Mar 102020

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  3 Responses to “The Trauma of Victims and Perpetrators”

  1. Great thoughts! I never really thought about resources available for abusers to prevent them from committing any acts again- maybe that’s because our current system does not really focus on rehabilitation. I would extend your ideas of sex trafficking to all sorts of crime, especially domestic such as kidnapping or torture. I appreciate your thoughts that victims and perpetrators both deserve some sort of trauma therapy, especially since many people who commit these crimes have had some sort of trauma in their own lives which led them to this point. Most crimes do not happen for no reason. In my criminal justice class, we have been discussing the role of rehabilitation in Japan and how it is highly favored which is probably why the crime rate is significantly lower there. This can also influence the quality of life and overall happiness of this population.

  2. I was always interested in the dichotomy between punishing and rehabilitating criminals. In the past I was always on the fence as to what seemed more effective: offer a hostile consequence for bad actions, or show compassion for them and try to help them. As I get older, the appeals of showing understanding for the “evil” becomes more and more apparent in my eyes. Stories like these always make me happy, and I always admire people who can look abusers in the eye and offer them help. It seems like very few people do this today, so I’m interested in seeing where a mindset like this can take us.
    I’d be interested to see ideas like this extended not only to criminals and abusers, but possibly to other parts of society as well. I’m not sure how the “showing compassion for the evil instead of punishing them” concept could apply outside of the criminal justice system, but I feel like it has applications. For example, in child raising, the school system, business, etc.

  3. Hi all,
    Great ideas surrounding healing and trauma, although a bit drifted from the idea of making.
    This is fine, I think these posts are pointing to question the constructed of “made” concepts of ‘the criminal’ of ‘rehabilitation’ and to find in those notions the systemic failures that are not only about individual trauma, but also collective notions and attitudes that perpetuate the idea that some people are more worth of rehab than others.

    @ Madison, I understand the use of your image in relation to the example, but the visual is about “#SaveMissingGirls”, which is not explained in your text. It makes me wonder if your main point is about healing from trauma or sex trafficking in particular. Next time try to guide the reader through a clearer narrative.

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