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 publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Pages206-234
Number of pages29
Volume1087
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1087
ISSN (Print)00778923
ISSN (Electronic)17496632

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Rape
Social Justice
Survivors
Health
Social Responsibility
Administrative Personnel
Mental Health

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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

Restoring rape survivors : Justice, advocacy, and a call to action. / Koss, Mary P.

Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1087 2006. p. 206-234 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1087).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Koss, MP 2006, Restoring rape survivors: Justice, advocacy, and a call to action. in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. vol. 1087, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, vol. 1087, pp. 206-234. https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1385.025
Koss MP. Restoring rape survivors: Justice, advocacy, and a call to action. In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1087. 2006. p. 206-234. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1385.025
Koss, Mary P. / Restoring rape survivors : Justice, advocacy, and a call to action. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1087 2006. pp. 206-234 (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences).
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