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The Awareness Center, Inc. has been inundated with phone calls and emails from survivors, parents and others concerned individuals with cases where someone has been sexually victimized. We have had so many people contacting us we are having an extremely difficult time keeping up with the demand.
 
At this time we are purely a part-time volunteer based organization. We are working on finding the funding necessary so that we may be able to hire staff. Due to this human power crunch we have been forced to create a waiting list to help individuals who contact us for help. Please be patient with us. Your call and e-mails are important to us. 

Please consider becoming a financial supporter of The Awareness Center, Inc.  We are a non-profit organization with 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.


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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.

Table of Contents: 


1.  The Awareness Center, Inc.


2.  Anti-Semitism

3.  Lashon Hara 

4.  Finding Help

5.  History of the Anti-Rape Movement

6.  Common Issues of Survivors of Childhood Abuse, Incest and Sexual Assaults


7.  Specific Polulations

8.  Where To Report Cases of Child Abuse/Neglect

9.  Definitions of Terms Used Relating to Sexual Victimization


10.  Types of Abuse

11.  Specific Polulations

12.  Common Clinical Diagnosis Given To Survivors of Childhood Trauma


13.  Legal Issues and Jewish Law (Halacha)
 
14.  Parenting Issues


15.  Research
  • Medical
  • Psychological
  • Statistics

16.  Resources for Professionals
  • Professional Organizations

 17.  Suggested Books, Video's and Audio Tapes





18.  In memory of survivors and activists

19.  Basic Judaism and Other Resources


20.  Just For Fun - Taking a break from dealing with trauma


Please consider becoming a financial supporter of The Awareness Center, Inc.


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FAIR USE NOTICE 
 
Some of the information on The Awareness Center, Inc.'s web pages may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. 
 
We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this update for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  --Margaret Mead

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About The Awareness Center


The Awareness Center Is Dedicated to Ending Sexual Violence in Jewish Communities Internationally

The history of the Jewish people is one filled with a series of traumatic experiences:
 
This includes one topic that up until now has been taboo to discuss:  Sexual Violence (Incest, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Clergy Sexual Abuse, Professional Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Harassment).

Contrary to what we might want to assume, sexual violence is not just a Gentile issue, but also a Jewish one.

Discussing the issue of sexual violence in Jewish communities seems to threaten the cultural perception of the wholesomeness of the Jewish family. However, the time has come to break the taboo and allow the Jewish Community to face reality and begin the healing journey. When referring to the Jewish Community we are including everyone: from the unaffiliated, Renewal, Reform, Reconstructionist, Traditional, and Conservative communities, to the Orthodox, “Charedi” and “Chasidic" communities.

The concept of The Awareness Center began in 1999 . We were incorporated in the state of Maryland as a nonprofit organization in 2003. We are dedicated to providing education, information, resources and advocacy to survivors of sexual violence, family members of survivors and sex offenders, religious leaders rabbis, and our communities globally.

The Awareness Center believes survivors of sexual violence should be given yellow ribbons to wear proudly.

Survivors of sexual violence (as adults and/or as a child) are just as deserving of a yellow ribbon as the men and women of our armed forces, who have been held captive as hostages or prisoners of war.

Survivors of sexual violence have been forced to learn how to survive, being held captive not by foreigners, but mostly by their own family members, teachers, camp counselors, coaches babysitters, rabbis, cantors or other trusted authority figures.  For these reasons ALL survivors of sexual violence should be seen as heroes!

Clearinghouse: Resources & Information
Offering information and other resources on the topic of sexual violence in Jewish communities.
 
Speakers Bureau

Educational training programs on the topic of sexual violence to community groups, rabbis, teachers, parents, and survivor groups.

Development of Annual International Summit/Conference 
 
Providing a forum for dialogue, education and healing between medical, mental health and legal professionals; religious leaders, teachers, parents and survivors.

