sex sessions.

The investigation began in October, when Laura lodged a complaint against her brother, accusing him of holding her prisoner and raping her for two weeks after she fled to his home following an argument with their father.

The probe involved phone taps on the family home and the use of electronic listening devices.

The five alleged victims are under psychological care at a shelter.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: asher lipner <lipnera@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 2:31 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] Fwd: Background information
To: Me <lipnera@gmail.com>
 

Here are 7 attachments each with different information that any advocate for victims of sexual abuse in our community should know about.

 

בקרוב יבוא כאן עוד 4 פיילס
מגדולי הרבנים שפוסקים שמצוה לילך בערכאות

 

 klafkosher.coA Jewish Response to Child Sexual Abuse.pdf

 


 

klafkosher.comRabbinic Rulings on Abuse.pdf

 


klafkosher.comSchool Safety Guidelines.pdf

 

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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] Let's talk about Incest
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>
 
The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209
443-857-5560
 
Let's talk about Incest
By Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC, NCC
Founder/CEO - The Awareness Center.

46% of all sex crimes committed against children occur in the home.  The remaining 54% is made up of babysitters, teachers, doctors, therapists, scout leaders, camp counselors,  neighbors, etc.  It is only 2% of all cases involve a member of the clergy.  Why is it that the Jewish news media seems to only want to bring attention to clergy abuse cases or those that involve a religious institution, when statistically these sorts of cases are only the tip of the iceberg?  As a community we need to be addressing all forms of sex crimes, especially those committed against our children.  We need to be reaching out to all survivors and not just those who were violated by clergy and or those connected to religious institutions.
 
Below is a case that involves incest in Italy.  It is not uncommon for an incest survivor to continue to be abused by their offender(s) into adulthood.  Many survivors don't know how to get the abuse to stop.  Many incest survivors may love their offender(s) as a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, etc.  It's not so straight forward as when a case occurs outside the home.
 
Can you imagine the embarrassment and shame that an incest survivor faces, especially when the abuse never stops?  Incest is not a crime that is always violent.  The offender(s) can be very caring, loving and nurturing.  Incest survivors may think that having sexual relations with a parent is normal.  It's something they grew up with.  Like in all cases involving sex crimes, sometimes there's confusion because the act of sex can feel good.  Survivors sometimes feel that their bodies betrayed them because they can not control the fact that they had an erection or orgasm.  The survivor may have grown up feeling that they were special because their offender "made love to them".  If they told anyone, they would no longer be "special".

When an incest survivor grows up in a home in which there is also emotional, psychological and physical abuse it may complicate things even more -- especially when gentle glove incest is also mixed up in the equation.  
 
When a child is being terrorized at home, they often feel that there is no one they can turn to for help. They often blame themselves for what is or has happened.   It's highly unlikely that an incest survivor will turn to the non-offending parent for help, especially when the abuse involves another parent.  If an incest survivor discloses their abuse to anyone, they risk so much more then the survivors who are abused outside the home.  Incest survivors risk loosing their families, their home, friends, schools and any sense of stability they might feel they have.  
 
When your an incest survivor there may not be any other victims created by your perpetrator.  I've spoken to so many incest survivors over the years who wanted their story to be published in a Jewish paper, yet were told that they need to find two other victims of the same offender for the paper to publish the stories.  This is a very scary policy considering the majority of those who are sexually abused occur in the home and there's a stronger likelihood that they may be the only victim by a particular perpetrator.

--------------------------------------------------------------
 
Italy rape case compared to Fritzl
Italy rape case compared to Fritzl
Sky News -  Saturday March 28, 2009
Italian police say they have arrested a man for forcing his daughter to have sex with him for 25 years.

The 64-year-old junk vendor had allegedly raped his daughter, now 34, regularly since she was nine-years-old, deputy prosecutor Pietro Forno of the northern city of Turin told AFP.

He was arrested a few days ago, while his son has been in police custody since last month accused of raping his four daughters, Forno said.

Both the father and the son have strongly denied the allegations against them, the ANSA news agency reported.

Erroneous press reports, giving the older man's victim the pseudonym Laura, earlier said he had imprisoned his daughter.

Fritzl received a life sentence last week for the repeated rape of his daughter over 24 years during which he kept her in an underground hideaway and fathered seven children with her.

Forno said Laura 'was strictly speaking free, though she did nothing without her father, who completely dominated her psychologically'.

Laura was the eldest of nine children, Forno said, adding that 'according to a family rule, the eldest daughter was reserved' for the father.

'The young woman is suffering from personality disorders because of the prolonged incestuous situation and mistreatment,' he added.

'A psychiatric evaluation has determined that the situation was one of very serious distress.'

Laura had a 'totally passive personality before her father, who made her live in a climate of threats,' Forno said, adding that she stayed in a dark room and had not been to school since she was 13-years-old.

The mother was part of the household, which was home to three of the other children, including one with a physical handicap.

'It appeared to be a normal family,' Forno said, adding that no evidence of abuse towards the other children had emerged.

The father 'passed his behaviour on to one of his sons', Forno said.

The son is accused of having raped and abused his four daughters, now aged six, 12, 17 and 21, and forcing them to watch the sex sessions.

The investigation began in October, when Laura lodged a complaint against her brother, accusing him of holding her prisoner and raping her for two weeks after she fled to his home following an argument with their father.

The probe involved phone taps on the family home and the use of electronic listening devices.

The five alleged victims are under psychological care at a shelter.

 

 
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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Sun, Mar 29, 2009 at 1:12 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] Similarities between the women's movement and addressing sexual violence in Jewish communities.
To:
The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209
443-857-5560
Similarities between the women's movement and addressing sexual violence in Jewish communities.
© (2009) By Vicki Polin - Founder/CEO
The Awareness Center, Inc.
 
Addressing sexual violence in Jewish communities internationally has not been an easy task.  It's often very lonely and frustrating.  Many of us  connected to The Awareness Center (professionals and survivors) have been harassed, spit at,  and shunned by community members, etc.  
 
Unfortunately, too many  "authority" in the Jewish orthodox world have been spreading all sorts of rumors regarding myself and those connected with our organization.  The goal has been to divide and separate orthodox Jewish survivors from The Awareness Center and also from getting appropriate help from those who REALLY have the education, training and experience.
 
At first one would think it makes sense that the cultural differences in the orthodox world would need to address sex crimes differently then anyone else.  What the religious leaders neglect to tell survivors is that The Awareness Center is made up of many survivors and professionals who are from orthodox backgrounds.  It's true, I did not grow up in an orthodox home and that I am no longer observant -- yet what many of those who attack The Awareness Center fail to mention is that I did spend just under 10 years of my life living in the orthodox world. 
 
It saddens me a great deal that a group of people would act in such a way to divide and separate Jewish survivors.  One of the first things I was taught when I went to Neve (a women's seminary in Jerusalem) is that "A Jew is a Jew is a Jew".  If we go back to the time of Nazi Germany, we all would have been sent to the ovens together.  The Nazi's would not care if someone was orthodox, conservative, traditional, Reform, Jewish Renewal or unaffiliated.
 
If a house was on fire in orthodox community, the owner of the home and their neighbors wouldn't think twice of what to do.  They would call 911 immediately.  I don't know of one person who would consult with their local orthodox rabbi to get permission.  When one suspects that a child is at risk of harm or suspect a child is being neglected we should all consider ourselves to be mandated reporters.  One should call either the state child protection hot-line or your local police. 
 
I have to admit that I have become cynical over the last eight years of running The Awareness Center.  No matter how long one works with a given community  I don't think I will ever be able to understand  is why so many "orthodox survivors" continue to buy in to the illusion that is being created by the same individuals who are covering up sex crimes and hide sexual predators. Orthodox survivors deserve the same civil rights and protections as the rest of society.  It's so frustrating to watch them blindly trust individuals who care more about their assets or that of the organizations they are connected to -- then they do about their children.  Thinking about this send chills up and down my spine.  
 
As one survivor  stated "most of the Orthodox Jewish community sees Vicki Polin as a pariah, because they prefer to deny the problem and keep their heads in the sand."
 
While consulting with  the executive director of another organization regarding the harassment and extortion attempts those of us connected to The Awareness Center experience -- she referred to the treatment as being similar to the early days of the women's movement.  She reminded me of the suffering that heroic women  as "the Susan B. Anthony, endured.  She even referred to me as being "The Susan B. Anthony for Jewish survivors of sexual violence".  I have to admit I was extremely flattered, yet I know that I'm far from accomplishing as much as Susan, nor have I ever come close to the hardship that Susan or the other suffragist experienced.  
 
