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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 8:01 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] (NY) Proposal will help abuse victims - by Shmarya Rosenberg
To: * TheAwarenessCenter- Yahoo <TheAwarenessCenter@yahoogroups.com>

Letter to the Editor
Proposal will help abuse victims


http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=814865&category=LETTER&BCCode=OPINION&newsdate=6/29/2009


Time Union - Monday, June 29, 2009

Survivors often take years before they can overcome the psychological damage caused by childhood sexual abuse and come forward to report it. But our laws do not reflect this medically recognized reality. The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse is too short, meaning most pedophiles never are brought to justice.
Extending the civil statute of limitations and opening a one-year window to allow survivors outside the limit to sue will help right that wrong. It will also expose many hidden pedophiles. When California and Delaware passed these measures, hundreds of previously unknown pedophiles were exposed.

The Child Victims Act is now before the Assembly and Senate. The Catholic Church and the ultra-Orthodox umbrella group Agudath Israel of America vociferously oppose the bill because the potential financial costs to these groups because of their own allegedly negligent behavior is high. Yet many other religious groups, including other Jewish groups, strongly support the bill.

Saving children from sexual abuse must take precedence over money. To argue otherwise is to turn morality on its head.

Childhood sexual abuse must be stopped. The Child Victims Act is one giant step toward reaching that goal. Please support it.

Shmarya Rosenberg


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From: Vicki Polin <vickipolin@aol.com>
Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM
Subject: [jewishadvocates] (NY) Update: Case of Yona Weinberg - Bar Mitzvah Tutor Convicted of Sexual Abuse
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Courthouse News & Cases

Bar Mitzvah Tutor Convicted of Sexual Abuse
by Ryan Thompson (court@brooklyneagle.net), published online 06-25-2009

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/categories/category.php?category_id=4&id=29123


JAY STREET — A Bar Mitzvah tutor was convicted Wednesday of seven counts of sexual abuse in the second degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, for sexually abusing two boys, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced.
Yona Weinberg, a 31-year-old social worker from Flatbush, was originally charged with sexually abusing four male students. The indictment had charged Weinberg with course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, nine counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, attempted sexual abuse in the second degree, and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The alleged victims, who were 12, 13 and 14 years old, were Weinberg’s students at the Khal Beth Abraham synagogue, where Weinberg gave Bar Mitzvah lessons. At least one victim was Weinberg’s client at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, where Weinberg was a social worker.

If convicted of all crimes, Weinberg faced up to seven years in prison. He now faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 9 before Justice Gustin Reichbach.

—Ryan Thompson
Brooklyn Daily Eagle