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Speaking Out Against Abusers is Paramount

 

By Lori Garber

Courage to speak out against an abuser is paramount in combating sexual assault.  The question is whether the recent reversal of Obama-era college sexual misconduct rules will discourage reporting by victims at colleges and universities.  Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos,  set an interim guidance for  a higher standard of evidence for victims of  sexual misconduct against their abusers.  Her reasoning was to protect the accused from being punished without legal due process.

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Education urged universities and colleges to commit to the prevention of sexual assault and adequately and quickly respond to assertions of the victims of sexual misconduct under Title IX, a federal law prohibiting discrimination in education.  

The standard was a “preponderance of evidence”, where, if more than 50% of the evidence points to misconduct, the abuser would be punished.  DeVos proposes the standard to be  for the stricter, “clear and convincing” evidence, which requires proof that  it is highly probable that the claim is true. 

Critics argue the higher standard puts an undue and often virtually impossible burden on the victims.  Others argue for the rights of the accused.  No one wants a college student to be expelled, jailed or otherwise ostracized based on false claims, but it is imperative that  victims of sexual violence not be afraid to confront their accusers through the legal system and they may if they fear they cannot adequately prove the assault occurred.  At this time, even with  DeVos’ announcement, colleges and universities can still choose whether to use the stricter “clear and convincing” evidence standard or the lesser proof of “preponderance of the evidence”.

Universities have responded.  Syracuse University, University of Michigan and University of Tennessee are among the many institutions of higher learning who will …”continue to resist policies that limit victim protections and will continue with their current policies  addressing sexual misconduct,” indicated a SU official.  Students of sexual violence need the courage to speak out and are more likely do so if they know the administration supports and encourages them to identify and confront their abusers.  

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JFCS 2017-2018 CALENDAR! (UPDATED WEEKLY)

DECEMBER 2017

Low Vision Support Group “Seeing it Through Together” – Workshop December 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, JFCS Main Offices, 1301 Springdale Road, Ste. 150  Cherry Hill , NJ 08003 United States + Google Map  – Low Vision Support Group  “Seeing it Through Together” –  Workshop with the Cherry Hill Library December 18th,  2017 at JFCS  1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ  1-2:30 PM Cost: $6 RSVP By November 30th to Hilary Gould at 856-424-1333, EXT 1016 or email Hgould@jfedsnj.org Funding Provided by Jewish Community Foundation  Find out more »

Dementia Caregivers Support Group December 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Arden Courts, 2700 Chapel Avenue West  Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08002 + Google Map  – Dementia caregivers support group at Arden Courts. Attendees will experience an open and compassionate group where you can discuss concerns, stressors, and topics only caregivers understand.  Respite care provided for your loved one while you attend. For more information or to register, contact Sharon Nadler, LSW at 856-424-1333, xt 1173, or email Snadler@jfedsnj.org     Find out more »

 

JANUARY 2018

Cafe’ Connection – a Memory Cafe January 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road  Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map –  Cafe’ Connection – a  Memory Cafe’ is a social gathering for anyone affected with memory challenges and their care partners.  Please join us on January 11 at 10 AM – Noon to enjoy coffee, conversation, a creative experience with a guest artist, and learn about community resources. A lunch and passes to the Movement and Motivation wellness class at Katz JCC will also be offered to attendees for later that day.  Find out more »

Right In Our Backyard Addiction Awareness and Prevention Program January 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm,  Timber Creek High School, 501 Jarvis Rd  Sicklerville, NJ 08081 + Google Map  –  Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Gloucester Township Timber Creek Regional High School Sicklerville, NJ 7pm Sponsored by Gregg B. Wolfe in Memory of Son Justin and Camden County Board of Freeholders.  Find out more »

