Best Practices to Deliver Restorative Justice in the Case of Sexualized Violence
We believe that victims of sexual assault of all ages should have the same rights as other victims of crime. They have a right to have diversion to a restorative justice program to deal with the sexualized harm they have experienced. The voice of the victim is seriously lacking in the traditional justice system and the experiences victims (mostly women) have expressed about feelings of powerlessness and alienation from the process are predominant.
Join our panelists as they explore and discuss a collaborative, measured, safe and specialized restorative justice response to sexualized harm, with appropriately trained volunteers and paid facilitators, on a local and national level. This panel discussion will explore the success and challenges, supports and services, training, screening tools and best practices that need to be in place to deliver restorative justice in cases of sexualized violence to deliver the best outcomes.
A restorative justice response to sexualized harm continues to be a controversial proposition amongst many justice partners and victim service providers. Accordingly, we hope to engage the community in collaboratively contributing to the dialogue to better understand how we can best serve victims of sexualized violence with restorative justice services.