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Restorative Justice for Sexual Misconduct in the Military Roundtable

  • 1416 Longworth House Office Building (map)

Representatives Seth Moulton and Jackie Speier invite you to a roundtable discussion with David Karp, Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College, to share his work with using restorative justice for sexual misconduct on November 8th at 3:30, 1416 Longworth.

As reported in the 2016-2017 Military Investigation and Justice Experience Survey, 62% of victim-survivors are not satisfied with the outcome of their cases when official action has been taken and 41% have experienced some kind of retaliation. These statistics highlight a gap in the military’s sexual assault and sexual harassment programs and a need to address this problem of not helping victim-survivors and other members in a unit heal after sexual misconduct has occurred.

College campuses are using models of restorative justice to address similar struggles with the aftermath of an incident. In situations where both parties consent to a restorative justice process, if the offender admits to fault and is not an ongoing threat, restorative justice is a trauma-informed approach that can meet the needs of the victim-survivor, the offender, and the community. Restorative justice is a non-adversarial process that can take on many different models to allow a victim-survivor to express how they are impacted, allow an offender to take responsibility and be reintegrated, and allow the community to feel safe.

David Karp is one of the leading developers and practitioners of restorative justice for sexual misconduct on college campuses. He will present his work and we will discuss applying restorative justice in the military setting.

Check out these TEDTalk videos to get an idea of how this process works:

Our Story of Rape and Reconciliation, Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyPoqFcvt9w

The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice, Daniel Reisel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzJYY2p0QIc&t=6s

Restorative justice is an opportunity for the Department of Defense to better address the harm done to victims and to the unit as a whole. It is opening up a conversation to change culture. Please join us to learn more from one of the leading experts in the field! The event will take place on November 8, 2018, at 3:30 PM in Longworth 1416. To RSVP please contact Shannon Feitz (shannon.feitz@mail.house.gov) in Rep. Moulton’s office.