Monday, 11/28, 4:15 p.m. This will be a different sort of blog post.
There is an ongoing situation that exemplifies the destructiveness of the public sex offender registry. I will be posting additions to this as new developments occur.
It started with a comment on a piece Lenore Skenazy – a wonderful lady! — wrote about an Alzheimer’s patient, also a registrant, being forced from his hospice facility in Florida due to a pre-school being “too close.”
This is the comment:
My husband has to be out of our home by tomorrow, because we found out AFTER WE HAD MOVED in, that there is (supposedly) a daycare 862 feet from our new home. He will be living in a tent in the woods until we can do something else. We are on a fixed income and CANNOT afford to move again. He has severe respiratory issues and has used oxygen at night (and now also in the day time), and also has Marfan Syndrome which also affects the tissues in his lungs, plus all of the connective tissue in his body. He has been hospitalized twice in the last few months, once for pneumonia and once for a Marfan related blood clot. I told the Sheriff’s department they were handing him a death sentence and they KNOW we can’t afford a place for him to stay; we file as indigent with them every year because we can’t afford the registry fees in South Carolina because our income is so low. And BTW, his accusation was almost 30 years ago and he has NEVER bothered anyone, especially a child!
I emailed Lenore and asked her to ask the writer – I will refer to her as Susi – if she would contact me. I also emailed our advocate in South Carolina and asked him if there was anything he could do; he said he would try if he could get her identity.
Susi emailed me giving permission to share her information with our South Carolina advocate; I did. Susi then emailed me this today:
My husband set up his tent last night, and will be registering as homeless tomorrow or Wednesday. My biggest concern is his health, as we told SLED and the registry person, they are handing him a death sentence for something that wasn’t even our fault. I know that God will protect him somehow through this situation, but it is so hard not to worry when he has been on oxygen at night for more than 5 years and now has two small tanks that last an hour, for during the day. Please pray for extra strength for both of us.
This is a story that needs to be told, and Susi has given permission for me to tell it and will send updates. I will add to this as I get the updates.
Sandy, a NARSOL board member, is communications director for NARSOL, editor-in-chief of the Digest, and a writer for the Digest and the NARSOL website. Additionally, she participates in updating and managing the website and assisting with a variety of organizational tasks.