Marlee Liss from Ontario, Canada chose to spend hours face-to-face with her rapist through a restorative justice process, instead of a criminal trial, is now working to educate and promote the alternative process to other victims of abuse and assault.
The sexual assault survivor used the Indigenous-rooted approach as an alternative to Canada's mainstream criminal justice system to focus on repair rather than punishment, healing instead of grieving.
The 25-year-old sat with her rapist in October 2019 to get the closure she says she needed to move past the assault. Since then, she has been focused on helping other sexual assault survivors heal in a similar way.
Following the restorative justice process, Liss started an organization, called Re-Humanize, aimed at educating other sexual assault survivors about their rights and the potential benefits of using the same process.