Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg Receives Award
Presented by Senator Jim Brochin
November 26, 2008 - Pikesville, Maryland
Presenting the 2008 award was Maryland's
Senator, James Brochin and Vicki Polin (not pictured), Founder/Director of
The Awareness Center, Inc.
The Awareness Center, Inc. presented Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg
with the first annual "RAPE VICTIM ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD" -- in recognition
of his dedication, determination and also for risking his life in hopes of
helping those who have been sexually abused in orthodox Jewish communities
around the globe .
CALL TO ACTION:
HELP PROTECT RABBI NOCHUM ROSENBAUM
Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg has been advocating for Jewish
survivors of sexual violence in Williamsburg/Borough Park (Brooklyn) New
York for over 35 years. Over the last several months he had his life threatened
if he did not close down a hotline. During the week of Succos there was a
drive by shooting in which someone shot him.
Please listen to him tell his story and demand that
he is protected. His goal is to help survivors make police reports and testify
in court to help put an end to sex crimes in his community and around the
The four part series and then contact the New York Attorney General
- Andrew Cuomo and demand there be a proper
investigation and prosecution of the indivduals who would attempt to take
the life of a rape victim advocate.
Attorney General - State of New York
Office of the Attorney General
Albany, NY 12224-0341
General Helpline: 1-800-771-7755
Regarding New York Assemblyman Dov
By Vicki Polin
The Awareness Center - November 25, 2008
Assemblyman Dov Hikind/Vicki
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among
thy people; neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor"
It saddens me a great deal to see how a few Jewish
leaders in the orthodox world appear to be manipulating community members
into believing they do not have to report heinous crimes to child protective
services. Orthodox children deserve the same rights and protection as other
children in the Unitied States of America.
I personally believe that Assemblyman Dov Hikind is
wrong and is violating the civil rights of children from Torah observant
homes. Each day that goes by that he refuses to work with law enforcement
officials means another child is being sexually victimized.
One has to realize that turning over the names of alleged
sex offenders and also those who were allegedly sexually abused to child
protection workers does not mean that the names will be made public. It only
means that there is a possibility that those who perpetrate crimes against
our children may be prosecuted and those who have been sexually victimized
will be offered "REAL" help.
As Jews, we all have moral responsibility to protect
our youth. We all must consider ourselves as mandated reporters -- meaning
if you suspect a child is at risk of harm you make a hot-line report (to
child protective services in your state). Leave the investigating to those
who have the specialized training and can conduct forensic investigations.
Dov Hikind does not have this sort of training nor does those he
Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC, NCC is the founder and CEO
of The Awareness Center (which is the international Jewish Coalition Against
Sexual Abuse/Assault). Vicki is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
and a Nationally Certified Counselor who has been working in the sexual violence
field for just under twenty-five years.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FIRST ANNUAL JEWISH SURVIVORS
We are currently planning events - Baltimore, MD
and New York.
We hope to plan events in Chicago, Los Angeles and
Jerusalem, Israel soon!
If you are your interested in helping or would like
to be speak contact: The Awareness
Center or 443-857-5560
IF YOUR WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED IN DELAWARE PLEASE
August, 2008 -- The word needs to reach ALL anyone
who was sexual abuse within the state of Delaware. If you or anyone you know
were sexually abused in the state of Delaware -- there is only one year
left to the window which will allow you to file a civil suit againt your
offender(s). The abuse could have happened in your home, neighborhood or
even during a family vacation or roadtrip. Some survivors were abused in
school, at camp, places of worship, in a park, etc.
For more information about the civil window contact:
Victims Voice - Delaware
Matt Conaay - (302) 377-9459