|Alleged enabler of a confessed sex offender|
For nearly over a decade there has been a ban created by Gary Rosenblatt against many Jewish news media groups publishing the name of Vicki Polin or The Awareness Center.
The ban began after The Awareness Center applied pressure to have a story regarding the case of Rabbi Mordechai Winiarz (AKA: Marc Gafni) published in the New York Jewish Week.
According to reports, Gary Rosenblatt had been holding on to a story he wrote about Gafni since the early 1990s; explaining to one of the survivors the story would be published.
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Rosenblatt reinventing history when it comes to the case of Rabbi Mordechai Gafni?
By Vicki Polin
The Awareness Center's Daily Newsletter - June 16, 2006
"They felt they were the victims, that they had suffered enough and did not want to go through a public scrutiny of past abuses and humiliations. His former wives and the other women had new lives to live and reputations to protect."
"But for a journalist probing these accusations and knowing that the resulting expose could destroy the subject's career, professional standards require offering up real people and real names to make those charges. That is why I spent three years on the Gafni trail, interviewing dozens of people about the allegations of sexual misbehavior, before publishing anything. And at that point, in September 2004, I wrote an opinion column rather than a news story because I still did not have anyone with firsthand experience of abuse speaking on the record."
“And I offered up Gafni’s denials, and other rabbis defending him. They said that even if these things had happened, it was a long time ago and he had done teshuva (repentance). . . I think I should have written at the time that I found the women far more credible than Gafni. . . One thinks I should have acted on my instincts and been tougher on Gafni, even though I had no firsthand accounts on the record. Another said I was right to have held out for on-the-record attribution.”
Gary Rosenblatt - Bio
Beliefnet - August 14, 2013
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