Guest speaker on the Monthly Membership call (6/3/2021) was Dr. Alissa R. Ackerman, Assistant Professor in the Division of Politics, Administration and Justice at California State University, Fullerton.  You can hear the entire presentation here.

Dr. Ackerman is internationally recognized for her contributions in the field and her innovative approach that has helped hundreds of people on their path towards healing. She has dedicated her career to studying sex crimes policy and practice, the etiology of sexual offending, the effects of sexual victimization, and, more recently, restorative justice options for those impacted by sexual harm.  She is a “survivor scholar”, in that she integrates her personal experience with sexual violence with her professional expertise as a sex crimes researcher.


Dr Ackerman has worked with over 500 men and women who have perpetrated acts of sexual harm using vicarious restorative justice processes and serves a restorative justice practitioner in traditional restorative justice cases involving sexual harm in the community.


She has written extensively on topics related to sexual violence in blogs and magazine articles and has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles.  She has authored or edited six books and recently served as co-editor on a special edition of the Journal of Sexual Abuse.  Her most recent book, Healing from Sexual Violence: The Case for Vicarious Restorative Justice, co-authored with Dr. Jill Levenson, was published in 2019.


Dr Ackerman has worked across North America, Australia, and New Zealand.  She has given over fifty national and international talks on her sex crimes work including a TED Talk on The Importance of Connection.

She co-hosts the popular podcast, Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast


Alissa R. Ackerman, PhD

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Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast

Check out her TEDx Talk here!


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