Is restorative justice possible in cases of sexual violence?
....In early 2010 a restorative justice conference was held which involved a woman called Lucy – the name she has chosen to be known by in this research. Lucy is an adult survivor of rape and other forms of sexual abuse which took place several decades ago. The offender was a male family member who was also a young person at the time.
We investigated the experiences and expectations of four of the conference participants in order to explore the conference process, its outcomes and to understand any lessons which could be learnt from this experience for other victim-survivors. We interviewed Lucy, her Rape Crisis counsellor, the conference facilitator and the senior police officer involved in the case. The offender was invited, but declined, to participate.