Restorative Responses to Sexual Assault on College Campuses

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Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

2016

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When: 17 February 2016 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Guest: David R. Karp and Kaaren M. Williamsen

Host: Howard Zehr

A national social movement is well-underway to address campus sexual and gender-based misconduct. This has raised awareness; fostered policy and procedural changes; increased training, case management, and data collection; and increase reporting and adjudication. However, this movement has often promoted adversarial and retributive responses that may lead to prolonged trauma for victims, adverse educational outcomes for both parties, and a contested campus climate that reduces reporting and trust in administrators. Restorative Justice may provide a way to ensure accountability and positive outcomes for all stakeholders. Circle practices can be used for community-building, meaningful dialogues about sexual harm, rewriting cultural narratives about rape and hegemonic masculinity, and developing commitment to prosocial behavior along the stages-of-change continuum. RJ models for adjudication, such as RESTORE (Koss 2013), may provide more healing/educational outcomes than adversarial approaches. Circles of Support and Accountability (CoSA) are a RJ-practice used for high-risk sex offenders returning to the community for prison (Wilson and McWinnie 2010). This model may be adapted for campuses and could provide community reassurance and better outcomes for key stakeholders.

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