The First Priority Is Justice for the Victims: Whether in Court or in More Alternative Forms Such As Restorative Justice
The solution to violent crimes must start with focusing on the victim, not the perpetrator. Too often, crimes become about the criminal and not the victim. Society must bring the focus back to those most affected by these incidents: Ensuring this kind of justice is key to a safe and functioning democracy.
March 10, 2021Updated 1 month ago
Justice for victims needs to lead any solution to the problems of harassment, assault, and other crimes. Too often the focus of any crime is put on the part of the perpetrator.
One need only look to the way serial killers such as Ted Bundy or the Night Stalker become celebrities. Sometimes they are treated more like rock stars than violent criminals.
Their victims, however, are often forgotten. Many people may have heard of the assault cases involving Billy Cosby or Roman Polanski, but few could name even a single one of their victims.
Making victims feel safe should be the number one priority. Additionally, doing work on the policy and legislation level—or even through media if traditional channels fail—are all part of giving survivors the justice they deserve.
Sexual assault in particular can make victims unable to participate in the most basic functions of everyday life: afraid to go to work or even to walk the streets at night. Without justice for victims, a democracy cannot be fully successful because it means some of its most marginalized members are being scared away from participating in public life.
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