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Moral Repair With Offenders: Ethical Issues Arising From Victimization Experiences.

Ward, Tony
June 4, 2015

Source: (2008) Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment. 20(3):305-322.

In this article, the authors examine the relevance of the concept of moral repair for sex
offenders who have been victims of sexual or physical abuse. First, they briefly review
the literature on victimization rates and effects in sexual offenders. Second, the notion
of moral repair and its constituent tasks is examined with particular emphasis given to
Margaret Walker’s recent analysis of the concept. Third, the concept of moral repair is
applied to offenders and its implications and possible constraints discussed. Fourth, the
authors outline a normative framework for addressing victimization issues with sexual
offenders, drawing on the resources of human rights theory and strength-based treatment
approaches. Finally, they conclude with a brief consideration of the ethical and
clinical implications of their normative model. (author’s abstract)


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