External Event: Responding to Sexual Violence: Is there a Role for Restorative Justice?


Despite important changes over recent years to our laws and policies regarding sexual violence, justice for survivors remains elusive. Attrition rates through criminal justice processes remain high, conviction rates low, and many survivors experience the legal system as alienating and often abusive. These injustices have prompted debate over possible alternatives to the conventional criminal justice system, including restorative justice. Drawing on the experiences of ‘Lucy’, a survivor of child rape and other forms of sexual abuse who participated in a restorative justice conference, Prof McGlynn will consider the possibilities and potential pitfalls of using restorative approaches in cases of sexual violence.

Clare McGlynn - Professor of Law at Durham University with particular expertise in the legal regulation of pornography, image-based sexual abuse (including ‘revenge porn’) and sexual violence. Sandy Brindley - National Coordinator at Rape Crisis Scotland Dr Marie Keenan (University College Dublin) - Systemic and forensic psychotherapist. She specialises in public policy and therapeutic responses to crime. Dr Sarah Armstrong - Senior Research Fellow at the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.