Through our collective, lived experiences, we attest to the damage consent violations have inflicted on our community. Often, a survivor seeking acknowledgement and justice is met with disbelief, minimization, and isolation, causing further suffering. We have also witnessed the community respond to consent violators in ways that do not result in reform, be it through denying their actions or shaming and ostracizing the individual. These reactions cause lasting harm and contribute to rape culture. As such, we are in a conscious, communal, and methodical pursuit of a better way. When remediating a consent violation, Safer Spaces considers the Restorative Justice model best practice.
“Restorative Justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. It is best accomplished through cooperative processes that allow all willing stakeholders to meet, although other approaches are available when that is impossible. This can lead to transformation of people, relationships and communities.”
– from restorativejustice.org