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Possible ABC TV series showing victim-offender encounters

Mar 09, 2011

from Michele Rosenthal's entry on Heal My PTSD:

Last week I got a very interesting call from ABC TV. They’re developing a 20/20 episode or a series based on the subject of restorative justice. I had a long chat with Andrew Sullivan about his expectations for the piece and what they hope to achieve with it. He mentioned that they are actively seeking survivors who would be right for the series; I offered to help him reach out.

....After our conversation Andrew summarized the idea in an email to me. I’m sharing it with you in case any of you would like to follow up with him.

ABC News is in the early stages of producing a series built around the journeys of people who have survived personal trauma. In each hour-long episode, we’re hoping to profile a person who has decided to meet someone from their past who has either directly or indirectly inflicted trauma upon them. We hope to follow a professional as he or she meets both with the survivor and the person they plan on meeting. When both people are ready, we then hope to ultimately film a dialogue between these two parties.

....If there is anyone who follows your site who is interested in getting involved in this project, and who feels there may be a chance that the person who has inflicted trauma would be willing to be involved, please encourage them to send me an email with their story at We would then take the follow-up steps to contact the person whom they wish to meet. While it is more difficult to facilitate a dialogue when the other party is incarcerated, it is not an impossibility, and those people should not feel discouraged from emailing me.

Read the whole entry.

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Agnes Furey
Agnes Furey says:
Apr 01, 2011 05:29 PM

I have been corresponding with the man who killed my daughter and grandson for six years and have been unable to get permission to visit him.

lisa rea
lisa rea says:
Apr 04, 2011 08:57 PM

This comment is for Agnes who posted that she has been denied access to the offender who killed her daughter. I am so sorry to hear this but it is not unusual. Where are you based, Agnes? <br /> <br />You may contact me (if you get this) regarding this issue. I am a strong advocate for allowing victims the right to meet their offenders if they so desire. I believe this is indeed a right that should not be ignored. <br />Others in the restorative justice movement are looking at this issue and pushing forward to work for your right to have access to the offender in your case which includes allowing access to visitation (i.e. victim offender dialogue). <br /> <br />Lisa Rea <br />Rea Consulting <br />Victims-Driven Restorative Justice <br />U.S. <br /><a href="&#0109;ailto&#0058;lrea&#0064;">lrea&#0064;</a> <br />

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