Reply To: Minnesota sex offenders challenge residency restrictions

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Tim

Ok, I’ll keep going. Not all sex offenders are rehabilitated, or want to be. This is a subject that every offender no matter what crime is committed has to deal with. Am i going to change, do I want to change. It’s very scary to have to look at yourself and see all the bad, then decide to be better. This goes for all criminal classes as well as every person in society. I’ll bet their are little to none that would admit, and ask for a ticket for speeding, or taking items from work for personal use (theft) or any other crime. That is not how real life is. So why pick one criminal class and treat us like we don’t matter, we are still human beings, we all have the same human rights as most of society, but yet get treated like we are not. There is a Growing problem in this state, as well as the US as to where convicted sex offenders can live. Look at the 100,000 + offenders from California that live in tents, under bridges etc. Is this really what we as a society want to do to other citizens, human beings. If this is such a great idea I’d suggest we start doing this for every criminal class, then only people that have clean records can support the rest of us, Living in or tents, etc. I don’t know a answer as to how this can be solved to the best of all, but I know what is happening is NOT the way to do things. I’m doing very well for myself, I earn a great income, have the job I wanted and Enjoy what I do. I’m a Productive Member of Society and am proud to be able to say that. I have reached bottom, and realized I needed to change, I realized that decisions I made to commit my crime, where based off societal norms I grew up under. Being sexually abused by Nine different people from age 8. I grew up thinking that sex between an adult and child was ok, it happened to me and no one did anything about it. Several family and friends of the family knew what was happening to me, but did nothing. Social services was also involved in my up bringing, and never helped me. Did I ask for help you ask, No, I thought it was “normal”. I regret every day now committing my crime, I lost my family, Children, Life. But I’ve been able to start again, and I’m doing my best to be the person society wants me to be. I have not thought of committing another crime,I was able to identify the corrupt thoughts I had and change them, I have also found out I enjoy my freedom. I like who I am today, and where my future is going. I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned along the way. I thank God every day.
I still don’t have my own place to live, I am living with an uncle, and again I’m thankful for my family and friends they have been very supportive of my changes and choices since release. Someday I’d like to own my own home, but with the restrictions as they are, that would make me buy a home in a lower class, lower income area. Food for thought, who are the most likely to be victimized, the youth from lower income homes, as they can be given the attention that a sex offender who is looking for a stranger victim or family member came give and manipulate the situation into a crime. I have heard several therapists that work with sex offenders make the comment that Sex Offenders don’t change, won’t change. Well if that is the case why have sex offender treatment, or any other kinds of treatment as that statement can be made for all criminals or those not caught yet, no matter what crime is involved.
I hope to be a leader of offenders to look at and see that even under the current situation, we can be productive members of society, but it takes help, not restrictions! If society were more supportive of offenders being released I think you would see a big difference. I hope what I’ve shared will spark a conversation and changes statewide, US wide. We need to all be treated equal. NO ONE IS BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE, WE ARE ALL SINNERS, WE HAVE ALL COMMITTED CRIMES.