The non-profit organization offers peer support groups to men and women who suffered sexual trauma, as well as groups for people who offend sexually.
“To not address both sides of a social problem means it won’t end,” said Iliana Pressman, service co-ordinator.
The organization began its first victim support group in the mid-70s with the founding of the organization, based on the principles of restorative justice, which addresses conflict and crime by engaging people causing the harm and affected by it, with the community.
By the early ‘80s, they added the first male survivor group, and then one for sexual offenders.
Now every year Community Justice Initiatives supports about 70 people who have committed sexual offences, about double the number of survivors.