The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Sexual Abuse
Hope through Trauma
Judah Oudshoorn, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Michelle Jackett
- 112 Pages
- October 27, 2015
- ISBN: 9781680990553
- Trim Size: 5.5in x 8.5in
Here is a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at the impact of sexual abuse demonstrating how restorative justice can create hope through trauma.
Restorative justice is gaining acceptance for addressing harm and crime. Interventions have been developed for a wide range of wrongdoing. This book considers the use of restorative justice in response to sexual abuse. Rather than a blueprint or detailing a specific set of programs, it is more about mapping possibilities. It allows people to carefully consider its use in responding to violent crimes such as sexual abuse.
Criminal justice approaches tend to sideline and re-traumatize victims, and punish offenders to the detriment of accountability. Alternatively, restorative justice centers on healing for victims, while holding offenders meaningfully accountable. Criminal justice responses tend to individualize the problem, and catch marginalized communities, such as ethnic minorities, within its net. Restorative justice recognizes that sexual abuse is a form of gender-based violence. The table of contents includes:
- Understanding Sexual Abuse
- Restorative Justice
- Victims: A Case Study
- Offenders: A Case Study
- Limits and Possibilities
- And much more!
Community-based practices are needed, sometimes in conjunction with, and sometimes to counteract, traditional criminal justice responses.
Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz is Director of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Office on Crime and Justice. She has co-authored the Victim Offender Conferencing in PA’s Juvenile Justice System curriculum, a manual focusing on the application of VOM/C within Pennsylvania. She lives in Lancaster, PA.
Michelle Jackett received her BA from University of Waterloo and her MA from Eastern Mennonite University. She is a sessional instructor at University of Waterloo. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.