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Say no to restorative justice for sex offenders (Opinion)

The debate around the Senate’s possible confirmation of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, should kick start a national discussion on how colleges and universities handle sexual assault.

Recently, much of that conversation has revolved around “restorative justice,” programs that aim to respond to misconduct or crime by redressing the harm inflicted on victims and the community, rather than simply punishing offenders.

As a victim of childhood sexual abuse myself and an attorney who now represents sexual assault survivors every day, I can say without doubt that restorative justice is not only horribly insufficient for handling sexual abuse but, in many cases, actually serves to leave an offender free to offend again. Full Article

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  1. kat

    This is a terrible article.
    It inaccurately portrays sex offenders, lumps them all together as psychopaths with no ability for empathy or remorse.
    Perhaps due to the author’s past history of childhood abuse, their views regarding offenders are a bit skewed.

    Not all offenders are the same, just like not all attorneys are the same!

  2. mike r iscensored

    there they go again relying on unreported sexual abuse or selective higher risk offenders from self interested entities that have a major interest in keeping up the status qou. to claim exponentially higher recidivism rates then is the actual empirical data rates..this is exactly what we have to be ready to refute

  3. Harry

    I wonder why this site would reprint such articles? I am beginning to avoid this site because of overwhelming negative news. I would like to rid my diet of bad news.

  4. Anonymous

    This individual’s experience automatically disqualifies them from giving an impartial opinion on the subject. I will not give a moments attention to this obviously one-sided argument beyond the summary from this site.

  5. ab

    Okay I will say no to restorative justice and retributive justice for all offenders because unlike most I actually believe a majority of offenses are preventable. Why would society wish for legal remedies time after time instead of reducing the necessity for such resolutions in the first place? Point to anyone who suffered at the hands of another or who acted in a socially and legally unacceptable manner and I will say it would have been possible to prevent whatever happened from happening way before it did. Don’t make the mistake of indicating enough information has not been gathered to map out the how, when, why, where, and who leading into any offense. I’m not talking about an hour prior or a week, but much earlier to a point where the formation of potential risk hasn’t yet developed. Make law enforcement and everything connected to the justice system as unnecessary and obsolete as humanly possible. Then who knows what the additional available minds might help do or discover.

  6. Tired Of Hiding

    Since facts really can simply be made up by governmental officials and agencies I think it is only fair that I can do the same.

    I say that it is a “fact” that politicians are self absorbed sociopaths with savior complexes and I would estimate that figure at 95% of all politicians.

    Of course, that figure goes up to nearly 99% when talking about anyone connected with the DOJ.

    There you go. Sorry but the facts don’t lie. Why? Because I just made them up out of thin air which seems to be exactly the way that politicians do. Fair is fair.

  7. T

    This should be a human rights issue, because registrants are facing malicious scrutiny by our corrupted government system that’s denying them the right to live right and where they want to live, find work so they can pay bills, put food on table and roof on their heads, take care of families, and even travel for business or vacation, and registrants are required by law to have targets painted on their backs so they be identified as a “predator” so they be targeted. Vigilantes that utilize the notifications to track and engage violence against registrants knowing that what they are doing is a crime are no less evil than a registrant who was accused of a crime he has committed.

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