The Worst Harms

How Can We End Child Sexual Abuse Without Prisons? (Victoria Law)

If we can acknowledge the horrors of the criminal justice system and the prison-industrial complex, I think that can create more space for us to have real conversations. Part of the problem of trying to address child sexual abuse is that we’re still trying to protect our family members from the state. More can change if we can open up and say, “What does accountability look like? What does that look like if we knew that the person wasn’t going to be in jail, but we’re clear that they have to be held accountable?”

When I think about accountability, it’s having conversations where we talk about taking responsibility for one’s actions and exploring what healing could look like.

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