Source: (2000) Paper for Conference on ‘Human rights and education: global and regional problems and perspectives’, Khanti-Mansiysk, Russia, , 21-24 August 2000.

If we were able to take a new sheet of paper and design a new system for dealing with crime, knowing what we do now, what would it look like? We might well start by recognizing the needs of victims. We (that is, the rest of the community), would want to support them, restore them emotionally and materially as far as possible. This would apply to all victims if they needed it – and we have to remember that the harm suffered by victims varies greatly from very slight to devastating. (excerpt)

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