Restorative Justice and Child Sex Offences: The Theory and the Practice

British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 48, pp. 359-378, 2008

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-43

20 Pages Posted: 4 May 2009  

Annie Cossins

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: July 5, 2008

Abstract

Restorative justice advocates have made a number of claims about the effectiveness of restorative justice in relation to sexual assault crimes, such as its ability to defuse power relations between the parties and heal the harm. This article examines whether or not restorative justice is one of the ways forward in the difficult area of prosecuting child sex offences by re-analysing some of the data reported in Daly (2006) and comparing restorative justice with other reforms to the sexual assault trial. It concludes that there is insufficient evidence to support the view that there are inherent benefits in the restorative justice process that provide victims of sexual assault with a superior form of justice.

Keywords: Criminal Law and Procedure, restorative justice, sexual assault crimes

Suggested Citation

Cossins, Annie, Restorative Justice and Child Sex Offences: The Theory and the Practice (July 5, 2008). British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 48, pp. 359-378, 2008; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2008-43. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1398603

Annie Cossins (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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