A Non-Recent Child Sexual Abuse: Restorative Justice Case Study

The victim in this non-recent child sexual abuse case is a 56-year-old woman called Lisa. Her father sexually abused her for 2 months when she was 14. After an ‘accidental’ disclosure, the victim’s father was arrested, charged, and convicted of serious sexual assault of a young person. 

Our team met up with Lisa - she said she wanted to meet her father to face him about the abuse. She hadn’t seen him for 20 years.

Detailed and extensive preparation work and risk assessment were undertaken by our team before we held the conference. Then, we had a meeting where Lisa had the opportunity to face her father and question him over the abuse, including challenging his ‘memory’ of it. 

After the meeting was over, Lisa said: “It was like taking a big black cloud from over me and putting it over him.”

She's said on numerous occasions how helpful the meeting was and has gone on to present on the positive outcome to police officers. Lisa is going to be doing a Practitioner Training course in the next 6 weeks and will volunteer as a Restorative Justice Practitioner!


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I'm so glad I am working with RJ. I don't know who would listen to me if it wasn’t for you.
A Person Harmed by Crime
RJ is very underrated and I certainly think we should be using it more.
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It was the right thing to do. Both victims told me to let go of what happened. I didn't want to hear it but they both forgave me and said I should move on. I have taken that on and thought about it and I have come to terms with what happened. You've helped me significantly. It's as though my head has been lifted of a gigantic weight.
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Thanks for your time today. I feel like you understand R so well, I really hope you can help him to learn how to be happy.
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Restorative Justice offers a unique opportunity for victims and survivors to move on from and overcome the trauma that can be left with them after experiencing crime. I am exceedingly proud of the work that the team at Restorative Solutions do in supporting our community. We should always consider the needs of victims of crime and this service exemplifies that sentiment and allows so many to put behind them what can be the worst experience of their lives.
Marc Jones, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

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