December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment
A section where victims could have a voice was always part of the vision. This section will be call Reconciliation and it will feature letters, poems, essay and other writings from victims.
The opportunity to name the offender will be explored. I’m sure there are legalities. Maybe equally as important is that offenders HEAR stories from victims. Accountability is a great soil for responsibility and change to grow in.
Shall the section have a static byline or a changing one? Both? One can be ever present, always explaining the value of the reconciliation section and another can be featured and changed per issue to be pondered and applied by readers. I like the latter. You?
When reading over the information on VORP (Victim Offender Reconciliation Program), my main thoughts surround how these ideas can be converted into print and maybe even better served in some ways. BTW, save the religious aspect, this program is a phenomenal idea.
Topic for another post: the rampant presence of religious assistance in the penal system – narcissistic or beneficial.
The RECONCILIATION Section – Some Brainstorming
RECONCILIATION in print form provides the opportunity to:
- The participatory acts of reading and writing are completely consensual and voluntary expressions that can be revisited and completed in whatever time necessary.
- Ask questions which may have arisen out of the offense AND receive a response from a wide variety of offenders involved in the same or similar activity.
- Express feelings and opinions about the offense directly to the offender AND many other offenders – providing them with constructive, restorative information.
- Take responsibility for actions and involvement in the offense AND express sentiments that were not fully disclosed during judicial process or that have come about during incarceration.
- Move on to a better emotional state after the offense by restoring both victim and offender dignity.