The Awareness Center closed. We operated from April 30, 1999 - April 30, 2014. This site is being provided for educational & historical purposes.
We were the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault (JCASA); and were dedicated to ending sexual violence in Jewish communities globally. We did our best to operate as the make a wish foundation for Jewish survivors of sex crimes. In the past we offered a clearinghouse of information, resources, support and advocacy.
When I think of the these two I think of the presentation they did in Baltimore in which Pelcovitz refers to Mandel as an expert — even though he has no degrees in the mental health field, nor specific training to be working in the sex abuse field.
I also can’t forget how Mandel tells the audience NOT to report suspicions of sex crimes to law enforcement, instead to bring the allegations to their local orthodox rabbi to make a determination. I don’t know of any orthodox rabbis who have the forensic training to do this.
Here, watch them yourself. Let’s have an educated discussion: