Discussion 2 Victim Activism
During the twenty-first century, there have been significant advancements in victim activism. Complete an internet search and identify a specific example of victim activism, one that is not reviewed in the Crime Victims text. Identify why this specific act of victim activism is important. In addition, the readings defined restorative justice and provided a brief history of this concept. Restorative justice is considered a peacemaking process that has been an important concept within the victims’ rights movement. Such programs are based on empowerment, offender accountability, notification, direct involvement in the decision process, and receiving restitution. From a victim’s viewpoint, outline some of the potential benefits of participating in a victim-offender reconciliation program. Summarize the obstacles that a victim may face when participating in these types of programs. Outline how these programs may benefit the offender and how they might benefit society as a whole. Posts should be at least 300 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7.