‘I Just Wanted Him to Hear Me’: Sexual Violence and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice

28 Pages Posted: 9 May 2012

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Clare McGlynn

Durham Law School, Durham University

Nicole Westmarland

Durham University

Nikki Godden

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

The use of restorative justice in cases of sexual violence is highly contentious. Some argue that it may trivialize violence against women, revictimize the vulnerable, and endanger the safety of victim‐survivors. On the other hand, from the perspective of victim‐survivors, it may enable us to hear their stories more holistically, offering greater control and validation, and reduce victim‐blaming. It may also provide an additional opportunity to secure some form of justice. Debate over the validity of these competing claims has largely taken place in an empirical vacuum. This article considers the results of an exploratory study of a restorative justice conference involving an adult survivor of child rape and other sexual abuse. The results, while necessarily tentative, provide good ground to consider afresh the possibilities of restorative justice in cases of sexual violence. We suggest that for those victim‐survivors who wish to pursue this option, restorative justice may offer the potential to secure some measure of justice.

Suggested Citation

McGlynn, Clare M. S. and Westmarland, Nicole and Godden, Nikki, ‘I Just Wanted Him to Hear Me’: Sexual Violence and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice (June 2012). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 39, Issue 2, pp. 213-240, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2055056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6478.2012.00579.x

Clare M. S. McGlynn (Contact Author)

Durham Law School, Durham University ( email )

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Nicole Westmarland

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

Nikki Godden

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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