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Circles for sex offenders first in the South
from the article by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan in the Herald-Sun: Durham is starting the first Circles of Safety and Accountability in the South for sex offenders getting out of prison. COSA will match recently released sex offenders in Durham with a circle of people who will meet with them weekly to hold them accountable and support them in re-entering the community. Durham County is home to about 300 convicted sex offenders.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
More meditations on restorative justice
from the entry by kario on The Writing Life: ….It wasn't until I saw my molester as a human being that I began to heal my own profound wounds. I spent years in therapy, took lots of different anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants, started yoga, and came to a better place, but the REAL freedom from pain came when I forgave him. Not in person (I don't honestly even know if he is alive today), but in my heart. That doesn't mean that I don't still feel the impact of his behavior in my life and it doesn't mean I would have the courage to meet him face-to-face if I had the opportunity, although I hope I would. It means that I acknowledge that he made a big mistake and, as a human being, he was entitled to do that. It doesn't mean that he is absolved of any wrongdoing, especially since I suspect he molested lots of other children as well, but it means that I don't feel as though I can pass judgment on him and his life. I certainly don't believe he deserves to be killed for his actions, although I did for many, many years.
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
Comment accountability
I am curious about what the circles will be holding the person accountable for. Is it their past actions,their current life, whereabouts or what? [...]
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An Outcome Evaluation of Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA)
from the study by the Minnesota Department of Corrections: ....The use of the COSA model with high-risk sex offenders began in a small Mennonite community in Canada in the early 1990s. Grounded in the tenets of the restorative justice philosophy, the COSA model attempts to help sex offenders successfully reenter the community and, thus, increase public safety, by providing them with social support as they try to meet their employment, housing, treatment, and other social needs. Each COSA consists of anywhere between four and six community volunteers, one of whom is a primary volunteer, who meet with the offender on a regular basis. The results from several evaluations of the Canadian COSA model suggest it significantly reduces sex offender recidivism....
Located in Restorative Justice Online Blog -- RJOB
RJ Article Craig, Yvonne. "The multicultural Elder Mediation Project (EMP): EMPowerment for older, disabled and mentally frail persons."
Craig’s examination of the value of mediation for elderly people consists of three parts. In the first part she describes the social context of conflicts that can affect older, disabled and mentally frail people. With this in mind, in the second part she discusses the development of a particular project, the Elder Mediation Project. This is a self-help group providing mediation services for an elderly constituency. It grew out of the situations and interests of staff involved in Mediation UK, a national voluntary organization. In the third part Craig highlights certain cases as examples of mediation of issues affecting elderly people.
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Rape victim 're-victimised' by system
from the article by Joelle Dally for The Press: It took Helena Watson more than three decades to speak out about her father's sexual abuse. Now the Christchurch woman says she has been revictimised by restorative justice.
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Abuse forum must have 'emphasis on restorative justice' say MSPs
from the article on STV News: A plan to offer child abuse victims a forum to relive their experiences must be accompanied by an emphasis on achieving justice for survivors, a committee of MSPs has concluded. The Scottish Government wants to establish a National Confidential Forum (NCF) to "provide an opportunity for adults who were placed in institutional care as children to recount their experiences in a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive setting".
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RJ Article Julich, Shirley. Views of Justice Among Survivors of Historical Child Sexual Abuse. Implications for Restorative Justice in New Zealand.
Restorative justice for adults in New Zealand has made a cautious start, although crimes of gendered violence are typically excluded. The findings reported in this article draw on interviews of adult survivors of child sexual abuse (eighteen women and three men), asking them to describe their experiences with the abuse and its impact, and to suggest changes to the criminal justice system, which would provide them with a sense of justice. Although the survivors spoke of justice in ways that reflected the goals of restorative justice, they were reluctant to endorse restorative justice as a paradigm within which they would pursue justice. (author's abstract)
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RJ Article McAlinden, Ann-Marie. Are there limits to restorative justice? The case of child sexual abuse
This essay hopes to show that, in carefully managed contexts, the restorative paradigm could be extended beyond the traditional and generally accepted domain of less serious forms of offending. In effect, contrary to the major arguments put forward by the critics, it is contended that restorative justice may represent a wider and more holistic response to child sexual abuse. In the main, it will be argued that unlike traditional retributive measures which make up the current criminal justice response to sexual offences, the theory and practice of restorative justice may offer a more meaningful, progressive and ultimately more effective response to the problem. It will further argue that those affected by child sexual abuse could gain significant benefits from the widespread adoption of such an approach. To put these arguments in perspective, it is necessary to begin by providing an outline of the broad principles of restorative justice as well as some examples of restorative practice with sex offenders. (excerpt)
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RJ Article Spies, G. M.. Restorative Justice: A Way to Support the Healing Process of a Child Exposed to Incest.
This article highlights the value of restorative justice in minimizing the effects of child sexual abuse and how to apply it to respect the specific needs of the survivor of sexual abuse. As sexual abuse affects the child on a short, as well as on a long term basis, professionals need to explore any possible means to minimize these effects. This article discusses the value of restorative justice in supporting the healing process of a child exposed to incest. Restorative justice has been defined as a philosophy and an approach to deal with the effects of crime, viewing crime as a violation of people and relationships. The purpose of restorative justice is to heal those relationships by identifying the needs, responsibilities and obligations with the victim and the offender, together, along with the State and community. After taking into account the effects of incest on the lives of survivors, the question asked is how restorative justice as an approach during the legal process can contribute to the healing of the survivor. Through the use of restorative justice, the following needs of the victim can be addressed: regaining self power and self acceptance, letting go of guilt feelings, establishing their innocence as children, regaining the right to make decisions, regaining trust in others, and establishing personal boundaries. Time does not cure the effects of sexual abuse on children but rather the way their healing process was facilitated. More research needs to be conducted regarding restorative justice as an approach to cases of sexual abuse. (Abstract courtesy of the National Criminal Justice Reference Service,
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