Advancing Advocacy – Tips for Testifying

By Andy Stein…. Testifying in front of your state’s legislature can be a very intimidating experience. But with the right preparation and thoughtful attention to detail, you can be heard and create small successes along the road to reform. Last summer, a team of therapists, lawyers, registrants, and family members met to organize Kentucky Citizens and Families for Reform. While…

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WIN in Wisconsin – federal judge strikes down banishment law

(From the Dobbs Wire) Win in Wisconsin:  A federal judge struck down a Pleasant Prairie ordinance restricting where individuals forced to sign the sex offense registry can live, ruling the ordinance unconstitutional.  Laws like this are euphemistically known as ‘residency restrictions,’ but their purpose is banishment.  Officials in Pleasant Prairie, short on humanity, had made just about the entire town…

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Public sex offender registries good for one thing: inhibiting rehabilitation

By Sandy….. The words on the email burned through my computer screen: “I’ve lost more conventions today. My business will not survive this and I don’t know if I will find a way to pay my bills. I have no choice but to try, though. To be honest, if it wasn’t for the fact that I have a woman that…

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Heroes don’t always wear capes

By Sandy…. Sophie and Hans Scholl did it in Nazi Germany and were executed for high treason. Rosa Parks did it in segregated Alabama and sparked a revolution. And some writers in America, outnumbered and overwhelmed by politics and public opinion about the sex offender industry, are doing it and daring to expose the truth. The definition of what makes…

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Judge rules molestation conviction requires proof of intent

By Sandy…. A really bad law in Arizona, one that actually had the potential for the parents of an infant to be charged with sexual assault while changing his diaper, has been overturned. The law was written so that no sexual intent or motivation was required. According to the Arizona Republic, “The statute defines sexual contact as ‘any direct or…

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