RSOL Conference 2013 – Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower: Restorative Justice and Sexual Offenders

Keynote Speaker Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower speaks on “Restorative Justice and Sexual Offenders” during the RSOL Conference in Los Angeles last August. More RSOL Conference Workshop / Presentation Videos

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This is a very effective tool for reconciliation. Some years ago I served on the local board of directors for Fresno Pacific’s Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) and saw many victims and offenders work together to reach a fair and equitable resolution. The local courts were involved as well, the police chief signed onto the program because it worked. I’m not sure how it’s work with sex offenders though.
What I do know, is that no matter how much community service a RSO does, no matter how many poor,or widows are served, no matter how much money a RSO donates, the public perception is that we’re a dangerous monster that is best caged and taken away from society. I have paid my debt to society 100 times and continue to do so. If, at any time my clients find that I’m a RSO, then I’m completely out of work. I think that solutions do not equal votes or reelection.