Friday, December 16, 2005

Thank You - Jewish Rape Victim Advocates (Update: 12/19/2005)

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I wish I was able personally thank the following people who I believe have a great deal of integrity for the work they are doing. They have all helped in advocating for the rights of Jewish survivors of incest, rape, and professional sexual misconduct (including: rabbinical sexual misconduct, cantor sexual misconduct).

  1. Shalom Atlas - Executive Director, Religious Men's Hotline, Jerusalem, Israel
  2. Mesa Baker-Leventhal, MD - Medical Director of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center
  3. Ellen Bass - Co-author, The Courage to Heal
  4. Rabbi Yosef Blau - New York, NY
  5. Sandra L. Bloom, MD - Child Victim Advocate, Author
  6. Rabbi Reuven Bulka - Ottawa, Canada
  7. Sophia Chamys - Advocate for the women of the Zwi Migdal Society
  8. Rabbi Sholom Ciment - Boynton Beach, FL
  9. Debra Nussbaum Cohen - Author of many articles on the topic of Sexual Violence in Jewish Communities
  10. Laura Davis - Co-author, The Courage to Heal
  11. Rabbi Mark Dratch - Executive Director, JSAFE, New York, NY
  12. Barbara Engle - Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Violence for over thirty years.
  13. Rabbi Yehudah Fine - Advocate for teens on the streets (survivors of child abuse)
  14. Rebecca Friedman - Advocate for the women of the Zwi Migdal Society
  15. Debbie Gross - Director, The Crisis Center for Religious Women (Jerusalem, Israel)
  16. Chezi Goldberg - Author and Victim Advocate
  17. Emma Goldman - Advocate for Women's Rights
  18. Judith Herman, MD - Author, Trauma and Recovery
  19. Judy Klitsner - Advocate for the Survivors of Baruch Lanner, and other cases
  20. Rachel Lev - Author, Shine The Light
  21. Mike Lew - Author, Victims No Longer
  22. Rachel Liberman - Advocate for the women of the Zwi Migdal Society
  23. Sharon Lowenstein, Attorney at Law - Author of many articles.
  24. Leah Marinella, RN, CNM, NP - Advocate for the survivors of Mordecai Tender, Suffern, NY
  25. Anne Margolis, RCN, CNM, NP, MSN - Advocate for the survivors of Mordecai Tender, Suffern, NY
  26. Ellen Mugman - Children's Advocate for over 20 years
  27. Vicki Polin - Executive Director, The Awareness Center, Baltimore, MD
  28. Shirley Raggsdale - Authored article on Rabbi Ephraim Bryks
  29. Talli Rosenbaum - co-Author Survey Released on Jewish Women's Sexuality
  30. Gary Rosenblatt - Editor of the Jewish Week, New York, NY
  31. Terrie Rymer - Advocate for Legal Advocate for Child and Adult Survivors
  32. Michael Salamon, PhD - Victim Advocate
  33. Stephanie Saul - Author of series of articles addressing rabbinical sexual misconduct
  34. Rukhl Schaechter - Author of articles on rabbinical sexual misconduct
  35. Rabbi Gedalia Schwartz - Chicago, IL
  36. Dr. Chaim Shatan - Wrote op-ed piece in the New York Times (May, 1972) and titled, Post-Vietnam Syndrome. Which lead to the diagnosis of PTSD
  37. Marty Cohn Spiegel - First rape victim advocate dedicated to Jewish communities
  38. Murray Sragow - Advocate for the survivors of Baruch Lanner
  39. Gloria Steinem - Advocate for Women's rights
  40. Jewish Whistleblower - Editor Jewish Whistleblower Blog
  41. Jan Wohlberg - Executive Director of TELL
  42. Steven I. Weiss - Editor Protocols and Canonist Blogs
  43. Rachel Yehuda - co-Author Survey Released on Jewish Women's Sexuality
And most important I want to thank all of the survivors who have come forward and have had their stories told!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to mention Luke Ford.

December 17, 2005 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you mentioned Luke Ford. He really did help to break some cases. He at least deserves an honorable mention.

But I personally don't think he should go up on the list. He's done some great things to help, but because he is still connected with the porn industry I don't think we can call him a victim advocate.

December 18, 2005 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Tovia said...

I think we should have an election with the names on this list, and vote someone as "the Jewish Rape Victim Advocate of the year".

December 18, 2005 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but because he is still connected with the porn industry I don't think we can call him a victim advocate.

Oh please. He has done far more than half a dozen cowardly *religious* leaders have, too afraid for political purposes to stick their necks out.

Put Ford up there.

Besides, he never ever lied to me, as some "advocates" did.

December 18, 2005 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought of a few more names that should be listed on this page. The following also served on the board of The Awareness Center.

Even though they are no longer members, I don't think they should be forgotten.

Rabbi Ari Kahn

Rabbi Cindi Enger

Debbie Gross

Ruth Guggenheim

Michael Salamon, Phd.

Laura Shaw-Frank

Rabbi Shlomo Porter

Na'ama Yehuda

December 19, 2005 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to add:

Mesa Leventhal Baker, MD

December 19, 2005 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep thinking of other individuals who are Jewish and are or have been Rape Victim Advocates, who aren't listed.

Here's a few more names:
Ruth Dann
Chezi Goldberg
Judi Klitsner
Rabbi Shmuel Klitsner
Ellen Mugman
Elliot B. Pasik
Shirley Raggsdale
Dr. David Ribner
Talli Rosenbaum
Marty Spiegel
Murray Sragow
Lisa Twerski
Rabbi Avraham Twerski
Nechama Wolfson

December 19, 2005 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Joyanna Silberg

December 19, 2005 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Rabbi Yehudah Fine. He was known as the Time Square Rabbi. He helped vast numbers of homeless kids, many of whom were survivors of child abuse.

December 19, 2005 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America, an organization of approximately 1,000 mostly modern and central orthodox rabbis. He never backed down on two public cases calling for the ouster of accused abusers. And he shepherded through the May 2005 Resolution calling for criminal background checks of all employees in yeshivas and Hebrew day schools.

December 20, 2005 12:12 PM  

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