Author Dr. Alissa Ackerman | The Importance of Connection | TEDxCSULB

“Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman offers a new perspective on restorative justice and how it can help those who suffered from sexual assault. With her personal experience, she shares with everyone the true importance of engaging in difficult conversations to heal from intimate harm. Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman is a criminal justice professor at California State University, Fullerton, where she specializes in the study of sexual violence. For almost 15 years, Dr. Ackerman has devoted her career to better understanding how to prevent sexual misconduct of all kinds. Her research and advocacy work are nationally and internationally recognized and she writes extensively on topics related to gender-based violence and restorative justice. Her newest books include The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement: Internet Activist and Social Justice and Sex and Gender in the 2016 Election. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justice

From Alissa Ackerman, PhD, and Jill Levenson, PhD, this book has the potential to change our perspective on the best way to create healing form sexual violence. Vicarious Restorative Justice (VRJ) is a new way to join victims and perpetrators in an innovative healing process.

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