The reality is that Susan B. Anthony died before she was able to take part in the first election in which women were allowed to vote in the United States.  I also realize that most likely I will not live long enough to see my goals for survivors in Jewish communities.  All one can do is the best they can within ones lifetime.  All we can all do is to make the lives of as many Jewish survivors better as possible and hope that one day children will no longer become victims of sex crimes.
 
For those of you who are not familiar with Susan B. Anthony, she was a prominent civil rights leader who played a pivotal role in the the women's rights movement.  You can read more about her herehttp://womenshistory.about.com/od/anthonysusanb/a/anthony.htm

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. 
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote.
   For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms. 
(Alice Paul) 
When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks 
until word was smuggled out to the press. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: asher lipner <lipnera@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 10:10 PM
Subject: Fwd: Mishpacha Cover Story
To: jewishadvocates@yahoogroups.com
 
Who thinks we should ask David Pelcovitz to join the JBAC????   Who knows him best?
 
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From: Joel Rubinstein <joel.rubinstein@gmail.com>
Date: 2009/3/26
Subject: Mishpacha Cover Story
To: asher lipner <lipnera@gmail.com>

http://www.mishpacha.com/
 

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From: asher lipner <lipnera@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 6:50 PM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] Fwd: (NY) Hikind Retreating On Tough Tactics Against Molesters
To: jewishadvocates@yahoogroups.com, Tottie <lisakampnerhebrewacademy@yahoo.com>
 
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From: Elliot Schreiber <eschreiber48@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 8:28 AM
Subject: Fwd: (NY) Hikind Retreating On Tough Tactics Against Molesters
To: eschreiber48@gmail.com
 
Dov thought you may find this article interesting.
 
All the best,
 

 

 

 
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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Fri, Apr 3, 2009 at 6:03 PM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] Child maltreatment declines 12% 2006-2007
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>, Advocates-theawarenesscenter * Advocates-theawarenesscenter <advocates-theawarenesscenter@yahoogroups.com>
 
The Administration of Children Youth and Families released 2007 child maltreatment numbers on April 1, but it did not make the news in any of the places, despite the fact that it shows a one year drop of 12% for all forms of maltreatment, which is the largest single year decline that has even occurred.
 
Here’s the release with links to the report.
 

 

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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 9:50 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] UPDATED INFORMATION: Lobby Day in Albany
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>
 
Protect children!
 
Help reform New York's predator-friendly laws
 
What: Child sexual abuse victims and advocates will lobby New York State lawmakers urging them to pass a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Senator Thomas Duane that protects children and helps survivors. They will also hold a news conference to highlight the broad support for the bill. 
 
Who: Survivors of child sexual abuse, their family members and friends, supporters, child advocates, ministers, social workers, therapists, psychologists, teachers, leaders of several organizations.
 
When: Tuesday April 21
9:30 – 10:45 am Meet in the large Cafeteria (a section of tables will be put together) Next to the Albany Room and by the Liberty Café. Meet each other, strategize for the day, break into smaller groups to lobby, info on which lawmakers to target, muffins, snacks and coffee 
11:00 am  Press Conference LCA Room 130
11:45 am – 5 pm Go in smaller groups to visit lawmakers offices. 
Tell our stories and ask for their support.        
4:30-5:30 pm Report to Assemblywoman Marge Markey’s office.
(Room 654 in the Legislative Office Building)
When finished visiting lawmakers each small group should give a report including which lawmakers’ offices visited, who you spoke to, what questions they asked, how they responded to you (need accurate details for polling) Please don’t forget to give this report before you leave the Capitol! 
 
Where: New York State Capitol, corner of Washington and State in Albany

The Goal: Have as many groups represented as possible and have as many folks attend as possible
 
Why: To show support for the Markey bill! 
 
Catholic church officials have succeeded in confusing some about the bill. Let’s be clear! The Markey bill does NOT exclude anyone. It does not target any one institution and it does NOT leave out those abused in public institutions. 
 
