Source: (2008) Thomas Jefferson Law Review. 30:391-406.

This Article focuses on the sentencing phase in child sexual abuse cases, and, in particular, evaluates the practice of receiving information in the form of a victim impact statement. It then highlights South African courts’ recent reactions to victim impact statements. This Article concludes that a court open to therapeutic jurisprudence principles, such as embracing an ethic of care, can play a vital role in addressing victims’ harm. (excerpt)