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‘I felt lighter’: Restorative Justice gives sex crime survivors a different way forward

“It’s about who has been harmed and how can we respond to that in a way that recognises their experience and is beneficial to them.”

CIJ's Open Circle Restorative Justice Manager/Convener, Nareeda Lewers

Rachael Dexter, Simone Fox Koob and Tammy Mills, 29 August 2021, The Age

Like thousands of sexual assault victim-survivors in Australia every year, 22-year-old Hannah* had little chance of seeing her perpetrator charged, much less put behind bars.

After her relationship of 2½ years ended, Hannah realised her ex-boyfriend had filmed the couple having sex without her consent.She felt violated and traumatised, and to this day doesn’t know where else the video ended up.

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