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Sunday, November 21 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Advocacy Against Child Sexual Abuse

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Content warning: sexual abuse; child abuse.

As an adolescent, Manny Waks was sexually abused at the religious school he attended.
In 2011 Manny went public about his experiences and attempted to hold his abusers, and the institutions that had covered up and enabled their abuse, accountable for their crimes. In this presentation, Manny will share his personal story of abuse, and his fights through the legal system and the powerful code of stigma and silence in Australia's Orthodox community, to pursue justice.

Manny is the founder of VOICSA: Voice Against Child Sexual Abuse (https://www.voicsa.org) and will describe the important work and advocacy that his organization performs around the world, and discuss the ongoing struggles and opposition encountered as a victim advocate across Jewish communities.

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Manny Waks

Manny is an advocate and public speaker, currently working on global consultancy projects addressing the issue of child sexual abuse. Manny is a sought-after speaker and consultant who has presented internationally in various settings on a number of topics such as his personal and... Read More →

Sunday November 21, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EST