Restorative Justice for Acquaintance Rape and Misdemeanor Sex Crimes

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Abstract

Problems in the criminal justice system response to date-acquaintance rape and misdemeanor sex crimes include (a) they are erroneously viewed as minor (b) perpetrators are not held accountable undermining deterrence; and (c) standard criminal justice practice traumatizes victims. RESTORE, a restorative justice-based alternative to civil and criminal process has been implemented in Pima County, Arizona USA. The program is described including step-by-step review of process from referral to completion. Jurisprudence critiques of applying restorative justice to sexual assault are examined. RESTORE adapted numerous alterations of standard conferencing practice to respond to concerns and create a victimdriven program. Conclusions appeal to advocates and policymakers to reenvision and enlarge the means to justice available for sex crimes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRestorative Justice and Violence Against Women
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864331
ISBN (Print)9780195335484
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

Keywords

  • Alternative justice
  • Civil justice
  • Conferencing
  • Criminal justice
  • Deterrence
  • Feminism
  • Rape
  • Restorative justice
  • Sex crimes
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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