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Restorative Justice for Sex Crimes Outside the Context of Intimate Partner Violence.

Koss, Mary
June 4, 2015

Source: (-0001) Unpublished Manuscript. Tuscon Arisona: RESTORE programme. Univeristy of Arizona.

Many people have questions or are confused about what restorative justice is and
whether it does justice to victims. This article attempts to clarify these issues. It focuses
on sex crimes outside the context of longstanding relationships. Thus, marital rape is
explicitly excluded. Admittedly this is an arbitrary distinction that oversimplifies
women’s real experiences, yet it is consistent with how sexual assault and domestic
violence are addressed within state criminal statutes. Five topics are considered. First,
victims’ survival needs and moral justice needs are described and the large group of
community providers and policy makers who already participate in “restoring” victims is
identified. Second, contemporary obstacles experienced by sex crime victims’ in their
quest for justice are highlighted using data from national surveys and criminal justice
system performance data. Third, retention of sex crime accountability within the
conventional justice is defended contingent on extensions in the menu of services to
better meet victims’ identified needs. Fourth, a demonstration program is described that
implements a justice-system based restorative conferencing model for selected sex
crimes. The article concludes by noting the barriers faced by those dedicated to
expanding justice choices for sex crime victims and suggesting an action strategy. (excerpt)


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