RDAP Victim Empathy Presentation Requirements
1. Let go of all of your previous thoughts about your victims.
2. Enter into your victim’s world and make contact with their experience. Try to “grasp” what is most important, meaningful, and touching for them. Try to see the incident through their perspective.
3. Practice expressing what they are feeling about that painful experience.
4. Imagine how it would feel and what you would have said/done if someone had done “this” to you.
5. Indicate what your victims did and said to indicate their pain.
6. Write things that you would not normally speak about. Write your paper as if you’re the only person who is going to read it.
VICTIM EMPATHY LETTER
1. Write a 3-4 page letter from your victim to you containing:
A. Victim’s name, age, length of victimization and relationship with this person.
B. The victim is to explain three or more specific situations in detail and explain how it made them feel. List the short and long term consequences they have experienced. (Paint a vivid picture for the group).
2. Write a 2-3 page letter from you to your victim containing:
A. You’re acceptance and acknowledgment of victimization.
B. Identify abuse, behavior and/or criminal offense against the victim.
C. A sincere, detailed apology and amends expressing the areas you will change so that you will not repeat the same behavior in the future.
3. Read both letters to the group
4. Group discussion.
VICTIM EMPATHY ROLE PLAY
1. State victim/victims name, age, and the relationship with this person.
2. What was the abuse, behavior, or criminal offense against the victim or victims. Briefly describe each situation.
3. Role play: Group members play the victim and speaks directly to you expressing victim’s hurt to you.
4. Victimizer with the help of group will identify all consequences of behavior. Displayed on board and recorded on paper.
Victim’s short term consequences –
Victim’s long-term consequences-
5. Role play: Victimizer will face the victim and offer a detailed sincere apology and express the areas that he will change in so that he will not repeat the same behavior in the future.
6. Group discussion on how the victimizer feels after the role play.
VICTIM EMPATHY SKIT
1. State the victim’s name, age, length of victimization and relationship with this person.
2. What was the abuse, behavior, or criminal offense against the victim. Explain three or more specific situations in detail to be discussed in group. Also list and discuss short and long term consequences.
A. Choose the most dramatic victimization experience and perform a 3-5 minute presentation. Props are acceptable.
B. The victimizer will play the role of the victim.
C. Utilize any of the members of your assigned group.
4. Group discussion on victimization.
5. The victimizer will offer a detailed sincere apology and amends expressing the areas that he will change in so that he will not repeat the same behavior in the future.
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