- History: October 26, 1407, Krakow Accusations. This marks one of the first blood libels in Poland. The Jews tried to defend themselves and were forced to take refuge in the Church of St. Anne, which was surrounded and then set afire. Any children left alive were forcibly baptized.
- History: 1419 Sarah of Wuerzburg (Bavaria, Germany) Received a license from Archbishop Johann II von Nassau (1396-1419) to practice medicine, making her one of the few women allowed to do so. Other Jewish women physicians during this age included Sarah La Migresse, Sara de Saint Gilles and Rebekah Zerlin of Frankfort. For the most part, women were limited to helping other women.
- History: 1490, the first yeshiva (rabbinic seminary) established in Krakow, Poland.
- History: 1492, Christopher Columbus discovers America. The possibility of his being Jewish is based on the origins of his name being Colon (which was a common Jewish name) and his own mysterious writings. 1492 also marks the expulsion of the Jews from Spain.
- History: 1501, First black slaves in America brought to Spanish colony of Santo Domingo.
- History: 1503, Leonardo da Vinci paints the Mona Lisa.
- History: 1504, Michelangelo sculpts the David
- History: 1536, Henry VIII executes second wife, Anne Boleyn.
|Sabbatai Zevi - Cult Leader|
- History: In 1607 the Virginia Colony at Jamestown was the first permanent English colony established in what would become the United States of America.
- History: In 1619 a Dutch ship brings the first African slaves to British North America.
- History: 1633, Inquisition forces Galileo (astronomer) to recant his belief in Copernican theory.
- Case: Case of Sabbatai Zevi. In 1648 he proclaimed himself the Messiah.
|Jacob Frank - Cult Leader|
- History: 1773, The Boston Tea Party.
- History: 1776, Declaration of Independence signed. The United States of America is created.
- Case: Case of Jacob Frank and the Frankist Movement.
- Case / History: Responsa includes a case of a teach accused in one town and ran to another town. Parallel to case of today.
|Zwi Migdal Society|
- Case of The Zwi Migdal Society; story broke but was forgotten for many years.Thousands of naive, impoverished Jewish girls from eastern Europe were sold by mobsters into sexual slavery. The kidnapping, rape and forced prostitution of young Jewish women lasted from the end of the 1860s until the start of the Second World War.
|Mary Ellen Wilson|
- History: Mary Ellen Wilson was a nine-year-old girl from New York, who was being severally abused and neglected by her foster parents. Mary Ellen might have died if it wasn't for a nurse who was working in her neighborhood. The reality of what happened is frightening, Back in 1874 there were NO laws on the books to protect children, yet there were laws on the books to protect animals. The sufferings of Mary Ellen, led to the founding of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first organization of its kind.
- Organization: The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC) and several Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals from throughout the country joined together to form the American Humane Association.
- History: The first Juvenile Court was founded in Cook County (Chicago, IL). By 1920, all but three states had juvenile court legislation.
Case of the Kidnapping Chazen
- History: As a result of President Roosevelt's 1909 White House Conference on Children, Congress created the United States Children's Bureau.
- History: In 1913, Mary Ellen Wilson, attend the American Humane Association's national conference in Rochester, NY, with Etta Wheeler, her long-time advocate. Ms. Wheeler was a guest speaker at the conference. Her keynote address, "The Story of Mary Ellen which started the Child Saving Crusade Throughout the World" was published by the American Humane Association.
- Legal: The nineteenth amendment was passed giving women in the United States the right to vote.
- The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. Passed June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920.
- Legal: Congress passes the Sheppard-Towner Act, which established Children's Bureaus at the state level and promoted maternal-infant health.
- Legal: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was first introduced to Congress. The ERA states that "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Suffragist leader Alice Paul, founder of the National Woman's Party, wrote the ERA in 1923. The ERA was introduced to Congress every year from 1923 to 1972, when it was finally passed as the proposed 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It then needed to receive ratification from 38 states. In 1979, Congress extended the ERA's seven-year time limit for ratification for another three years, but by the amendment's 1982 deadline, only 35 states had ratified it-three states short of the requirement. The ERA has been reintroduced into every session of Congress since 1982.
- Legal: The Supreme Court of the United States confirmed the state's authority to intervene in family relationships to protect children in Prince v. Massachusetts.
- Legal: Aid to Dependent Children was added to the Social Security Act.
- History: Dr. Caffey, a pediatric radiologist in Pittsburgh, published the results of his research showing that subdural hematomas and fractures of the long bones in infants were inconsistent with accidental trauma.
- History: May 14, (5 Iyar 5708) Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day). On this day David Ben Gurion declared the founding of the State of Israel. It is celebrated annually on its Hebrew date, and is preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel's National Memorial Day.
- Book: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-I) was published by the American Psychiatric Association . The term used for traumatic stress disorders was called "Gross stress reaction". It described the aftereffects of previously normal persons who began having symptoms related to intolerable stress.
- History: Mary Ellen Wilson died in 1956 at the age of 92. Mary Ellen was severely abused as a child. The end result led to the founding of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
|Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach|
- Case: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein made a rabbinic decree banning the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach in hopes of being able to protect teenage girls and adult women from being assaulted by this alleged serial sexual predator. Allegations against Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach can be dated back to the early 1950s. This story did not hit the news media until 1998 when Lilith Magazine published an article. Spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, and others report numerous incidents, from playful propositions to actual sexual contact. Most of the allegations include middle-of-the-night, sexually charged phone calls and unwanted attention or propositions. Others, which have been slower to emerge, relate to sexual molestation. Today many are trying to re-create this offender's image, by creating a cult-like following by recreating history.
- History: Child abuse was formally recognized by the medical profession as "The Battered Child Syndrome".
- History: Following a medical symposium the previous year, several physicians headed by Denver physician C. Henry Kempe, published the landmark article The Battered Child Syndrome in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Through the article, Kempe and his colleagues exposed the reality that significant numbers of parents and caretakers batter their children, even to death. The Battered Child Syndrome describes a pattern of child abuse resulting in certain clinical conditions and establishes a medical and psychiatric model of the cause of child abuse. The article marked the development of child abuse as a distinct academic subject. The work is generally regarded as one of the most significant events leading to professional and public awareness of the existence and magnitude of child abuse and neglect in the United States and throughout the world.21
- History: In response to The Battered Child, the Children's Bureau held a symposium on child abuse, which produced a recommendation for a model child abuse reporting law.
- Book: The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan was published
- Legal: Passage of Civil Rights Act, which creates The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was established by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, to enforce the prohibition of employment discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, and national origin.
- Organization: Prison Research Education Action Project (P.R.E.A.P.) created by Fay Honey Knop. This was the first organization created that addressed the issues relating to sex offenders. Name was changed to The Safer Society Foundation, Inc. in 1985.
- History: On July 2, 1965, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) commenced operations.
- Organization: JANE, one of the country's first abortion counseling services was founded by Heather Booth.
