By Dolly Madison……
National RSOL writes and produces the Digest, which is the most widely distributed, noteworthy, and informative publication on the market for those convicted of sexual offenses. We have a print subscriber base of over 300; and our e-edition reaches many hundred website members and supporters, almost 600 subscribers who are incarcerated in federal prisons through the CorrLinks program, and, due to being posted on our website, untold thousands more.
RSOL is the only advocacy organization to host a yearly conference focused almost entirely on sexual offense laws and policies. We have just completed our 8th one, and each year we are proud to offer the best in speakers, presentations, and workshops. Advocates, professionals, and registrants and their families from all over the United States attend our conferences.
Our state affiliate program is robust and growing. We have 15 full affiliate organizations in 14 states and a host of contacts and advocates, many with small organizations, in the majority of the other states. Several of the state organizations and advocates are actively involved in litigation challenging issues such as residency restrictions, proximity restrictions, and retroactive application of registration conditions. Some of the organizations work directly with lawmakers on reform legislation in their states.
Perhaps the truest measure of an all-volunteer organization is the amount of time those in leadership positions are willing to dedicate to the cause. The literally uncountable number of hours expended by National RSOL’s leaders signifies a longstanding and complete level of commitment to reform of the current system and laws. The number of volunteer hours is something we pride ourselves with having contributed and remain devoted to providing.
Each year, actually each month, sees an increase in the number of situations in which RSOL is asked to contribute to the broader community. These include, but are not limited to: events/conferences, research, articles, books, films, and interviews that we are asked to participate in, help with, or promote due to our research, knowledge, and large networking capability. A large and increasing number of media contacts and others, such as attorneys and lawmakers, view National RSOL and, within individual states, RSOL affiliates, as a premiere resource for information relating to our topic.
RSOL offers a high level of outreach, training, and informative advice that is provided through our networking system and through the many and varied contacts available to our dedicated volunteer leaders. These include but are not limited to:
- the development of the LEO (Law Enforcement Only) brochure and initiative
- our monthly teleconferences RSOL in Action and Advancing Advocacy
- the development of the WAR (Women Against Registry) initiative, which is now a separate sister organization
- the development of FEARLESS, an in-state support program for registrant families
- the establishment of Vivante Espero, the educational branch of RSOL and a 501c3 entity
- the blog “With Justice for All” dedicated to our advocacy issues.
All of us take immense pride in being involved with National RSOL. It is not just “something we do” but is a dedicated, essential part of our lives.