Judith Herman: quotes 3 & 4
Restoration of the breach between the traumatized person and the community depends, first, upon public acknowledgement of the traumatic event and, second, upon some form of community action. Once it is publicly recognized that a person has been harmed, the community must take action to assign responsibility for the harm and to repair the injury. These two responses—recognition and restitution—are necessary to rebuild the survivor’s sense of order and justice.
Herman, Judith, M.D. Trauma and Recovery. New York: Basic, 1992, 1997: 69, 70