- History: June 1966, at a luncheon at the Third National Conference of Commissions on the Status of Women in Washington, D.C., 28 people planned the formation of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
- Legal: 4 states had adopted mandatory reporting laws. The remaining six states adopted voluntary reporting laws. All states now have mandatory reporting laws. Generally, the laws require physicians to report reasonable suspicion of child abuse. Reporting laws, now expanded to include other professionals and voluntary reporting by the public, together with immunity for good faith reporting, are recognized as one of the most significant measures ever taken to protect abused and neglected children. Reporting is recognized as the primary reason for the dramatic increases seen in cases of child abuse and neglect.
- History: Young feminists protest the Miss America Pageant's objectification of women.
- Book: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-II) was published. "Gross stress reaction" was replaced with the diagnosis of "(transient) adjustment disorder of adult life".
- History: First "speak out" on abortion. The women's liberation movement developed the "speak-out" in response to frequent occasions when women were excluded from testifying on issues that affected their lives because they were not considered to be the "experts." First used to publicize women's abortion experiences, speak-outs were events in which people offered first-person testimony in a public setting, asserting their authority based upon their own experiences. - Gloria Steinem.
- History: Barbara Seaman writes letter to Senator Gaylord Nelson about dangers of birth control pill, leads to Senate hearings in 1970
- Organization: Association for Women in Psychology was co-founded by Phyllis Chesler
- Orgainzation: New York Radical Feminists was founded by Shulamith Firestone. She is the older sister of Rabbi Tirzah Firestone.
- Case: Case of List of Abuses at Ner Israel; story broke - Toronto Star (Canada)
- Case of Wayne Stephen Young (Baltimore, MD); story broke. Young was Convicted of the murder of Esther Lebowitz, who was a fifth grade student at Bais Yaakov School for Girls in Baltimore, MD. Wayne Young was sentenced to life in prison. .
- History: Ohio National Guard fired into a crowd at Kent State, killing four students and wounding nine others.
- History: Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band was created by Naomi Weisstein.
- History: Phyllis Chesler demands reparations for women from American Psychological Association.
- History: The Feminist Press was founded. - Florence Howe
- Book: Marriage Agreement by Alix Kates Shulman is published.
- History: First Public Speak-Out On Rape was organized by the New York Radical Feminists. The women's movement was instrumental in bringing attention to the incidence of rape and domestic violence that was being perpetrated against women.
- History: Ezrat Nashim was created. It grew out of a study group on the status of women in Judaism that formed in the fall of 1971 in the New York Havurah. - Paula Hyman.
- History: The National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) co-founded by Letty Cottin Pogrebin. The Caucus was formed to identify, recruit, train, endorse, and support women seeking office at all levels of government, regardless of party affiliation.
- Legal: California Court of Appeals recognized the Battered Child Syndrome as a medical diagnosis and a legal syndrome in People v. Jackson.22.
- Organization: International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) was created.
- Case of Joyce Abrams; story broke - New York Times
- Case of Eugene Abrams; story broke - New York Times
- History: Chaim Shatan was studying the effects of other kinds of trauma on children. He chaired a roundtable discussion at the IV International Psychoanalytic Forum in New York, comparing delayed survivor reactions in two parent groups: Vietnam veterans and concentration camp inmates, having noted significant symptoms of unresolved mourning in young adults who were children of World War II veterans from 1965-1970.
- History: Rape crisis workers in Illinois had established 24-hour crisis lines, conducted education and training programs, created thousands of brochures, offered self defense classes, organized and marched in "Take Back the Night" events and devoted thousands of hours to helping victims heal from the devastation of rape.
- History: Ezrat Nashim, presented the "Call for Change" to the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative movement on March 14, 1972 and disseminated it to the press.
- Legal: Congress passes Title IX of the Education Amendment. Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments to the 1964 Civil Rights Act bans sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Title IX led to the growth of school athletic facilities and programs for girls and women.
- History: Ms. Magazine first hit the newstands in January, 1972.
- Article Published: Post-Vietnam Syndrome, by Chaim Shatan - New York Times (May, 1972)
- Book: Our Bodies, Ourselves by Nancy Miriam Hawley, was published.
- History: Children's Division of the American Humane Association testified before a Senate Committee, estimating that 100,00 children were sexually abused each year.
- History: First National Conference on Jewish Women held in New York City.
- Legal: The United States Supreme Court legalizes abortion in the Roe v. Wade decision.
- History: Ann Burgess and Linda Holstrom at Boston City Hospital described the "rape trauma syndrome" noting that the terrifying flashbacks and nightmares seen in these women resembled the traumatic neuroses of war. Susan Brownmiller and other feminist writers and thinkers redefined rape as an act of violence directed at maintaining dominance. In doing so, they placed the act of rape squarely in a political framework of power relationships, laying the groundwork for cross-fertilization with colleagues working with other survivor groups.
- History: Patty Hearst, age 19, was kidnapped by a terrorist group, while sitting at home with her boyfriend. She was a captive of the group and was physically, sexually, and emotionally tortured.She developed a new persona (dissociation) and a new name, "Tanya" and was caught by the FBI while participating in a bank robbery with the group.
- Legal: Congress passed landmark legislation in the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA; Public Law 93-273; 42 U.S.C. 5101). The act provides states with funding for the investigation and prevention of child maltreatment, conditioned on states' adoption of mandatory reporting law. The act also conditions funding on reporter immunity, confidentiality, and appointment of guardians ad litem for children. The act also created the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) to serve as an information clearinghouse. In 1978, The Adoption Reform Act was added to CAPTA. In 1984, CAPTA was amended to include medically disabled infants, the reporting of medical neglect and maltreatment in out-of-home care, and the expansion of sexual abuse to include sexual exploitation.
- Book: Rape: The First Sourcebook for Women, by New York Radical Feminists, edited by Noreen Connell and Cassandra Wilson, published by New American Library in 1974.
- Case of Harvey N. Berish, School Teacher; story breaks - New York Times
- History: Chaim Shatan was studying the effects of other kinds of trauma on children. He presented a paper at the 1975 meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association (1975) looking at the delayed impact of war-making, persecution and disaster on children. But there was a great deal of professional resistance to recognizing that previously normal and healthy children could be severely damaged by exposure to psychologically traumatizing events.
- History: United Nations (UN) holds first World Conference on Women in Mexico City.
- History: William Niederland, Chaim Shatan and Henry Krystal organized a conference on victimization at Yeshiva University, New York, NY
- Legal: Rape Victims Emergency Treatment Act passes the Illinois General Assembly and is signed into law.
- Organization: National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) was founded and other victim-centered groups emerged, such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Parents of Murdered Children.
- Organization: Incest Survivors Resource Network International (ISRNI) created. This is the first organization created by survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Anne-Marie Erikson and her husband Eric Erikson were the founders. This was a Quaker-affiliated organization.
- Book: Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller.
- Book: The Politics of Rape: The Victims Perspective by Diana E.H. Russel.
- History: The first International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women was held in Brussels.
