View page for this webinar here: https://onestandardofjustice.org/webinar-a-different-approach-to-sex-crimes/
We need to have a different conversation about sexual violence and healing. This presentation will do that, going places some have never gone before. We make progress when we have difficult conversations. When it comes to sexual violence, it is important to address misconceptions that lead to stigmatization and negative stereotyping of those who commit the harm and those who are harmed.
View page for this webinar here: https://onestandardofjustice.org/webinar-restorative-justice-program-for-youth-and-adults/
Seema Gajwani will speak about the use of Restorative Justice in Washington DC to address serious, violent crime and bring about better outcomes for victims of crime and those who commit crime. Ms. Gajwani founded and runs the Restorative Justice Program housed within the Washington DC’s Office of the Attorney General. The program offers restorative justice as an alternative to traditional prosecution for victims of serious violent crime committed by juveniles in DC. The Program has had success at resolving cases in lieu of traditional prosecution and is expanding to adult crime and cases in a post adjudication status in the coming year. Ms. Gajwani will describe the details of restorative justice and how its use has been effective with serious crime in Washington, DC.
The Hard Truths of Progressive Prosecution and a Path to Realizing the Movement's Promise (January 2020 - Restorative Justice: Changing the Lens)
Bonus Q&A - Seema Gajwani answers questions that were not addressed from the webinar
Produced by Friends of Restorative Justice - Washtenaw County, MI
Produced by MettaCenter and also available through NACRJ.
Produced by Brave New Films (BNF) and narrated by Danielle Sered
View page for this webinar here: https://onestandardofjustice.org/webinar-a-personal-journey-to-find-meaningful-justice-for-sexual-harm/
Marlee identified as the receiver of harm from sexual violence. She chose restorative justice after finding the criminal legal system wanting. The criminal legal system asks what law has been broken, who broke it and what is the punishment. RJ asks what harm was done, who was harmed and how do we repair it. Let’s find out how Marlee thinks about healing, forgiveness, trauma, shame, stigma, and wellness.
What I didn't know about RJ two years ago is that it is victim-centered.
- Dr. Danielle Cooper, University of New Haven
I wanted to humanize myself to my assailant. I wanted to humanize my assailant to me.
The same way survivors need healing, perpetrators need accountability [and incarceration is not accountability]. (Paraphrased from Danielle Sered's Until We Reckon)
My life is way too precious to think of myself as damaged.
- Marlee Liss
Restorative justice is a rigorous process.
Crime Survivors Speak
This is the first-ever national survey of victims views on crime and safety. Attached, is a two page executive summary and key findings.
Two of the most interesting outcomes of the study were: (1) By a 2 to 1 margin, victims prefer that the criminal justice system focus more on rehabilitating people who commit crimes than punishing them. (2) Crime victims want to invest in youth crime prevention over prisons by a 7 to 1 margin.
A different path for confronting sexual assault
What is restorative justice? A practitioner explains how it works.
Forgiveness Helps Heal, Yes; But Even After Murder?
Health News Florida by Carol Gentry
Sex Offender Laws: Failed Politics, New Directions
By Richard G. Wright
Chapter 16: The Impact of Sex Offender Policies on Victims
By Rachel Kane Bandy
There's A Better Way To Get Justice For Sexual Assault Survivors
By Alanna Vagianos
"The criminal justice system is a pipeline, and it has leaks all along the way,” Dr. Mary Koss told HuffPost.
Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair
By Danielle Sered
Cosby decision proves that legal system can’t deliver justice to sexual assault survivors | Opinion
View page for this webinar here: https://onestandardofjustice.org/experience-from-practicing-restorative-justice-for-sexual-harm/
Presenters cover different aspects of sexual misconduct, including the impact of sexual assault, the needs of the person harmed, the design and results of using restorative justice resolution in prosecutor-referred cases of felony and misdemeanor sexual assault, and pertinent legal considerations. This presentation is directly relevant to legislators, the legal community, advocates for both people who were harmed and people who did the harm, professionals in sexual assault coalitions, schools, universities, forensic examiners and other healthcare professionals, and community partners. Less adversarial approaches as a response to sexual misconduct can enhance equity among parties and offer constructive community-based resolution.
"What we think we know about recidivism we probably don’t know… Many of the people are speaking without real facts."
- Senator Winfield
All people are different.
The restore program was successful in bringing survivor victims resolution… and as reflected in the t-shirt’s message is forward thinking: survivor victims do move on. The band-aid is symbolic of a small scar being left behind.
Koss (2014) The RESTORE Program of Restorative Justice for Sex Crimes: Vision, Process, and Outcomes
There's a Better Way to Get Justice for Sexual Assault Survivors
by Allana Vagianos
The criminal justice system is a pipeline, and it has leaks all along the way
- Dr. Mary Koss
How 'Emancipatory Sex-Ed' Can Help Prevent Rape
By Sarah Treleaven
It doesn't fix the underlying problem of rape culture, but a made-in-Canada program is getting good results when it comes to reducing gender-based violence.
The Gender Policy Report: Restorative Justice for Sexual Misconduct: Not if but When
Interested in RJ for campus sexual misconduct? Join our Campus PRISM Community of Practice:
C. Quince Hopkins
C. Quince Hopkins, JD, LLM, JSD "The Devil is in the Details: Constitutional and Other Legal Challenges Facing Restorative Justice Responses to Sexual Assault Cases," 50 (3) CRIMINAL LAW BULLETIN 1 (2014)
For anyone interested in our work in the Levitas Initiative at the University of Maryland School of Law and the School of Social Work, see: