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Who are you? Karen Lang

May 11, 2012

from Alicia Hanson's article on

"Imagine you are shopping at Garden City - you are trying to find an appropriate jumper for your daughter. It has to have a high neck. Something that will compliment her blonde hair and fair skin. You know she would want to look her best. Finally you find a soft mauve high neck jumper, you know it will look beautiful on her. You clutch your purchase and contain yourself till you reach your car - where you break into sobs. The jumper is for your daughter to wear in the casket - there will be a viewing and the high neck is to cover her wounds. You will never shop at Garden City again without thinking of her. Imagine." - Karen Lang

This was the reality facing Karen Lang in the September of 1998. Her fifteen year old daughter Jessica had been murdered, stabbed 47 times by a jealous love rival in the kitchen of the family home.

Karen talks to Geoff Hutchison about the tragedy that shattered her world and the fourteen year journey that has led her to become a passionate campaigner for Restorative Justice.

Her need to move forward and let some of the pain go saw her get involved with the Sycamore Tree Project - a program which bring victims of serious crimes together with prisoners in a bid to help both sides deal with the impact of crime.

Read the article and listen to the interview.

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