- History: Lilith Magazine was founded by Susan Weidman Schneider
- History: Women activists from nine community-based rape crisis centers in Illinois gathered to "form a mutual support group...adding strength to any issue such as legislative action, and giving our strength to each other." Searching for a name that reflected the profound social struggle necessary to end the degradation and rape of women, these activists named their group the Illinois Coalition of Women Against Rape (ICWAR). Later changing their name to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
- History: Jewish Theological Seminary convenes Commission on the Ordination of Women as Rabbis
- History: Ann Burgess and her colleagues noted that "concern for the victims of sexual assault has become a national priority only during the past five years. In that time, both public awareness of and knowledge about sexual assault and its victims have grown immeasurably".
- Book: Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest by Sandra Butler was published.
- History: Lenore Terr published the first of her series of papers and a book on the children of the Chowchilla, California kidnapping which introduced a developmental focus on the effects of trauma.
- History: Lenore Walker published her landmark study on victims of domestic violence.
- History: Founding of Drisha Institute, first center for women's advanced study of classical Jewish texts.
- Unpublished Article: All in the Family: A study of Intra-familial Violence in the Los Angeles Jewish Community, by Betsy Giller and Ellen Goldsmith, unpublished master's thesis, Hebrew Union College and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1979.
- Case: Rabbi Perry Ian Cohen was fired from Congregation Shaar Shalom (Chomedey, Montreal, Canada) for sexual impropriety.
- Legal: Congress passed the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act (Public Law 96-272; 42 U.S.C. 420) designed to remedy problems in the foster care system. The act made federal funding for foster care dependent on certain reforms. In 1983, the act was amended to include "reasonable efforts." The reasonable efforts amendment provided for special procedures before removing a child and reunification strategies after removal. Important provisions for case review were also included. The act and its amendment essentially provided fiscal incentives to encourage states to prevent unnecessary foster care placements and to provide children in placement with permanent homes as quickly as possible. The law also gave courts a new oversight role.
- Article Published: "Battered Women Urged to Save Their Own Lives," B'nai Brith Messenger, Los Angeles, Nov. 21, 1980, p. 31
- Organization: VOICES In Action, Inc. (Victims of Incest Can Emerge Survivors). VOICES is one of the first self-help organizations developed to address childhood sexual abuse. Diana Carson was the founder.
- History: Judith Herman, MD and her colleagues in Boston began to document the effects in adult women of having been sexually abused as children.
- Legal: Title XX of the Social Security Act was amended to include the Social Services Block Grant to provide child protective services funding to states. This became the major source of state social service funding.
- Illinois Department of Public Health receives allocation with designation for Rape Crisis and Rape Prevention.
- Article Published: "Community Denial Prevents Recognition: Alcohol Causing Problems for Israelis," B'nai Brith Messenger, Los Angeles, May 8, 1981, p. 9.
- Article Published: "Helping the Abused Jewish Wife or Child," Sh'ma, by Barbara Harris, Oct 16, 1981, 11(219):145.
- Article Published: Child Abuse Said Worsening, by Charles Hoffman. Jerusalem Post, Nov. 29, 1981.
- Case of Peter Yarrow - Singer. Yarrow receives presidential pardon after he pled guilty to taking "immoral and improper liberties" (sexual assault) with a 14-year-old girl back in 1970. Peter Yarrow was married to the niece of Democratic Senator Eugene J. McCarthy at the time of the pardon. Yarrow served three months of a one- to three-year prison sentence.
- History: Ratification period for ERA ends and the ERA expires, three states short of ratification.
- Book: Father-Daughter Incest by Judith Lewis Herman was published.
- Book: Rape in Marriage by Diana E.Russel was first published
- Legal: Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act is signed into law, revising Illinois rape and incest statutes.
- Legal: Illinois Confidentiality of Statements Made to Rape Crisis Personnel grants absolute privilege to sexual assault victims.
- Book: I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse by Ellen Bass and Louise Thornton was published.
- Article Published: "Today, The Silent Scream," by D'vora Ben Shaul, Jerusalem Post, July 1, 1983, p. 9.
- Article Published: "Rape, Incest, Taboo Topics In The Orthodox Community," by Lisa Schiffren, The Jewish Week and American Examiner, August 23, 1983.
- Case: Allegations made against Rabbi Matis Weinberg, Yeshivat Kerem, Santa Clara, California. This (case never made it to the news media until 2003.
- Legal: Federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) passed Congress, promising future funding for victim services.
- Passage of the Illinois Violent Crime Victims Assistance Act made funds available for increased counseling and advocacy with victims of sexual assault. Rape crisis centers hired full-time advocates and 16 centers established specialized counseling services for children.
Case of Eugene Aronin
- Case of Eugene Loub Aronin (AKA: Gene Aronin, Eugene Aronin), School Counselor/Teacher; story broke - The Texas Record.
- Case of Michael Ashbal, Hebrew Academy Teacher; story broke - Miami Herald
|Dr. Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz|
- Case of Dr. Rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz; story breaks - New York Times
- Case of Rabbi Melvin Teitelbaum (Charges Dismissed); story broke - United Press International
- Article Published: Sexual Offenses Redefined, by Bar-Natan, Ya'acov. Israel Scene, 1988, 10(5):9.
- Organization: Self-Help Group For Jewish Survivors: VOICES In Action, Inc. creates the first Special Interest Group (SIG) for Jewish Survivors of childhood Sexual Abuse. This basically was a pen pal group using snail mail. Vicki Polin developes resources and referals for survivors on an international level.
Case of Rabbi Marc Gafni
- Case of Rabbi Isadore Trachtman; no news media attention, yet everyone in Chicago knew about this case - court documents
- Case: Allegations made against "rabbi" Mordechai Winarz (AKA: Marc Gafni, Mordechai Gafni). This case never made it to the news media until 2004.
- Legal: Congress passed the Child Abuse Victims' Rights Act, which gave a civil damage claim to child victims of violations of federal sexual exploitation law.
- Article Published: The Bond Abused: A Survivor of Incest Breaks Silence, Sharon Lowenstein. Moment, 02:2, January/February, 1986.
- Case of Rabbi Alan Jay "Shneur Horowitz, MD; story breaks - Charlotte Observer (NC)
- Case of Rabbi Hirsch Travis; story broke - United Press International.
- Article Published: "Beyond Inclusion: Redefining the Jewish Family," by Marcia Cohn Spiegel. Genesis, Autumn, 1987. (describes violence and addiction in Jewish families and our denial of problem).
- Organization: Justice For Children was founded by former Harris County, Texas prosecutor, Randy Burton.
- Case of Rabbi Mordecai Magencey, PhD; story breaks - St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
rabbi Ephraim Bryks
- Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks. In 1987, the Winnipeg Council of Rabbis wrote a letter to the editor of the Winnipeg Jewish Post & News alleging that Rabbi Bryks plagiarized several articles in his Weekly Torah commentaries from a book by Ottawa Rabbi Reuven Bulka's called Torah Therapy. Rabbi Bryks' lawyer threatened the newspaper with a lawsuit if the letter were published. It was never printed.
