Source: (2004) Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. 19: 1089-1118.

Rape is a devastating physical and psychological assault on a female. Although it is prevalent, the criminal justice system in the United States is not equipped to address incidents of rape, asserts Kerry Hodak. Many incidents are not reported, and many of those that are reported are not successfully prosecuted. Incorporating mediation for rape cases into the criminal justice system offers the prospect of more victims reporting the crime and more perpetrators being brought to justice and receiving rehabilitative care. To explore this prospect, Hodak examines the current context of rape and sexual assault, restorative justice as an alternative to traditional prosecution, and court sanctioned victim-offender mediation for cases of acquaintance rape.