Project Rainbow – For LGBTQ Teens and Allies January 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Katz JCC, 1301 Springdale Road  Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 United States + Google Map –   Project Rainbow  January 18 Katz JCC – 7-9pm, Room 201 Free & Open to Teens in Grades 7th-12th A supportive and inviting environment for teens who identify as LGBTQ and allies! For information contact Beth Wynne at email bwynne@jfedsnj.org   A collaboration with Katz JCC. Funding provided by Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Women’s Foundation,  Gesher Philanthropy Initiative/JCC Camps at Medford.   Find out more »

 APRIL 2018

Stepping Out with JFCS Annual Fundraiser 2018April 21, 2018 @ 8:45 pm – 11:30 pm,  Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street  Voorhees, NJ 08043 United States + Google Map  – Back by popular demand, the evening features the excitement of the B Street Band!  For information on sponsorships or donating auction items, please call Beth Wynne at 856-424-1333 or email bwynne@jfedsnj.org.  Find out more »

 

New Additions and Exciting Events for JFCS Special Needs Programs

Zumba, Zinburger, and more!  That’s what the participants of the JFCS SAIL (Supports to Achieve Independent Living) Special Needs Program are up to this summer, and it is thanks in part to the newest addition to the JFCS family, SAIL Coordinator Kimberly Liebovitz, MSS, LSW.

Kimberly joined the JFCS team in June, and she brought along her enthusiasm and passion to share with the many SAIL members, who enjoy social and recreational offerings through the program.

“When I saw there was an opportunity for me to work at JFCS with the special needs population to support young adults in their social and community functioning,  I was beyond thrilled.   I knew that JFCS was one of the few local programs that helped support families in transition to adulthood and becoming independent. I then saw the opening for SAIL, and I thought it would be such a a blessing for me to be able to continue my work of supporting families and students after their graduation,” says Kimberly.

We are excited to have Kimberly, who will be responsible for developing and planning the monthly activities for SAIL,” says Barbara Abrams, Director of the JFCS Special Needs Program. “Kimberly has hit the ground running, coming up with many new and innovative program ideas to keep the SAIL participants engaged and interested. SAIL currently has 45 active members who are always eager to try new things, so this is a great match!”

Kim worked as a school social worker, school counselor and as a child study team coordinator, which has provided her with experience to understand the needs of SAIL clients.

“It is not only my goal to help create fun activities for the SAIL participants, but to help participants build new friendships. One of the major benefits of having friends is that they improve our lives. They help us develop a sense of sharing, be it tangible things or just inspirational or motivational words of wisdom,” says Kimberly.

In addition to Kimberly, the JFCS Special Needs Program also welcomed Robin Cohen as the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program Coordinator.  “I was drawn to the position because I was looking to incorporate my teaching skills with my passion for cooking and baking … and this is that job,” says Robin. “As a former special education teacher, Soups and Sweets allows me to see what happens to young adults with learning needs after their high school education is completed. It is rewarding to watch them obtain culinary skills and know that there is employment in their future.  The positive environment, the dedicated staff, and the volunteers inspire me to provide the best possible opportunities to our students.”

Robin was a member of the JFCS special needs job coaching team for the past year, prior to assuming her new role. “Robin came to JFCS after spending her 39-year career as a special education teacher, mostly for the Mt. Laurel School District. Upon her retirement, she knew that she wanted to stay working with individuals with special needs,” said Barbara.  “Robin brings a great deal of spirit, wisdom, and experience baking to her new position and we look forward to having her in our Soups and Sweets kitchen.”

JFCS is excited to see the strides the programs will make with Kimberly and Robin as part of the team.  Stay tuned!

**We invite you to learn more about information about SAIL Program, by visiting here!

For the brand new, delicious High Holiday catering menu brought to you by the Soups and Sweets Special Needs Culinary Training Program, visit here, and place your order!

 

JFCS and JCC Present Project Rainbow End of Year LGBTQ Event – May 4

Justin Wolfe Memorial Birthday Event To Support Addiction Prevention – June 13

Please see full flyer below, and purchase your tickets for this event by going to www.justinforjustice.org.

 

Free Financial Consultations May 15

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