- Legal: Illinois - Law is passed prohibiting polygraph examination of sexual assault victims.
- Legal: Illinois - Hearsay Exception is granted to child sexual assault victims under the age of 13.
- Organization: Agunah, Inc. and GET founded in Brooklyn, NY
- Article Published: The Abuse Child, by Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz. Halakhic Insights." Ten Da'at, Sivan 5748 (Spring 1988), vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 11-12.
- Article Published: The Last Taboo: Dare we Talk about Incest?, by Marcia Cohn Spiegel. Lilith, #20, Summer, 1988.
- Article Published: "A Stumbling Block Before the Blind: Sexual Exploitation in Pastoral Counseling, Rachel Adler and Arthur Gross Schaefer. CCAR Journal: A Reform Jewish Quarterly, Spring 1993, pp.13-54. Summer 1995, pp. 75-79.)
- Article Published: Child Abuse, by Gertrude Conrad and Janet Cohen Hurwitz, Hadassah, 1988, 69(8): 26.
- Article Published: identifying the Abused Child: The Role of Day School Educators, by David Pelcovitz. Ten Da'at, 1988, vol. 2, pp. 9-10.
- Book: The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse was first published. The book written by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis.
- Book: Victims No Longer: Men Recovering from Incest by Mike Lew was first published.
- Book: Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused As Children by Eliana Gil was published.
- Case Report was published by the regarding the Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks by the Child and Family Service Report - March 23, 1988
- Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks. First known investigation of Rabbi Bryks regarding inappropriate behavior with children conducted by Winnipeg Child and Family Services. There would be further investigations by investigative journalists and the Winnipeg police over the next decade. The police investigation remains open to this day and involves several allegations of criminal conduct against multiple children. There is no statue of limitations in Canada on sex crimes against children. Rabbi Bryks initiated libel lawsuits against the CBC and CNN networks as well as against several investigative journalists personally in both Canada and the US. Rabbi Bryks abandoned his lawsuit in Canada and his US lawsuit was dismissed on technical grounds. Rabbi Bryks left Canada in 1990 and has not cooperated with the police.
- Article Published: "Abused Women do not Make Choices" by Marcia Cohn Spiegel . Genesis, Spring, 1989.
- Organization: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) was founded by Barbara Blaine, MSW, JD. This was the first organization created to address clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
- Case of Rabbi Haim Pardes; story breaks - Jerusalem Post
- History: First issue of BRIDGES: A Journal for Jewish Feminists and our Friends was published. Created by Ruth Atkin, Elly Bulkin, Rita Falbel, Clare Kinberg, Adrienne Rich.
- Organization: Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel (ARCCI) was formed.
- Article Published: Confronting Sexual Abuse in Jewish Families," Sharon Lowenstein. Moment, 15:2, Apr-90, 48-53.
- Book: What Lisa Knew: The Truth and Lies of the Steinberg Case, by J. Johnson. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1990.
|Case of Rabbi Aron B. Tendler|
- Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks. Rabbi Bryks left Canada after serious allegations of sexual abuse were made against him. There is no statue of limitations in Canada on sex crimes against children. This story originally broke in 1988. To this day has refused to cooperate with Canadian police.
- Case of Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler. Replaced as principal of the girls Yeshiva University Los Angeles after allegations were made that he molested teenage girls. There is no news media reporting of this case until 2006.
- Case of Rabbi Ivan Wachmann; story broke - London Times.
- Case of David Douglas Webber (AKA: David Webber); story breaks - Canadian Press
- History: Reporter Nina Totenberg breaks story of Anita Hill's allegations of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, sparking three days of Senate hearings.
- Legal: Congress passed the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990, aimed at improving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
- Legal: Illinois - Civil Statute of Limitations for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse becomes law.
- Article Published: Healing Words, An interview with Laura Davis, child abuse survivor, by Liz Galst. The Advocate, Oct. 22, 1991, p. 87.
- Article Published: Jewish Women Talk About Surviving Incest, Bridges, Spring 1991, 2 (1): 26-34.
- Article Published: Battling Violence in Israeli Society, by Rena Kronenthal, Na'amat Woman, Nov.-Dec. 1991, pp. 5-7
- Article Published / Proposal: The Physical, Sexual, and Emotional Abuse of Children, by Rabbi Mark Dratch. Proposal submitted to "The R.C.A. Roundtable," Nisan 5752.
- Article Published: The Plague of Child Abuse, by Ruth Ebenstein. Jerusalem Report, Nov. 21, 1991, II(5):18.
- Article Published: Physical and Sexual Violence by Husbands as a Reason for Imposing a Divorce in Jewish Law, by Mordechai Frishtik. The Jewish Law Annual, 1991, v9, p. 145.
- Article Published: Forgiving God: An Incest Survivor's Struggle, by Chaya Sarah Sadeh, Neshama, Winter 1991, p.1.
- Book: Rape and Rape Survivors in Israel, by Esther Eilam (translated by Sharon Ne'eman), in Calling the Equality Bluff: Women in Israel, edited by Barbara Swirksi and Marilyn P. Safir, New York: Pergamon Press, 1991, pp. 312-318.
- Case of Shimon Rosen; no story written. Information from sex offender registry.
- Legal: Illinois: Citizens vote "yes" for the Illinois Constitutional Amendment for Victims Rights.
- Organization: Survivor Connections, Inc. was created to address clergy sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The founder was Frank L. Fitzpatrick and Sara Fitzpatrick.
- Article Published: Physical Violence by Parents against their Children in Jewish History and Jewish Law, by Mordechai Frishtik. The Jewish Law Annual. 1992, v10, p. 79.
- Letter to the Editor: Reporting Child Abuse by Mark Dratch, The Globe and Mall (Canada).
- Case of Robert Taylor, former board member Temple Beth Emet ; story breaks - Los Angeles Times.
- History: Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first Jewish woman to be appointed to the US Supreme Court.
- Legal: As part of the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act, Congress provided funding for state courts to assess the impact of Public Law 96-272 on foster care proceedings, to study the handling of child protection cases, and to develop a plan for improvement. Funds were made available to states through a grant program called the State Court Improvement Program. The program was the impetus behind a nationwide movement to improve court practice in dependency cases.
- Organization: One Voice: The National Alliance for Abuse Awareness was founded by Sherry Quirk, Esq., and 1958 Miss America Marilyn Van Derbur. One Voice was a 501-c-3 non-profit.
- Article Published: Rabbinic Sexual Misconduct: Another View, by by Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer. Rabbinics Today, Dec. 1993, 2(3), p. 3-4.
- Article Published: Surviving Incest in a Holocaust Family, by Lilith Goldberg. Lilith, Winter 1993, 18:1, pp.20-23.
- Article Published: Survery Finds 70% of Women Rabbis Sexually Harassed, by Jennifer R. Cowan. Moment, Oct. 1993, 18:5, pp. 34-37.
