Source: (1998) Paper presented at “Changing families, challenging futures”, 6th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, 25-27 November. Downloaded 14 February 2005.
The thesis of this paper is that victim-offender mediation should be included in the criminal process, in intra-familial CSA cases prosecuted when the victim is a child and the offender is an adult. Victim-offender mediation, in this unique kind of case, can address deficiencies in the current system. It can provide a simple mechanism for victims to describe the abuse experience and its ramifications to the offender. It can enable victims and offenders to accept that the abuse was not the victimâ€™s fault and for offenders to acknowledge responsibility for the abuse. This acknowledgement can open the door to the offenderâ€™s general re-integration into society and may also reduce recidivism. Mediation may also pave the way for reconciliation between victim and offender. (excerpt)
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