Both Sides: The Power of Restorative Conversations
In January 2003, two Fort Collins families were forever changed by the disappearance of 20 year old Lacy Miller. The UNC student was on her way home from a friend’s house when a person posing as a police officer pulled her over, sexually assaulted and murdered her.
For over a decade, Wendy Cohen (Lacy’s mother) has worked to empower impacted parties and promote healing on both sides of a violent crime. She’s advocated for tougher legislation around the act of impersonating a police officer, and she’s committed to violence prevention through education and restorative practices. Teaming up with James Clausen (the perpetrator’s brother), the two have made a commitment to share the story of how their two families were forever changed. They have grown very close over the years and frequently speak to at-risk youth and Impact of Crime classes.
On Monday, October 27, 2014, Conflict Resolution & Student Conduct Services office will host these two special guests. Wendy and James continue to be a powerful example of the restorative conversations that can happen when two people come together to share their experiences on both sides of a violent crime.
October marks the 10th year that Colorado has recognized Conflict Resolution Month. Through education and awareness around restorative practices such as this, we will further civility efforts across the state.