- Article Published: Rape crisis: Development of a center in an Israeli hospital. Special Double Issue: An international perspective on social work in health care, by N. Edlis. Social Work in Health Care, 18, 169-178.
- Article Published: Rape on Kibbutz, by Tamar Gozansky. Lilith, Spring 1993, 18(1): 16-17.
- Article Published: Jews Begin to Address Allegations of Sexual Misconduct by Rabbis, by Andrea Heiman, Andrea. Los Angeles Times, June 19, 1993, B4.
|Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau|
- Article Published: A Model Child Abuse Prevention Program, by S. Jaffe. Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1991-2, pp. 114-122.
- Article Published: Yesterday's Victims: Today's Perpetrators? by Mark Levine, Jewish Quarterly, Winter 1993-94, 40(4): 11-16.
- Book: Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, by Judith Herman was first published.
- Case of Arie Adler and Marisa Rimland; story broke - New York Times
- Case of Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau. Allegations of childhood sexual abuse were disclosed to Aviva Weisbord. Rabbi Eisgrau is currently the prinicipal of the Torah Academey in Baltimore, MD. The case was kept quiet until 2004 when Levi Ford reported it on his blog.
- Case of Michael Scott Wheeler; story breaks - The Arizona Daily Star
- Legal: Passage of the federal Violence Against Women Act by Congress and signed into law.
- Organization: The American Coalition for Abuse Awareness, a legislative lobbying group, was founded by Sherry Quirk. The ACAA was a 501-c-4 organization.
- Article Published: Common Coping Mechanisms Used by Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Vicki Polin and Gail Roy.
- Article Published: Common Symptoms of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, by Vicki Polin and Gail Roy.
- Artilce Published: What's Behind Rabbi's Touch: When a kiss results in a violation of trust, by Phil Jacobs. Detroit Jewish News, July 8, 1994, p. 1.
- Article Published: Our Silent Seasons" A Ceremony of Healing From Sexual Abuse, by Leila Gal Berner "in Lifecycles: Jewish Women on Life Passages and Personal Milestones by Debra Orenstein, editor, Woodstock, Vermont: Jewish Lights, 1994, pp. 121-136.
- Article Published: Breaking the Silence: Rabbinic Sexual Misconduct, by Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer. Sh'ma, April 1994, 24(473).
- Article Published: Combating Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Risk Management, by Rabbi Arthur Gross Schaefer. May 1994.
- Article Published: Rabbi Sexual Misconduct: Crying out for a Communal Response, Comment & Analysis, Fall, 1994.
- Documentary: Unorthodox Conduct" airs regarding the case against Rabbi Ephriam Bryks.
- Produced in 1994 by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Ran twice nationally and twice on local affiliate. Run on the CNN Headline News network. Nomminated for several and won at least one major journalism award (The New York Festivals' 1994 International TV Programming and Promotion Awards - bronze medal news documentary/special). Most extensive and expensiv.e journalistic investigation in this area (reprortedly over $25,000 spent producing).
- Case of Dr. Rabbi Samuel Mendelowitz; story breaks - The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
- Web Page: David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages begins. The focus is on Traumatic-Stress, PTSD and Dissociation.
- Book: Sexual Abuse in Nine North American Cultures: Treatment and Prevention, edited by Lisa Fontes. Chapter: Jews and Sexual Child Abuse, Joan Featherman, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1995.
- Case of Rabbi Yehudah Friedlander; story breaks - New York Times
- Case of Rabbi Israel Grunwald; story breaks - New York Times
- Case of Cantor Mark Horowitz; story breaks - The Buffalo News (Buffalo, NY)
- Article Published: Rabbinical Seminaries Offer Scant Training on Sexual Ethics, by Debra Nussbaum Cohen. Jewish Telegraphic Agency Daily News Bulletin, 74:178, Sept. 20, 1996, p. 3.
- Article Published: "Spirituality for Survival: Jewish Women Recovering from Abuse," by Marcia Cohn Spiegel . Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Fall, 1996 12(2):121-137.
- Article Published: "Help I'm Burnt Out! Vicarious Victimization, Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Compassion Fatigue", by Vicki Polin
- Article Published: Too Soft on Rape? Do judges go easy on rapists, by Janine Zacharia, "Jerusalem Report, Feb. 8, 1996.
- Series of Articles: JTA series by Debra Nussbaum Cohen
- Rabbinic sexual misconduct -- breaching a sacred trust
- Critics push for stricter codes for handling sexual misconduct - Jewish Telegraphic Agency Daily News Bulletin, 74:178, Sept. 20, 1996, p. 1-3
- Also appeared as "Rabbinic Misconduct; Sexual Exploitation by some Spiritual Leaders Raises the Question: Are there really rules or is it an old boys network," Los Angeles Jewish Journal, Oct. 18, 1996, p. 10-12.
- Victims of rabbinic sex abuse suffer pain of communal denial
- Conspiracy of silence' fuels rabbis' sexual misdeeds
- When Rabbis Go Astray: The dilemma for single rabbis; To date or not to date members
- Organization: Founding of Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA)
Case of Rabbi Arnold Fink
- Case of Lawrence J. Cohen, Kindergarten Teacher; story breaks - NJ Star-Ledger
- Case of Rabbi Gershon Freidlin; story breaks - The Star-Ledger (Newark, NJ)
- Case of Rabbi Robert Kirschner; story breaks - Jewish Bulletin (Northern California)
- Case of Rabbi Arnold Fink; story breaks - JTA
- Legal: In 1997, Congress Passed the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA; Public Law 105-89). ASFA represents the most significant change in federal child welfare law since the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. The act includes provisions for legal representation, state funding of child welfare and adoption, and state performance requirements. In general, ASFA is intended to promote primacy of child safety and timely decisions while clarifying "reasonable efforts" and continuing family preservation. ASFA also includes continuation funding for court improvement.23
- Legal: Illinois - Sex Offender Management Board created by Illinois General Assembly.
- Legal: Illinois - Law is passed allowing a defendant's previous victims to testify about defendant's "prior bad acts," whether reported or not.
- Book: The 1997 Chicagoland Area Sexual Abuse Resource Guide for Care Providers and Survivors, by Vicki Polin was published.
- Aricle Published: Child Abuse in Israel -- Focus on Issues: Israeli Programs Help Families Overcome Scourge of Child Abuse, by Michele Chabin. news release from Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Jan. 7, 1998.
- Organization: One Voice and ACAA merged.
- Organization: The Awareness Center opens its doors in Chicago , IL (Rogers Park) as a holistic counseling - /educational center, specializing in sexual violence. In 1999 the co-operative begins to transform into a non-profit organization called The Awareness Center, Inc. (the first international organization that addresses sexual violence in Jewish communities).
- Case of Rabbi Louis Brenner (AKA: Rabbi Lipa Brenner); story originally breaks in the New York Law Journal. Brenner was convicted of child molestation. The original charges included 14 counts of sodomy, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He agreed to plead guilty to one count of sodomy in the third degree, a Class E felony, in exchange for a sentence of five years' probation. Prosecutors said Brenner had sexual contact with a youth he met in the bathroom of the temple they both attended. The molestations allegedly took place over a three-year period that ended in 1995 when the victim was 15 years old.
