Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Powerful New Site on Clergy Sexual Abuse

Check out Sharon's Rose, a site on Clergy Sexual Abuse (hat tip to Chavah of Rabbinical Sexual Misconduct).

8 comments:

Jewish Survivors said...

This is on The Awareness Center's web page on rabbi Horowitz. He got his start molesting kids in Maryland back in the 1980's.

www.theawarenesscenter.org/horowitz_alan.html

"Alan Horowitz, 39, a Maryland psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina, surrendered his N.C. license in July after pleading guilty in Maryland to ``an unlawful and unnatural, perverted sexual practice with a 12- year-old male."

Horowitz is now 60.


CALL TO ACTION:
Calling for the "Defrocking" of Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz - Convicted Sex Offender

The Awareness Center, Inc. is demanding that the Orthodox Union (OU), the Rabbinic Council of America (RCA) and Agudath Israel of America make a public statements denouncing the actions and behavior of Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz. By not doing so is condoning this serial child molesters criminal behavior.

The Awareness Center, Inc. is also demanding that rabbis around the world find a way to remove Alan Horowitz's rabbinical ordination and that of other known sexual predators (who are ordained rabbis).

At this time we are unaware how Rabbi Horowitz received his rabbinic ordination, yet it is known that it was from an orthodox source. The only way to revoke an ordination is for the rabbi who granted the title to revoke it. In some circles they see ordination as a degree that can never be taken away. According to Jewish tradition once an individual becomes a rabbi, halachicly he/she can ordain another individual.

In the past both the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America), Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America have stated that there is nothing they could do regarding Rabbi Horowitz since was he not a member of their organization.

Rabbi Horowitz is a convicted sex offender. Be aware that it takes a village to raise a sex offender and to enable them to continue molesting children or raping adults. Rabbi Horowitz is everyone's responsibility, including all rabbinical organizations, rabbis and Jewish communities.

It is time for all of us to stop passing the buck. Do the right thing, publicly denounce this man and remove his rabbinic ordination!

Contact Information:
Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)
Rabbi Marc Dratch - Chairman of the RCA's Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties
Phone: 203-858-9691
info@jsafe.org

Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President
Phone: 212-807-7888 x 5
bherring@rabbis.org
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Orthodox Union
Rabbi Hershy (Tzvi) Weinreb
execthw@ou.org
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Agudath Israel of America
Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President
Rabbi Avi Shafran,
(212) 797-9000
shafran@agudathisrael.org

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Avi Shafran /Mark Dratch /Basil Herring/Hershy Weinreb
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Background Information

Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, MD, is a convicted sex offender, an ordained Orthodox rabbi and an adolescent psychiatrist. He is married with one child and seven step-children.

Allegations of child abuse have followed Horowitz for decades. In Maryland, he was convicted in 1983 of performing an unnatural sexual act on the 12-year-old boy who was his patient. Allegedly, Horwitz has assaulted a string of children from California to Israel to New York in the past twenty years. Alan J. Horowitz is a rabbi, magna cum laude, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate of Duke University, and a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) publications.

In 1990 and 1991, Horowitz was charged with sexually abusing two boys under the age of 11, a boy less than 14 years old and a girl under the age of 17. On July 27, 1992, Horowitz pled guilty to sodomizing a nine-year-old psychiatric patient as part of a plea agreement. The charge was but one of the 41 pending sex-related charges involving multiple children that had been pending against him. Horowitz was sentenced to ten to twenty years in prison.

Rabbi Horowitz was released on conditional parole November 1, 2004 from Oneida Prison, NY. According to the New York Sex Offender Registry he was Designation: Sexually Violent Offender and Predicate Sex Offender level three sex offender). It is listed that his victims ranged in age from age 8 to 14.

On May 22, 2007 Rabbi Alan Horowitz was caught in India leaving a trail of new child victims. Horwoitz was in violation of his parole since June, 2006. He will be extradited back to the US.

Ani Star said...

Hey, I'm Ani. I wanted to let you know that I've added a link to your site onto the side bar of my own. As a survivor I'm trying to connect with as many other survivors as I can, such as yourself. My main blog is at http://withdissonance.net if you want to check it out. If its okay with you, could I add a link to your blog there also? If you'd like you can add a link to either of my blogs here. Thanks so much.

~ Ani

Anonymous said...

morris conklin with assembly of gods i think, also molests young girls. i heard he's being investigated.

Anonymous said...

"I think" is a pretty lame claim and then sign your name "anonymous". That's sad, it's bad enough that it happens for certain, but to 'think' it did, is sad to say the least.

morris conklin said...

Morris Conklin is my name and I categorically deny the false accusations posted by "anonymous". (I know who that is.) This person poses as a Christian but just doesn't have the real credentials. The Assemblies of God looked into this person's accusations and I -- Morris Conklin -- was cleared of all accusations by (unanimous) vote of the executive presbytery (about 20 AG leaders) in March 2008. I have suffered long with these anonymous lies and I call those who spew them to come into the light of real scrutiny and sign their names to their lying posts, for I have legal remedies available when they do.

Anonymous said...

Could "I think" be referring to the religion of Morris Conklin? I read it that way. If I were guilty of the crime I would probably read it the other way. Just a thought.

sbobet said...

thanks ysboou for arsbochive

Anonymous said...

Forgiving is NOT tolerance
Forgive me and you heal yourself. Tolerate everything I do and you are in for a lot of trouble. You can forgive someone almost anything. But you cannot tolerate everything.

Whenever people try to live or work together, they have to decide on the sorts of things they will put up with.

Every group has to decide what it will put up with and what it cannot tolerate. But what we need to remember is this: we don't have to tolerate what people do just because we forgive them for doing it. Forgiving heals us personally. To tolerate everything only hurts us all in the long run.


Forgiving is NOT excusing
Excusing is just the opposite of forgiving. We excuse people when we understand that they were NOT to blame.

Forgiving is tough. Excusing is easy. What a mistake it is to confuse forgiving with being mushy, soft, gutless, and oh, so understanding. Before we forgive, we stiffen our spine and we hold a person accountable. And only then, in tough-minded judgment, can we do the outrageously impossible thing: we can forgive.

Forgiving is NOT smothering conflict
Some people hinder the hard work of forgiving by smothering confrontation.

Some parents are dedicated to smothering conflict. They shush us and soothe us and assure us that whatever makes us mad is not worth raising a fuss about. They get between us and the rotten kid who did us wrong, always protecting, always pinning down the arms of our rage, forever pacifying. Their "now thens" and "there theres" keep us from ever unloading our anger and from ever forgiving. They say, "Forgive and forget," but what they mean is: "Don't make a fuss, I can't stand the noise."

Quieting troubled waters is not the same as rescuing drowning people, and smothering conflict is not the same as helping people to forgive each other.

Forgiving is NOT forgetting
When we forgive someone, we do not forget the hurtful act, as if forgetting came along with the forgiveness package, the way strings come with a violin.

If you forget, you will not forgive at all. You can never forgive people for things you have forgotten about. You need to forgive precisely because you have not forgotten what someone did; your memory keeps the [emontional] pain alive long after the actual hurt has stopped [passed].

Forgetting, in fact, may be a dangerous way to escape the inner surgery of the heart that we call forgiving. There are two kinds of pain that we forget. We forget hurts too trivial to bother about. We forget pains too horrible for our memory to manage.

Once we have forgiven, however, we get a new freedom to forget. This time forgetting is a sign of health; it is not a trick to avoid spiritual surgery. We can forget because we have been healed.

But even if it is easier to forget after we forgive, we should not make forgetting a test of our forgiving. The test of forgiving lies with healing the lingering pain of the past, not with forgetting that the past ever happened.

The really important thing is that we have the power to forgive what we still do remember.

Accepting people is NOT forgiving them
Accepting a person can feel a lot like forgiving. But it is not the same.

We accept [or reject] people because of the good [or bad] people they are for [to] us. We forgive people for the bad things they did to us.


"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." 2 Timothy 3:1-5.