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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 .

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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 globe.

WATCH 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.

Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General - State of New York

Office of the Attorney General

The Capitol

Albany, NY 12224-0341

General Helpline: 1-800-771-7755

Regarding New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind

By Vicki Polin

The Awareness Center - November 25, 2008

Assemblyman Dov Hikind/Vicki Polin

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor" (Leviticus 19:16).

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 "works" with.

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 SPEAK OUT

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

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IF YOUR WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED IN DELAWARE PLEASE READ THIS:

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:

Child Victims Voice - Delaware

Matt Conaay - (302) 377-9459

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Table of Contents:

Disclaimer: Inclusion in this website does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. Individuals must decide for themselves whether the resources meet their own personal needs.

  1. The Awareness Center, Inc.
  2. Anti-Semitism, Sexual Abuse, and The Jewish Community
  3. Lashon Hara ('derogatory speech, that is true')
  4. Definition of Terms relating to Sexual Victimization
  5. Finding A Rabbi: Tips for Survivors of Sexual Violence
  6. Rabbis who Publicly Support the Efforts of The Awareness Center, Inc.
  7. History of Child Abuse and Neglect Laws
  8. It can even happen to the daughters of Kings
  9. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  10. Where To Report Child Sexual Exploitation On The Internet
  11. Types of Abuse
  12. Where to Go For Help
  13. Common Issues of Survivors of Childhood Abuse and Incest
  14. Specific Polulations
  15. Clinical Diagnosis Commonly Given To Survivors of Childhood Trauma
  16. Legal Issues and Jewish Law (Halacha)
  17. Parenting Issues
  18. Research
  19. Resources for Professionals
  20. Suggested Books, Video's and Audio Tapes
  21. Basic Judaism and Other Resources
  22. Memorials to victim advocates
  23. Just For Fun

Listen to Vicki Polin, Founder of The Awareness Center speaks on radio show Ethicalife talk about "A Jewish Perspective on Child Sexual Abuse".

Watch the Panel Discussion after the showing of the film "Narrow Bridge", featuring: * Mesa Leventhal Baker, MD - Medical Director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center; Senator Jim Brochin; Murray Levin, JD - Survivor of Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro; Israel Moskovitz - Director/Writer/Composer and Plays "Daniel Schneider"; Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC, NCC - Founder and Director of The Awareness Center, Inc.; Bob Russell - Legislative coordinator of SNAP; and Joy Silberg, PhD - Nationally renowned child psychologist, who specializes in sexual abuse.

WATCH CSPAN PROGRAM - Yeshvia University Law Professor - Marci Hamilton talks about her book "Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Once you get to the site, click on the WATCH button on the upper right hand side). Though the program discusses issues in the Catholic Church, the same problems occur in all fatihs, including the Jewish community.  

Click here if you are considering filing a civil suit against your offender.


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Last Updated: 11/25/2008

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