Restorative justice for sexual violence: Repairing victims, building community, and holding offenders accountable

Mary P. Koss, Karen J. Bachar, C. Quince Hopkins

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Abstract

Problems in criminal justice system response to date and acquaintance rape, and the nonpenetration sexual offenses are identified: (1) these crimes are often markers of a career of sexual offense, yet they are widely viewed as minor; (2) perpetrators of these crimes are now held accountable in ways that reduce their future threat of sex offending; and (3) current criminal justice response to these crimes disappoints and traumatizes victims and families. In response to these identified problems, we are implementing and evaluating RESTORE, an innovative victim-driven, community-based restorative justice program. Restorative justice views crime as harm for which the person responsible must be held accountable in meaningful ways. RESTORE uses a community conference to involve the victim, offender, and both parties' family and friends in a face-to-face dialogue directed at identifying the harm, and developing a plan for repair, rehabilitation, and reintegration into the community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)384-396
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume989
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community conferencing
  • RESTORE
  • Restorative justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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