Reply To: The sex offender registry: an invitation for vigilantism


This story is sadly all too common, but what you don’t see, is the same thing that happens on the Internet. In a way, that can be significantly more damaging when people are posting and spreading someone’s name throughout social media and other websites. I know someone who is happened to recently, and although it is the same thing, harassment, he was told nothing can be done because they are spreading “truthful” information, yet he could lose friends, family and even a job because of it. He even knows the person who was spreading the information around, yet powerless to defend himself. In doing so, he desperately sought out measures to get his name removed from some of these websites, and that created potentially more problems, including breaking the law, but he listened to his gut, and did not cross a line, but still has been hurt significantly because one person decided she needed to “spread the word“ in a mean vindictive way. So it’s pretty obvious when somebody spray paints something on your door, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only way people get hurt or being on the registry.