(Currently New York law has a 90 day statute of limitations for anyone bringing a claim against a public entity. But victims merely need to request that the Judge waive the 90 day limitations. Judges do this all the time. It is not exceptional.)
 
The real opposition is to the window. 

The statements that Markey’s bill leaves out those abused in public institutions is false. It is a smoke screen to draw attention away from the real issue. The opposition admits that if Markey added a provision specifically stating that victims abused in public institutions can bring a claim (which is redundant because the law already allows this) they would still oppose the Markey bill. 
 
Assemblyman Lopez introduced a bill to try to kill the Markey bill. Lopez’s bill leaves out the window. That is why Catholic officials are pushing the Lopez bill. The rhetoric about the bill is just that: rhetoric. 
 
The Markey bill helps protect kids in New York right now. The Markey bill enables child sex abuse victims to expose predators in court and warn the public about them during a one-year “window," even if their predator and his/her corrupt supervisors have evaded detection because the civil statute of limitation has already expired. 
 
This bill will help protect children across the State of New York immediately by exposing the identities of sexual predators so their neighbors and employers will know their history. It will also bring healing and justice for the victims who couldn’t come forward sooner. 
 
The Lopez bill will only apply to those abused in the future so it will help grandchildren, great-grandchildren and those not born yet. It won’t protect children today.
 
The current New York statutes of limitation for sex crimes against children are archaic, arbitrary, and allow predators to continue to abuse more children. They also give incentives to child molesters to intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, destroy evidence, fabricate alibis and deny the truth, so they can "run out the clock'' on their crimes. 
 
RSVP:    Please let us hear from you! 
If you are willing to make a statement at the Press Conference, attend the Lobby Day or want to receive planning updates please send an email to:  SNAPadmin@gmail.com.
 
Additional Details:
-Please bring childhood photos of survivors (preferably blown up to 8”X10” to hold during the press conference and to show to lawmakers.
-One spokesperson from each group should be prepared to give a 2 minute statement. 
-A brief written statement from each group (on the group’s letterhead) should be submitted by Apr 16 (so we have time to make copies and prepare press packets). Lawmakers won’t read long statements so please try to make your statement fit on one page (if possible). (Please send to SNAPadmin@gmail.com)
- Each group should have at least one sign giving name and/or logo of the group (should not be larger than 14”X 16”) 
- Dress code is business attire 
 
Contact:         
Marci Hamilton, 212 790 0215    hamilton2002@aol.com
Bob Kristan, 212 989 1285    bobkristan@msn.com
Tim Echausse, 516 987 7089   eeshman@aol.com
Tim Walsh, 631 334 4678    finniand263@yahoo.com
Barbara Blaine, 312 399 4747  SNAPblaine@gmail.com
 

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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] (UK) Update: Case of Rabbi Israel Weingarten
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>
 

FBI witness role for Bury police inspector

(UK) Bury Times  -  Saturday 4th April 2009

 

A BURY police inspector has jetted to New York to give evidence in a high-profile trial — at the request of the FBI.

Inspector Charlotte Cadden, who manages the division’s intelligence unit, took the stand at Brooklyn Federal Court to testify at the trial of Rabbi Israel Weingarten.

The rabbi was found guilty of sexually abusing his daughter over a number of years. He is due to be sentenced tomorrow.

The case achieved widespread publicity in the US because the rabbi represented himself, which meant he was able to cross-examine his daughter during the trial.

Inspector Cadden became involved in the case in 1999 while she was working at Salford CID. She was asked to investigate a report that Rabbi Weingarten was attempting to abduct his daughter from her Manchester school and take her to Belgium. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault after the victim told Inspector Cadden that her father had been abusing her for years. However, no prosecution was made at that time as all of the offences took place outside the UK.

Several years later, the victim moved to USA and made a complaint to the FBI that her father had abused her since she was aged nine.

The FBI learned of Inspector Cadden’s previous involvement in the case and in January they contacted her and asked her to travel to New York to give evidence at the trial.

Inspector Cadden said: “The FBI arranged for us to meet the victim after we had given evidence and she said that we had literally saved her life by getting her away from her father which was very emotional to hear.”

