Mark Yantzi provides new methods for dealing with the pervasive problem of sexual abuse. He shows caring ways to confront and support those who have offended. He also calls for understanding and compassion toward those victimized by sexual wrongdoing. Yantzi's unique approach is illustrated through case examples and candid dialogue by a group of victims and those who have offended. Readers hear authentic voices and share in the process toward healing. The book honors the words of victims, offenders, their families, and communities.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Yantzi draws on current theories of counseling offenders, restorative justice philosophy, Christian theology, and over twenty years of experience. He offers compelling alternatives to address complex issues for the church and community in responding to sex offenders."
Caroline Duimering, Social Worker
"Yantzi's book sets out some of the hard-won learnings from the struggles in the 80s and 90s to understand sexual abuse and to forge useful responses to it. Let's hope that the practitioners of the new century will expand on the significant work which pioneers like Yantzi have laid down."
Dave Worth, MCC, Ontario
Mark Yantzi has promoted Restorative Justice (RJ) since 1974 when he and David Worth convinced a judge to allow two youths with 22 charges of willful damage to meet their victims and make restitution instead of jail. He founded Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, which has 17 different RJ programs (www.cjiwr.com). In 2009 he retired as executive director and continues to work on RJ issues. Applying RJ to sexual abuse issues is one of the most pioneering aspects of his work.