You must research and critically analyze one of the following topics in the field of victimology: victim-offender reconciliation programs (also called victim-offender mediation programs), hate crime laws, the effectiveness of child advocacy centers in the treatment of victims and in the prosecution of sex offenders, publicizing rape victims’ names, rape shield laws, treatment of homosexual crime victims by our criminal justice system, female sex offenders, efficacy of DWI victim-impact panels, treatment of clergy child abuse victims by the Catholic Church, mandatory arrest laws for domestic violence victims, or civil confinement of sex offenders.
• Since each of these topics is somewhat “controversial,” you must describe and present both sides of the controversy by thoroughly researching your topic.
• After researching and describing the varying perspectives on the topic, you must take a position and articulate the reasons for your personal opinion on your chosen topic.
• This paper must be 6 pages in length, typed (12 pt.), double-spaced, contain a cover page, bibliography, parenthetical documentation, and be stapled in the upper-left hand corner.