- Case of James A. Cohen, Counselor for a Jewish Youth Group Bus Trip Around the USA; story breaks - Chicago Tribune
- Case of Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg; story breaks - Jewish Bulletin of Northern California.
- Case of Cantor Stewart Friedman; story breaks - Canadian Press Newswire.
- Case of Rabbi Don Well; story breaks - Daily News (New York)
- Legal: Illinois - Law is passed which makes giving a person a "date rape drug" before sexually assaulting her/him an aggravating factor to the crime.
- Article Published: A Paradoxical Legacy: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's Shadow Side, by Sara Blustain, Lilith, Spring 1998, 23(1), pp. 10-17,"
- Article Published: Sex, Power and Our Rabbis: Readers Respond to 'Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's Shadow Side, Lilith, Summer 1998, pp. 12-16.
- Article Published: Sibling Incest, Madness and the 'Jews', by Sander L. Gilman. Jewish Social Studies. Winter 1998, 4(2): 157-179.
- Case of Gerald "Ajax" Ackerman, Former Mayor; story broke - Associated Press
- Case of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach; story breaks in Lilith Magazine.Allegations of sexual misconduct against Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach can be dated back to the 1960's. Spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, and others report numerous incidents, from playful propositions to actual sexual contact. Most of the allegations include middle-of-the-night, sexually charged phone calls and unwanted attention or propositions. Others, which have been slower to emerge, relate to sexual molestation.
- Case of Rabbi Ze'ev Kopolevitch and Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School; story breaks - Jerusalem Post
- Case of Rabbi Perry Ian Cohen; story breaks - Canadian Jewish News
- Case of Rabbi Mark A. Golub; story breaks - Daily Press (Newport News, VA)
- Case of Rabbi Yaakov Weiner breaks. (incident report)
- Case of Rabbi Jeremy Hershy Worch; story breaks of questionable behavior (newer allegations were also made in 2004). - News-Gazette (Champaign, IL)
- Case of Rabbi Max Zucker; story breaks - Dallas Morning News
- Legal: Illinois: Law is passed to extend the criminal statue of limitations in sexual assault cases of an adult victim to ten years past the time of the rape and ten years past the age of 18 for minor victims.
- Legal: Illinois - Law is passed creating pilot Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs in four Illinois hospitals.
- Legal: Illinois - Law is passed that allows a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse to request that the State's Attorney file a petition to have the court records of the case sealed.
- Organization: Concept of The Awareness Center, Inc. developes. Vicki Polin begins to transform her web page into The Awareness Center's current site, which addresses sexual abuse in Jewish communities.
- Article Published: Israel's Miss World Speaks Out, Alleges She Was Raped, by Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, Jan. 15, 1999, pp. A13-14.
- Case of Simcha Adler, Counselor; story broke - New York Post
- Case of Samuel S. Aster, Music Teacher/College Professor; story breaks - New York Times
- Case of Rabbi Arthur Charles Shalman; story breaks - The Buffalo News
- Legal: Illinois - Law is passed permitting minor sexual assault victims 13 through 17 years to consent to the release of her or his evidence collection kit to be analyzed for evidence for prosecution.
- Organization: One Voice merged with Justice For Children.
- Case of Yisrael Abadi, Teacher; story breaks - Jerusalem Post
- Case of Rabbi Yaakov Yitzhak Brizel, story breaks originally breaks in Haaretz (Israel). Rabbi Brizel was accused of molesting several male children. Allegations were made of a cover up. Brizel family are the founders of the "Modesty Squad" also known as the "tznius patrol". A group of individuals who organized imposes their moral order on the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Israel.
- Case of Rabbi Solomon Hafner; story breaks - New York Post
- Case of Rabbi Steven Kaplan; story breaks - The New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
- Case of Rabbi Baruch Lanner; story breaks - New York Jewish Week
- Case of Meyer Miller, kosher butcher; story breaks - Chicago Jewish News
- Case of Ari Sorkin; youth director; story breaks - Jewish Exponent
- Case of Rabbi Ze'ev Sultanovitch; story breaks - Haaretz
- Case of Rabbi Tzvi Wainhaus; story breaks - Jewish Image Magazine
- Organization: The Awareness Center, Inc., which is the Jewish Coaltion Against Sexual Abuse/Assault begins to organize in Jerusalem, Israel, later in the year moving to Baltimore, MD. A call goes out looking for others who would be interested in getting involved.
- Case of Cantor Stewart Friedman; story breaks - Canadian Press Newswire.
- Case of Rabbi Jerrold Levy; story breaks - Associated Press
- Case of Rabbi Pinchas Lew; story breaks - Canadian Jewish News
- Case of Cantor Stanley Rosenfeld; story breaks - Associated Press
- Case of Rabbi Mordechai Yomtov; story breaks - Los Angeles Times
- Case of Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman; story breaks - Forward
- Case of the Unnamed Rabbi - Principal Who Inpregnated A Girl With Learning Disabilities - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
- Article Published: "Schools Try To Prep For Sexual Abuse" in the Baltimore Jewish Times regarding the case of Adam Theodore Rubin, former teacher and coach
- Book: Shine the Light: Sexual Abuse and Healing in the Jewish Community by Rachel Lev was published.
- Book: I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation, by Laura Davis. New York: HarperCollins, 2002.
- Case of David Carl Arndt, MD; story breaks - NBC News
- Case of Jerrry Brauner; no story in the news media - NY State Sex Offender Registry
- Case of Larry Cohen - Soccer Coach; story breaks - Oregonian
- Case of Rabbi Richard Marcovitz; story breaks - KOCO-TV Oklahoma
- Case of Rabbi Juda Mintz; story breaks - Newday
- Case of Cantor Howard Nevison; story breaks - Philadelphia Inquirer
- Case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler; story breaks - Luke Ford's Blog
- Case of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Oratz; no story in the news media. Information from the state sex offender registry.
- Case of Rabbi Michael Ozair; story breaks - Jewish Journal of Orange
- Case of Cantor Michael Segelstein; story breaks - The Las Vegas Sun
- Case of Robert Sternberg; no story written - State Sex Offender Registry
- Case of Tel Aviv Arts School ; story breaks - Haaretz
- Case of Cantor Phillip Harold Wittlin; story breaks - Jewish Exponent
- History: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks was asked not to speak in Des Moines, IA after a Call To Action was created by The Awareness Center, Inc. "Rabbi's visit canceled amid abuse allegations", Des Moines Register (11/14/2003)
- Organization: The Awareness Center receives its federal non-profit status with the IRS.
- Conference: Jewish Women International's First International Conference - Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness. Lost in the Shuffle: Jewish Survivors of Sexual Victimization. Vicki Polin and Michael Salamon
- Article Published: Confronting Abuse In The Orthodox Community by Rabbi Yosef Blau, Nefesh News, 7:9, July 2003).
- Article Published: Rabbi's Odyssey Reflects Struggle on Sexual Abuse by Alan Cooperman. Washington Post. Story about the case of Sidney I. Goldenberg.
- Article Published: Legislators reject bill requiring priests to break seal of Confession. by Henrietta Gomes. Catholic Standard
- Article Published: Clergy as Mandated Reporters by Vicki Polin. Testimony was also provided in the senate hearing, Annapolis, MD.
- Article Published: When a Family Member Molests: Reality, Conflict & the Need for Support, by Vicki Polin, Michael Salamon and Na'ama Yehuda. Many Voices
- Article Published: Soul Searching: Sexual Abuse, Cults, and Missionaries by Vicki Polin and Na'ama Yehuda. The Awareness Center
- Case of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner; story breaks in Haaretz (Israel). Two women accused the rabbi of creating emotionally intimate relationships with them. These relationships included his expressions of his love for them during regular late-night phone conversations, extracting details from them of their sexuality and promoting an unhealthy emotional dependence on him.
- Case of Rabbi Aryeh Blaut (AKA: Louis Blaut, Louis Steven Blaut, Louis A. Blaut, Louis S. Blaut) - No article ever written regarding this convicted sex offender. Rabbi Blaut is the past principal of the Seattle Hebrew Academy.
- Case of Rabbi Yitzchak Cohen; story breaks - New York Jewish Week
- Case of Eric Dorfner, BBYO Volunteer; ; story breaks - Burlington County Times
- Case: Washington Post article published on Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg
- Case of Rabbi Ephraim Goldberg; story breaks - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
- Case of the Jewish School in Manchester, England; story breaks - Totally Jewish
- Case of Cantor Joel Gordon; story breaks - JTA
- Case of Rabbi Israel Kestenbaum; story breaks - Associated Press
- Case of Rabbi Yona Metzger; story breaks - Haaretz
- Case of Cantor Robert Shapiro; story breaks - The Patriot Ledger
- Case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler; story breaks - Luke Ford
- Case of Howard Marc Watzman, MD; story breaks - Associated Press
- Case of Rabbi Matis Weinberg; story breaks - Yeshiva University Commentator
- Case of Yeedle Werdyger - Chassidic Singer; story breaks - Bambili
- Case of Moshe Meshi Zahav; story breaks - Bambili News
- The Awareness Center issued a "call to action" against efforts to rename an Upper West Side street Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Way. The call for action was successful and the application for naming the street was withdrawn.
- Conference: JOFA 's 5th Annual International Conference. Addresses sexual violence in Jewish communities.
- "Shattering the Silence: Childhood Sexual Abuse," Vicki Polin and Michael Salamon.
- "The Politics of Gender in Confronting an Abusive Rabbi," Judy Klitsner.
- "When Authority Breaks Down: The Abuse of Power," Rabbis Yosef Blau and Mark Dratch.
- Book: Victims No Longer (Second Edition) by Mike Lew. The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Child Sexual Abuse
- Article Published: Remembering To Exhale by Vicki Polin. Plain Views: A Publication of the HealthCare Chaplaincy.
- Article Published: Facing A Mixed Legacy - First Carlebach conference to grapple with issue of abuse head on; opposition to street naming. New York Jewish Week. Regarding the Call To Action by The Awareness Center not to have a street named after alleged sex offender - Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.
- Article Published: Local Activists Hit Orthodox Feminist Conference. Baltimore Jewish Times.
- Case of Harold Bloom, Humanities and English Professor at Yale Univeristy; story breaks - Yale Daily News
- Case of Rami "Eli" Buchnik, Teacher Youth Instructor and Gym Coach; story broke - Haaretz
- Case of Lieutenant Colonel Eli Bunbut, Israel Defense Force; story breaks - Haaretz
- Case of Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau; story originally broke on a blog by Levi Ford. Rabbi Eisgrau has been accused of physically abusing and sexually assaulting one of his children. There have also been allegations that two families were "run out of Baltimore" because they wanted to go to secular legal authorities to deal with the accusations of child abuse)
- Case of Rabbi Benyamin Yaakov Fleischman; court documents - No story ever written.
- Case of Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg; story breaks - Star Tribune (St. Paul, MN)
- Case of Rabbi Michael Mayersohn; story breaks - JTA
- Case of Rabbi Eliyahu Tzabari; story breaks - Haaretz
- Case of Rabbi Nachman Weisfeld; story breaks - Haaretz
- Case of Adam Wexler - Musician ; story breaks - MSN News (Hebrew)
- Case of Rabbi Jeremy Hershy Worch; story breaks (past and current allegations) - Luke Ford
- Book: Sex Maniac by Sonia Pressman Fuentes published.
- Article Published: Defrocked rabbi's Jerusalem lecture cancelled after threats, by Daphna Berman. Regarding the case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler.
- Article Published: No charges expected against rabbi - Dateline' reaction one of sadness, by Eric Fingerhut. Regarding the case of Rabbi David Kaye. Washington Jewish Week.
- Article Published: Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community by Carrie Devorah. The Jewish magazine.
- Article Published: Bullying, Intimidation, Extortion Attempts: Advocating for Survivors of Sexual Violence by Vicki Polin. The Awareness Center, Inc.
- Conference: Jewish Women International's Conference - Pursuing Truth, Justice and Righteousness. Rabbi Yosef Blau and Vicki Polin presented a workshop entitled, "Lost in the Shuffle: Jewish Survivors of Sexual Victimization".
- Case of Errine Renata Acciaroli - Special Education Teacher; story broke - Toronto Sun
- Case of Yossi Boker, Assistant Commander Police Investigative Department; story breaks - Jerusalem Post
- Case of Nachman Borenstein, Teacher's Aide Talmud Torah; story breaks - Jerusalem Post
- Case of Peter Braunstein, Playwright and Freelance Journalist; story breaks - WABC Eyewitness News
- Case of Rabbi Asher Dann; story breaks - Haaretz and Jerusalem Post
- Case of Rabbi David Kaye; story breaks - Dateline NBC
- Case of Rabbi David Lipman; story breaks - Associated Press
- Case of Rabbi Yaakov Menken; story breaks - Luke Ford
- Case of Rabbi Gabriel Ohayon; story breaks - South Floridea Sun Sentinel
- Case of Omer Yaish; story breaks - Jerusalem Post
- Case of the 40-year-old man residing in an ultra-orthodox yeshiva; story broke - YNet News.
- Talk Radio Show: A Jewish Perspective on Child Sexual Abuse. Vicki Polin, executive director of The Awareness Center, Inc. appears on Ethicalife.com
- Article Published: Orthodox Jew fights for her right to divorce. This article is regarding the case of Ephraim Ohana. Baltimore Examiner.
- Article Published: Nobody's Child: Surviving without a Family. by Vicki Polin, Michael Salamon and Na'ama Yehuda. BishopAccountability.org
- Article Published: Rabbis Investigating Allegations of Sexual Offenses. by Vicki Polin. Abuse Tracker
- Article Published: On the Rabbi's Knee: Do the Orthodox Jews have a Catholic-priest problem? by Robert Kolker. New York Magazine
- Case of Gary Philip Dolovich, Attorney (AKA: Gary Dolovich); story breaks - Winnipeg Sun (Winnipeg, Canada)
- Case of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann; story breaks on the blog Unorthodox Jew. Serious allegations made against Rabbi Moshe Eiseman over the last several years of molesting boys at Ner Israel of Baltimore, MD. These allegations have since been confirmed by various reliable rabbinic sources. As a result of the allegations being made public, Rabbi Eiseman was forced into retirement.
- Case of Cantor Philip Friedman; story breaks - Albany Times Union
- Case: New Allegations made against Rabbi Mordechai Gafni; story breaks - New York Jewish Week
- Case of Moshe Katsav - President of Israel,. story breaks - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
- Case of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko; story breaks - Unorthodox Jew. Rabbi Yudi Kolko and Yeshiva Torah Temimah were hit with a $20 million civil lawsuit on May 5, 2006, accusing him of molesting two students more than 25 years ago. One of the alleged victims said Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, 60, sexually assaulted him when he was a seventh-grade student. Rabbi Joel Kolko was arrested in New York City on December 7, 2006 following a long-term police investigation. He was charged with four counts of sexual abuse, including two felony counts, and endangering the welfare of a child. The most recent sexual abuse was allegedly against an 8-year-old boy, who says he was abused while he was in the first grade during the 2002-03 school year.
- Case of Samuel Juravel (AKA: Shmuel Juravel) story breaks - Savannah Morning News. (02/23/2007) On September 25, 2006, Juravel pleads guilty and is sentenced to 22 years in federal prison. Juravel's arrest and prosecution is part of the FBI's Project Safe Childhood.
- Case of Rabbi Avraham M. Leizerowitz , story breaks - New York Post (12/14/2007). A civil suit was filed against Rabbi Avraham Mordecai Leizerowitz of the Gerrer Mesivta High School in Borough Park Brooklyn. The charges include improperly touching a boy during a one-on-one help session in the rabbi's office in the Borough Park secondary school. Three other older boys have also come forward making similar allegations.
- Case of Rabbi Edward Schlaeger; story breaks - Connecticut Post
- Case of Rabbi Ben Zion Sobel; story first broke in 1985, yet was never published until 2006 - Luke Ford's Blog.
- Case: Cantor Robert Shapiro is ordered by a judge to pay $8.4 million for sexually abusing an mentally retarded woman.
- Case of Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler; story first broke in 1990 when he was replaced as principal of the girls Yeshiva University Los Angeles after allegations of molestation of students.There is no news media reporting of this case until 2006. - The Awareness Center.
- Series of Articles Published: Reining in Abuse: horror stories about sexual misdeeds perpetrated by rabbis and other vaunted communal figure. By Richard Greenberg and Eugene Meyer. Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) (01/10/2007)
- Article Published: The End Of Innocence: Confronting Sexual Abuse in the Orthodox Community. By Sholom Greenwald. (02/14/2007)
- Article Published: Jewish laws governing reporting to the authorities in cases of child abuse (Hebrew) (03/09/2007)
- Article Published: Passover Prayer On Behalf of Abused and Neglected Children (03/30/2007)
- Legislative Hearing: Testimony Provided on Maryland Senate Bill 575 - SB 575: Civil Actions - Child Sexual Abuse - Statute of Limitations. (03/01/2007)
- Case of Samuel Juravel (AKA: Shmuel Juravel). Survivor speaks out - Baltimore Jewish Times. (02/23/2007)
- Case of Yosef Meystel (AKA: Joseph Meystel). Story breaks - Baltimore Jewish Times. (02/23/2007)
- Case of Brad Hames. Story breaks - Baltimore Jewish Times.(02/23/2007)
Brief History of Child Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse/Assault Laws
|Mary Ellen Wilson|
|Mary Ellen Wilson|
- 1975 Rape Victims Emergency Treatment Act passes the Illinois General Assembly and is signed into law.
- 1977 Illinois Coalition of Women Against Rape (ICWAR) is formed.
- 1978 Rape Shield Act becomes law for sexual assault victims in Illinois.
- 1981 Federal Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant is signed into law. Illinois Department of Public Health receives allocation with designation for Rape Crisis and Rape Prevention.
- 1982 ICWAR receives first Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant allocation of $148,889. ICWAR creates its first Contracts Review Committee and allocates funds to twelve centers.
- 1983 Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act is signed into law, revising Illinois rape and incest statutes.
- 1983-84 Confidentiality of Statements Made to Rape Crisis Personnel grants absolute privilege to sexual assault victims.
- 1984 Illinois Violent Crime Victims Assistance Act is signed into law, making funds available for counseling and advocacy.
- 1984 ICWAR changes its name to the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA).
- 1984 Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) passes Congress; states receive notice of future funding for victim services.
- 1985 ICASA receives one-time grant from the Illinois Department of Public Aid for counseling services.
- 1985 ICASA granted its first allocation of state General Revenue Funds.
- 1986 ICASA receives its first allocation of federal VOCA funds from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
- 1988 Law is passed prohibiting polygraph examination of sexual assault victims.
- 1988 Hearsay Exception is granted to child sexual assault victims under the age of 13.
- 1991 Civil Statute of Limitations for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse becomes law.
- 1992 Citizens vote "yes" for the Illinois Constitutional Amendment for Victims Rights.
- 1994 ICASA receives allocation for the SACY Project from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
- 1994 The Violence Against Women Act is passed by Congress and signed into law.
- 1996 ICASA receives VAWA funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.
- 1997 Sex Offender Management Board created by Illinois General Assembly.
- 1997 Law is passed allowing a defendant's previous victims to testify about defendant's "prior bad acts," whether reported or not.
- 1997 ICASA celebrates its 20th Anniversary with friends and colleagues.
- 1998 Law is passed which makes giving a person a "date rape drug" before sexually assaulting her/him an aggravating factor to the crime.
- 1998 ICASA and DHS, using VAWA funds, develop a media campaign that includes television and radio spots directed at male responsibility for rape.
- 1999 ICASA, with DHS, begins evaluation of its crisis intervention services.
- 1999 Law is passed to extend the criminal statue of limitations in sexual assault cases of an adult victim to ten years past the time of the rape and ten years past the age of 18 for minor victims.
- 1999 ICASA moves into a newly constructed administrative office building at 100 N. 16th Street in Springfield.
- 1999 Law is passed creating pilot Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs in four Illinois hospitals.
- 1999 ICASA, with VAWA funding, begins a two year evaluation of its prevention education programs in Illinois schools.
- 1999 Law is passed that allows a victim of sexual assault or sexual abuse to request that the State's Attorney file a petition to have the court records of the case sealed.
- 2000 Law is passed permitting minor sexual assault victims 13 through 17 years to consent to the release of her or his evidence collection kit to be analyzed for evidence for prosecution.