The men spoke of how the adversarial nature of criminal investigations and trials placed them on the defensive; any attempt to right their wrongs curbed by a system that requires them to remain silent or else punished for their honesty and co-operation.

Critically, they offered insights into what led them to offend.

Their testimony is difficult to absorb, but the voice of offenders must be heard if we are to root out sexual violence.

For society to come to terms with sexual violence, most of it perpetrated by someone known to the victim, we have to have a better understanding of what motivates those who commit such crimes.

That is why the proposal to offer restorative justice schemes to victims of sexual violence, where they are open to it, has a lot to offer...

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