Certification Program for Rabbis and other Jewish Community Leaders


 Statistics: 
  • Research shows that one out of every three to five women, and one out of ever five to seven men are sexually abused by the time they reach their eighteenth birthday.
  • Every two minutes a woman is raped (NCVS 2002).
  • One in every eight rape victims were males (NCVS 2002).
  • The most vulnerable age for a male child to be sexually abused/assaulted is age  4 (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2000).
  • Approximately 60% of boys and 80% of girls who are sexually victimized are abused by someone known to the child or the child's family (Lieb,Quinsey, and Berliner, 1998).
  • It is estimated that children with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more vulnerable to sexual abuse than their non-disabled peers  (NRC, 1992).
  • One in 33 youth received an aggressive sexual solicitation in the past year. This means a predator asked a young person to meet somewhere, called a young person on the phone, and/or sent the young person correspondence, money, or gifts through the U.S. Postal Service (USDOJ, 2001).
  • Approximately 95% of teenage prostitutes have been sexually abused  (CCPCA, 1992).
 
Sex Offenders Statistics:
  • The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children, most of whom do not report the offense (National Institute of Mental Health, 1988).
  • About 60% of male survivors sampled, report at least one of their perpetrators to be female (Mendel, 1993).
  • About 95% of victims know their perpetrators (CCPCA, 1992).
  • Over a 25-year period, child molesters had a higher rate of re-offense than rapists:   52% versus 39%.  (Prentky, Lee, Knight, and Cerce).


You can help make a difference in the years to come:


Imagine –– Jewish Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault knowing that our communities care and want to help.
 

Imagine –– Survivors of Sexual Violence finding Rabbis who understand and have information they need to help.
Imagine –– An International Summit on the topic of Sexual  Violence in Jewish Communities.  A gathering of Survivors, Rabbis, Parents, Mental Health and Legal Professionals.

All of these things can happen with
your support!

Your contribution to The Awareness Center, Inc. will help guarantee that Jewish Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Assault will stand a chance in getting the help, information and resources they need.  You will also be helping to educate Jewish communities all over the world on sexual abuse/assault prevention.

Contributions to The Awareness Center, a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

The Awareness Center, Inc.
(The international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 4824

Skokie, IL 60076


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Awareness Center, Inc.


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The Awareness Center, Inc.

The Awareness Center's Mission Statement

About US!


The Awareness Center is the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse  and Assault (JCASA).  We are dedicated to ending sex crimes in Jewish communities globally.  We do our best to act like "the make a wish foundation" for Jewish survivors of sex crimes.

We are a non-profit / tax-exempt organization that supports the notion of free will and civil liberties.  We are not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations.

Our Mission:
The history of the Jewish People is one filled with a series of traumatic experiences. Included is one topic that up until now has been taboo to discuss: Sexual Victimization (incest, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, clergy sexual abuse, professional sexual misconduct and sexual harassment).
 
Contrary to what we might want to assume sexual violence is not limited to the gentile population it is also a Jewish issue and one that needs to be addressed. In the United States one of every three to five women, and one out of every five to seven men have been sexually abused by the time they reach their eighteenth birthday. Unfortunately, due to the fact there has been little research on this issue in the Jewish Community we do not know how prevalent it is. Most mental health providers around the world who are based in Jewish Communities will admit that they have survivors (of sexual violence) of Jewish origins as part of their caseload.
 
One of the major problems in discussing the issue of sex crimes within Jewish Communities is that doing so threatens the cultural perception of the wholesomeness of the Jewish family. The time has come to break the taboo and allow the Jewish Community to face reality and to begin the healing journey. While this process is taking place we will also be able to compile valuable statistics on the prevalence of sexual violence in our community. It is important to note that when we refer to the Jewish Community we are including everyone from the unaffiliated, Jewish Renewal, Reform, Conservative, through the Orthodox, "Charedi" and "Chasidic" communities.
 
Vicki Polin and Michael J. Salamon
It may be surprising that, despite Israel's world-leading status in treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress, the study of sexual violence in Jewish Communities around the world is still in its infancy. For over a decade the founder of our organization, Vicki Polin and Micheal J. Salamon has been dedicated to creating The Awareness Center, Inc. "Our dream is to create an international organization to address the issue and ramifications of sexual victimization to both adults and children in Jewish Communities".
 
Our current goals include the continued development of our international data base/web page; continued growth of our international speakers bureau and the development of our educational certification program for rabbis, cantors and other Jewish community leaders.  
 
The second phase goals include the development of self-help groups for Jewish survivors to be held in communities worldwide; and the development and implementation of our international conference on sexual violence. The third phase includes developing a healing/retreat center and on-going educational programming in Israel, the United States, and throughout the world. A long-term goal is to develop an international network of researchers.
 
