- Showing 3 posts filed under: Case:Sexual [–], Policy [–] published between May 01, 2009 and May 31, 2009 [Show all]
Sexual Violence Research Initiative's restorative justice page
From the Initiative's website: Across the world, only a tiny proportion of survivors/victims of sexual violence ever see their rapist punished. There is increasing awareness that the requirements of legal proceedings are often in conflict with the needs of sexual violence survivors/victims. Experiences of the adversarial court processes post-sexual violence are often traumatic, requiring the survivor/victim to confront their assailant, to defend their case and re-live the experience.
New DVD "The Healing Circle" addresses clergy sexual abuse
From the Marquette University Law School Restorative Justice Initiative (MULS RJI). MULS RJI has released a restorative justice clergy abuse documentary called "The Healing Circle." Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and Distinguished Professor of Law Janine P. Geske narrates the film, which brings the viewer into a circle focusing on the ripple effect of harm because of the abuse scandal.
Kim Workman: My first experience with restorative justice
I have often wondered what restorative justice practitioners would have thought of the process. While much of what happened was culturally appropriate, it may well have been unacceptable in a western setting. The victim, as far as I could determine, did not seem to be traumatised by sharing her story and innermost feelings with the community - nor was she subsequently stigmatised by the villagers as a victim of incest. The penalty was quite severe, and yet at the end of the process, there was provision for reconciliation and full community restoration.