The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover will be observed this month, beginning at sunset on April 22nd. Passover has many descriptive names, including ‘The Feast of Freedom’ because of its many interwoven foundational stories of liberation from abuse and oppression. Read more...
FaithTrust Institute offers a multi-faith discussion guide for SPOTLIGHT: The film offers a wonderful opportunity for faith communities to openly discuss the impact of child sexual abuse, and also address the steps that we can take to ensure safe communities for children and others who are vulnerable. To that end, we have created a multi-faith discussion guide, focusing on four themes that are relevant to faith groups. We've also included text study for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities to explore how these traditions discuss individual and community responsibility. Read more...
Recent Blog Posts
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States, coinciding with a renewed attempt for New York legislators to ratify the Child Victims' Act (A2872A/S63A). The proposed legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Queens) and Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), is being reintroduced after previous failure to pass. It would eliminate the statute of limitations (SOL) for prosecuting perpetrators of sex crimes against children, and would create a one-year window for victims to bring civil suits against perpetrators in cases where the statute has already expired.
Encounters with death are a usual and inevitable part of my work as a hospital Chaplain. Having a day bookended by Death and Taxes, such as I had last week however, caused me to pause and reflect on how the secular and the holy can become one and the same. My day began with Taxes. Oy. The annual day of dread for Susan J Katz.
Watching the Oscars on Sunday night, you might almost start to think that we’ve reached a tipping point in terms of the cultural acknowledgement of violence against women and children, and that at some point in the last 40 years, we activists have made a sizeable dent in the wall of denial and silence. Could it be? Here’s my evidence. You can sort out the reality, or my wishful thinking, yourself.