During this Jewish High Holiday period and after much work, we’re delighted to launch our new organisation’s name—VoiCSA (voice against child sexual abuse) as well as our new website. Since launching Kol v’Oz in 2016, we have had great achievements in combating child sexual abuse in the global Jewish community, with very limited resources. Some of these include:
Contributing greatly to the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the significant changes emanating from the Commission’s work.
Working with the Israeli Knesset’s Committee for the Rights of the Child in addressing current issues unique to Israel and the global Jewish community.
Working closely with the UK Government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse where we have been allocated Core Participant status.
Holding a Global Summit & Symposium in New York, attended by over 50 representatives of 17 victim support and advocacy organisations.
Progressing and highlighting the notorious Malka Leifer case in Israel and beyond - on this note, we're delighted with this week's District Court decision to extradite Leifer to Australia.
Visiting and working with many communities around the world, including in places where the issue of child sexual abuse has never been openly discussed or addressed.
Raising awareness and shaping the way the global Jewish community combats child sexual abuse.
Building off these significant achievements, we are now determined to enter into our next phase for the organisation and maximise our potential on a global scale. To this end, we have broadened our vision to shape the global Jewish community in combatting child sexual abuse and to ultimately change the culture in our community.
We believe the most effective and efficient approach to having a broader global impact is by focusing our efforts in advocacy and awareness at a high level: influencing decision-makers, legislators and leaders (and the broader public), as well as supporting local child protection organisations in their respective communities through victim/survivor support, advocacy and education.
We are now calling on you to assist us in our critical work by donating to VoiCSA. In the years since our founding, no one has received a salary (which is unsustainable), and we have undertaken our work professionally, passionately and successfully, on a very meagre budget. We require high-level professionals in the field of legal affairs, advocacy and education, as well as administration staff, who can lead us to successfully achieve our multi-year goals. So, please support us within your means – thanks so much in advance!
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May we all be blessed with a happy, sweet and healthy new year!
Chief Executive Officer