Saturday, November 26, 2005

How Safe is JSAFE for Survivors of Sexual Violence?

I was just looking over the web page for Rabbi Mark Dratch's organization. I was really shocked to see that it doesn't list The Awareness Center, Inc. on the Links Page.

I've also noticed on the home page of Rabbi Dratch's organization it states the following:

JSafe: The Jewish Institute Supporting an Abuse-Free Environment works to promote a Jewish community in which all of its institutions and organizations conduct themselves responsibly and effectively in addressing the wrongs of domestic violence, child abuse and professional improprieties, whenever and by whomever they are perpetrated.

Do you notice that no where does it even mention the words sexual abuse, sexual assault or professional sexual misconduct? Is Rabbi Dratch under so much political pressure that his organization can't mention the term "sex" or specifically mention marital rape, or incest or other forms of childhood sexual abuse on the site?

Remember The Awareness Center is the only organization that is dedicated to addressing sexual violence in all Jewish communities. I personally think that JSAFE should have a link from their organization to The Awareness Center.

How can anyone take JSAFE seriously, if they continue to avoid specifically addressing the topic of sexual violence in Jewish communities?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't JSAFE only deal with battered women? I didn't know they were dealing with anything else.

I personally think both organizations should be working together. Battered women often have children who have been sexually abused. Also Battered women are often survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and also marital rape. Makes sense to me they would partner with each other.

November 27, 2005 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Rabbi Dratch was on the board of The Awareness Center?

November 30, 2005 1:09 PM  

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