Dr Alissa Ackerman
Despite evidence that restorative justice practices can provide
accountability for individuals who have engaged in acts of sexual victimization
and can promote healing for individuals who have experienced it, critics argue
that the field has no place for such practices. This seminar will examine how a
vicarious restorative justice framework has been utilized with individuals who
are currently in treatment after committing sexual offenses. The talk will
include Dr. Ackerman's firsthand account of participating in vicarious restorative
justice sessions as facilitator and survivor. She will discuss reflections of
her own experience, as well as those of other participants.
Alissa R. Ackerman is a professor of criminal justice at California State University, Fullerton. As a "survivor scholar", she integrates her personal experience with sexual violence with her professional expertise as a sex crimes researcher. Alissa is a survivor advocate and activist who strives to create safe spaces for people who have been impacted by sexual violence to speak out. Alissa has delivered presentations, keynotes, and other talks in both national and international settings. She has met with over 350 men who have committed sexual offenses as part of a vicarious restorative justice framework she has created. She has written extensively on topics related to sexual violence in blogs and magazine articles. She has written over 35 peer reviewed journal articles. She has also co-written or edited five academic books. Her most recent co-authored book, The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement, was published in June 2018.