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Restorative Approaches to Sexual Harm

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Restorative Approaches to Sexual Harm

with sonya shah, nuri nusrat and daniel jacob self


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Restorative Approaches to Sexual Harm and the Patriarchy

For the past four years The Ahimsa Collective has been exploring restorative approaches to sexual harm by creating a unique healing and accountability program for people who have committed or been survivors of child sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault who are in prison. In addition, we hold yearlong circles with survivors of sexual harm, we engage in direct face-to-face “Victim Offender Dialogues” (VOD)’s in sexual harm cases, and we are beginning to work with complex harms happening in organizations, families, and individuals, involving sexual harm.

Sexual violence doesn’t happen in isolation—it is connected to the intergenerational gender wounds of patriarchy, rape culture, internalized homophobia, toxic masculinity and gender oppression, and their intersections with racism. In addition, while restorative justice often focuses on the harm, we’ve found in our work the power of integrating what is good, what makes us feel happy and whole—restored sexuality, healthy sexuality, reverence for relationships and the pleasure of relationships.

In this training, we will explore restorative approaches to sexual harm and systems like patriarchy that support it; we’ll share case studies of the dialogs and harm circles we have facilitated; we will explore practices for facilitating healing and accountability with people who have committed severe violence and survivors of it; and how as practitioners we engage with this work in a healthy way. We don’t have all of the answers, we expect this training to allow us collectively to explore the many strategies needed to address sexual harm and the wounds of patriarchy using restorative justice approaches. Our facilitators come from diverse racial and experiential backgrounds that have been impacted in complex and unique ways by systems of oppression, and by sexual violence directly and indirectly. Our commitments to this work are both uniquely personal and deeply political.


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sonya shah initiated the Ahimsa Collective in 2016. The Ahimsa Collective works to respond to harm in ways that foster wholeness for everyone. Sonya is also an associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Central to her core values are nurturing community belonging and collective care, healing, compassion, love and transforming harm. She is a Buddhist, a first-generation immigrant from the Northwestern part of India and feels most at home in nature. She has two children who remind her what it means to be in love all of the time, and currently resides in northern California.

nuri nusrat is a program associate at the Ahimsa Collective. She is dedicated to working with people whose lives are affected by the criminal legal system. nuri's family history, along with her deep love for people, inspires her to support people who have done or experienced harm with compassion and empathy, with the intent of upholding the humanity and dignity of all affected.

daniel jacob self is a core facilitator with the Ahimsa Collective. He is a dancer, performing artist, group facilitator, and currently works in the field of Somatic Psychotherapy and grief counseling. Coming from a family with a legacy of sexual abuse, daniel is a firm believer in the power of relationships, community, and courageous vulnerability to help undo the toxic knots of trauma, isolation, and shame.

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