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Crime Logic, Campus Sexual Assault, and Restorative Justice

Friday, Sep 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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The UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) presents

Crime Logic, Campus Sexual Assault, and Restorative Justicedonna-coker

featuring Donna Coker, J.D., M.S.W.
Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Date: Friday, September 30, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: UC Irvine, Education Building (EDUC), Room 1111 (directions/parking)
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments available at 2:30 p.m. Parking is $10 in the Social Science Parking Structure.

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

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The Obama Administration, spurred by student activism, has brought an unprecedented focus to the problem of campus sexual assault, including establishing aggressive Department of Education (DOE) Title IX guidance and enforcement.

The framing of sexual violence as a civil rights matter under Title IX provides a welcome departure from the crime-centered approach to gender violence that has dominated the US response for more than two decades.   There are, however, significant limitations to the models encouraged by the DOE.   First, the DOE promotes, and schools have adopted, prevention programs that pay insufficient attention to intersecting forms of subordination and experience including race, class, sexual orientation and gender.  Second, while the formal adjudication model prescribed by DOE rules may be appropriate for some cases, this model fails to meet the needs of victims who want a non-formal resolution that yet allows them to confront the person who harmed them.

School efforts should focus on public health measures that address social determinants of sexual assault including alcohol misuse, hostile masculinity, and peer networks that promote gender subordination. This should be the approach not only for prevention measures, but for responses to individual cases, as well.

Restorative Justice (RJ) conferencing can provide an important part of this approach. RJ allows victims who prefer an “informal” response the opportunity to voice the harm they experienced and to confront the person who harmed them in a supportive environment. RJ conferencing can establish reparative plans that address the social determinants of sexual assault and intersecting forms of subordination that frame the context in which abuse is experienced.

About Donna Coker, J.D., M.S.W.

Professor Coker is a nationally recognized expert in domestic violence law and policy.  Her research concerns three major areas: the connection between economic vulnerability and domestic violence; restorative justice and other alternative criminal justice interventions; and gender and racial fairness in criminal law doctrine and criminal justice policies.

Professor Coker has a J.D. (1991) from Stanford Law School, an M.S.W. (1982) from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a B.S.W. from Harding University (1978).  She teaches Criminal Law; Evidence; Gender Violence Law & Policy; Mass Incarceration: Causes, Consequences, and Remedies; Wrongful Convictions.



Friday, Sep 30, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm