March 20, 2015 Editor

Scapegoating The Sex Offender

WN: This was written 16 years ago, but is ever pertinent.

An excerpt:

Can one hope that some Canadian communities will refuse to scapegoat, and develop safe ways of working with sex offenders in their midst? In fact, that is what has emerged in the past four years through Correctional Services Canada funded community agencies. “Circles of Support and Accountability Programs” have now worked with over forty sex offenders across Canada and are growing.

When will Canadian communities put an end to our own sanctioned societal violence? Shame on us all in Anytown, Canada. We have it in us to do better!

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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