A charity support worker for Jewish victims of sexual abuse has been nominated for the first national award for independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs).
Yehudis Goldsobel, who works for the charity Migdal Emunah and who has exposed problems in the Jewish community, has been shortlisted for the LimeLight Award for Outstanding Achievement.
The advisors help victims understand the criminal justice process, explain what happens when reporting an offence to the police, and stress the importance and process of forensic DNA retrieval. Cultural sensitivities are crucial, and Yehudis is the only qualified Jewish IVSA in the UK and works across the entire religious spectrum of the Jewish community.
The award recognises excellence, dedication and commitment to supporting victims of sexual violence, and Yehudis said: “I am delighted that the value of my work with Migdal Emunah is being recognised in the wider community. It is very powerful to be now supporting individuals though the trauma associated with sexual abuse and to be guiding people through the challenges and daunting nature of the legal process.”
The awards will be announced at the National Conference for ISVAs ‘Knowledge and Network’ on Wednesday 28 September.