Also see: http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Weingarten_Israel.html

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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 5:19 PM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] Your Needed in Albany, NY on April 21st - Protect Children: Help Reform New York's Predator-Friendly Laws
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>

 
The Awareness Center, Inc.
(the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209
443-857-5560
 

Dear Friends,

The Awareness Center is hoping to have a presence in Albany on Lobby Day - April 21, 2009.  We need as many people present as possible in hopes of getting the New York Child Victims Act of 2009 passed this year.  Do what you can to come.
 
If you are planning on attending please let us know right away.  We need volunteers to hold signs, talk to legislators, network with other survivors and supporters of the bill.  The Awareness Center is also in desperate need to raise $300 for transportation and printing costs.  If you are able to help please use this link and make a donation on line or send a check to:
 
The Awareness Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 65273
Baltimore, MD 21209
 
Thank you so much for your continued support!
 
Sincerely,
 
Vicki Polin, MA, NCC, LCPC, ATR-BC
Founder and CEO
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PLEASE FORWARD TO ALL SURVIVORS OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSES
 
Protect Children: Help Reform New York's Predator-Friendly Laws

What: Child sexual abuse victims and advocates will lobby New York State lawmakers urging them to pass a bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Senator Thomas Duane that protects children and helps survivors. They will also hold a news conference to highlight the broad support for the bill.
 
Who: Survivors of child sexual abuse, their family members and friends, supporters, child advocates, ministers, social workers, therapists, psychologists, teachers, leaders of several organizations.
 
When: Tuesday April 21, 2009 (Please adhere to a business attire dress code)

 
* 9:30 am - 10:45am, Break into smaller groups to lobby, info on which lawmakers to target, snacks and coffee

 * 11am, LCA Press Conference, Room 130

 * 11:45 am - 5:00 pm, Smaller groups to visit lawmakers' offices

 
* 4:30-5:30pm Report to Assemblywoman Marge Markey's office. (Room 654 in the Legislative Office Bldg.)  
 
* When finished visiting lawmakers, each small group should give a report that includes which lawmakers' office visited, who was spoken to, what questions were asked, and how the lawmaker responded. 
   Please don't forget to hand in this report before you leave the Capitol!
Where: New York State Capitol, Albany, NY
Goal: Have as many groups represented as possible and have as many concerned citizens attend as possible

This bill will help protect children across the State of New York immediately by exposing the identities of sexual predators so their neighbors and employers will know their history. It will also bring healing and justice for the victims who couldn't come forward sooner.
 
RSVP: Please let us hear from you!
If you are willing to make a statement at the press conference, attend the Lobby Day, or want to receive planning updates, please send an email to: 
SNAPadmin@gmail.com.
 
Additional Details:
 * Please bring childhood photos of survivors (preferably blown up to 8" X 10"; to hold during the press conference and to show to lawmakers.

 * One spokesperson from each group should be prepared to give a 2 minute statement.

 * A brief written statement from each group (on the group';s letterhead) should be submitted by Apr 16th (so we have time to make copies and prepare press packets). Please try to make your statement fit on one 
page and send to SNAPadmin@gmail.com.

 * Each group should have at least one sign giving name and/or logo of group which should not be larger than 14" X 16".

 *
Please adhere to a business attire dress code.
 
Contact:
Marci Hamilton, telephone: 212.790.0215, email: 
hamilton2002@aol.com
Bob Kristan, telephone: 212.989.1285, email: 
bobkristan@msn.com
Tim Echausse, telephone: 516.987.7089, email: 
eeshman@aol.com
Tim Walsh, telephone: 631.334.4678 email: 
finniand263@yahoo.com
Barbara Blaine, telephone: 312.399.4747, email: 
SNAPblaine@gmail.com
 
Vicki Polin, telephone: 443.857.5560, email: vickipolin@aol.com
Organizations Supporting this Bill include (partial list):
  * The Awareness Center - (the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault) 
 
* CASA Advocates for Children
 
* District Attorneys Association of the State of New York
 
* Jewish Board of Advocates for Children

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Justice for Children
 
National District Attorneys Association
 
 * National Organization for Women - New York City

* New York Coalition Against Sexual Assault
 
* New York Coalition To Protect Children
 
  * New York City Against Rape
 
  * RAINN
 
  * SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest)
 * Survivors for Justice
 
 * Voice of the Faithful - New York City, Long Island, Westchester
 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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