The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Sexual Abuse: Hope through Trauma

Book, 2015, 105 pp
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This book considers the use of restorative justice in response to sexual abuse. Rather than a blueprint or a specific set of programs, it is more about mapping possibilities. Criminal justice approaches tend to sideline and retraumatize victims and punish offenders to the detriment of accountability. Alternatively, restorative justice centres on healing for victims while holding offenders meaningfully accountable. Criminal justice responses tend to individualize the problem and catch marginalized communities, such as ethnic minorities, within its net. Restorative justice recognizes that sexual abuse is a form of gender-based violence.

Community-based practices are needed, sometimes in conjunction with, and sometimes to counteract, traditional criminal justice responses. This book describes impacts of sexual abuse and explanations for sexual offending, demonstrating how restorative justice can create hope through trauma.

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