Source: (-0001) M2/W2 Restorative Christian Ministries.

Many have witnessed the hostility of the community to people like Bobby Oatway and other sex offenders. How does the dialogue happen that moves beyond such scapegoating violence to address the real needs in the situation, the concerns of the community for safety and the need for the offender to move on with his life in a responsible and accountable way? Our experience in Circles has been that when we engage the offender and the community in this kind of dialogue that we can get to a different place. It is possible that in embracing rather than excluding sex offenders, or the strangers that we see them as, we embrace a part of ourselves.19 In a paradoxical way perhaps the sex offender has something to teach us about ourselves, our own sexuality, our understanding of community. (excerpt)

Read Full Article