Restoring rape survivors: Justice, advocacy, and a call to action

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Abstract

Rape results in mental and physical health, social, and legal consequences. For the latter, restorative justice-based programs might augment community response, but they generate controversy among advocates and policy makers. This article identifies survivors' needs and existing community responses to them. Survivors feel their legal needs are most poorly met due to justice system problems that can be summarized as attrition, retraumatization, and disparate treatment across gender, class, and ethnic lines. Empirical data support each problem and the conclusion that present justice options are inadequate. The article concludes by identifying common ground in advocacy and restorative justice goals and calls for a holistic approach to the needs of rape survivors that includes advocating for expanded justice alternatives. A call to action is issued to implement restorative alternatives to expand survivor choice and offender accountability. Conventional and restorative justice are often viewed as mutually exclusive whereas the author argues they are complementary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationViolence and Exploitation against Women and Girls
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Inc.
Pages206-234
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)1573316679, 9781573316675
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1087
ISSN (Print)0077-8923
ISSN (Electronic)1749-6632

Keywords

  • Acquaintance rape
  • Date rape
  • Restorative justice
  • Sexual assault

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Koss, M. P. (2006). Restoring rape survivors: Justice, advocacy, and a call to action. In Violence and Exploitation against Women and Girls (pp. 206-234). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1087). Blackwell Publishing Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1385.025