Dr. Alissa Ackerman-Acklin is a sex crimes policy researcher at California State University, Fullerton. As a survivor of sexual violence herself, Alissa uses her personal experience and her professional expertise to bridge connections between individuals who have experienced sexual victimization and individuals who have perpetrated it.
In this episode, Dr. Ackerman:
- Explains the concept of restorative justice (RJ), a framework that brings together people who have caused harm with people who have been harmed.
- Talks about the use of RJ worldwide to address societal harms (e.g., apartheid in South Africa), its recent introduction in the U.S. as an alternative to incarceration for low-level crimes, and her proposed framework for its use in cases of sexual abuse.
- Describes vicarious restorative justice (VRJ), a practice that allows individuals who have experienced sexual harm to sit face to face with individuals who have perpetrated it.
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You can also listen to Dr. Alissa-Acklin in Safer Society Press Podcast 12 & 13:
SSP12 (Part 1 of 2): Panel Discussion of the #MeToo Movement