The Awareness Center, Inc. is a tax exempt - nonprofit organization.  We have an international board of directors and an advisory board made up of individuals from a variety of backgrounds all dedicated to ending sexual violence in Jewish Communities around the globe and providing help to survivors.
 
We are currently searching for funding for our certification program for rabbis, cantors and other religions leaders, our first International Conference, and the development of a healing retreat center. We also look forward to developing a research team, so that we can better serve Jewish communities around the world. 
 
Our goal is to make the impossible dream, possible. But we can not do it alone. Please take the time now and become one of our financial supporters.


The Awareness Center was founded in 1999 and was incorporated as a non-profit by the internal revenue service in 2003.

FAIR USE NOTICE
Some of the information on The Awareness Center's web pages may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. 
 
We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. 
 
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml . If you wish to use copyrighted material from this update for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
--Margaret Mead
 

People You Should Know: History of the Anti Rape Movement

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

History of the Anti Rape Movement  - People You Should Know

The Awareness Center, Inc.


Here's a brief history lesson in the movers and shakers within the Anti-Rape Movement.  We all need to be grateful to people like Susan B. Anthonly, Laura X, and the other individuals listed below.

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People
  1. Susan B. Anthony
  2. Feige Aufscher
  3. Ellen Bass
  4. Lucy Berliner
  5. E. Sue Blume
  6. Michael Brecher
  7. Neil Brick
  8. Susan Brownmiller
  9. Ann Wolbert Burgess
  10. Sandra Butler
  11. Diana Carson
  12. Irene Deschenes
  13. Andrea Dworkin
  14. Toni Cavanagh Johnson
  15. Sophia Chamys
  16. Laurieann Chutis
  17. Marcia Cohn-Spiegel
  18. Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  19. Christine A. Courtois
  20. Laura Davis
  21. Peter Dimock 
  22. Tom Economus
  23. Barbara Engel
  24. Beverly Engel
  25. Dale English
  26. Anne Marie Erikkson
  27. Erik Erikson, PhD
  28. Erik Erikkson
  29. Hank Estrada
  30. David Finkelhor
  31. Frank L. Fitzpatrick
  32. Yvonne Fedderson
  33. Ken Followell
  34. Howard Fradkin
  35. Renée Fredrickson, PhD
  36. Rebecca Freedman
  37. William N. Friedrich
  38. Sandi Gallant
  39. James Garbarino
  40. Eliana Gil
  41. Chezi Goldberg (Scott Goldberg)
  42. Jean Goodwin
  43. Judith Herman
  44. Jan Hindman
  45. Beverly Holman
  46. Lynda Lytle Holmstrom
  47. Jim Hopper
  48. Mic Hunter
  49. Marc Klaas
  50. Alicia Kozakiewicz
  51. Laura X
  52. Murray Levin
  53. Mike Lew
  54. Rachel Liberman
  55. Sharon L. Lowenstein
  56. Wendy Maltz
  57. Leah Marinelli
  58. Nancy Mayer
  59. Helen McGonigle
  60. Ava Miedzinski
  61. Alice Miller
  62. Ellen Mugmon
  63. Toby Myers
  64. Sara O'Meara
  65. Debra Nussbaum Cohen
  66. Peter Parker (AKA: Spider-Man)
  67. Vicki Polin
  68. Eugene Porter
  69. Polly Poskin
  70. Sally Jesse Raphael
  71. Florence Rush
  72. Diana Russell
  73. Margaret Sanger
  74. Judge Charles B. Schudson
  75. Bob Schwiderski 
  76. Kathy Shaw
  77. Ken Singer
  78. Rick Springer
  79. Rachel Steamer
  80. Gloria Steinham
  81. Lucy Stone
  82. Jim Struve
  83. Roland C. Summit
  84. Marlo Thomas
  85. Debby Tucker 
  86. Tim Walsh
  87. Lynn Wasnak
  88. Charles Whitfield
  89. Susan Weidman Schneider
  90. Jan Wohlberg

Historic Organizations You Should Know


  1. National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape
  2. S4OS - Speaking for Our Selves
  3. VOICES In Action (Victims Of Incest Can Emerge Survivors)



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