Sad to say, it will take more than one article or one topic to turn around the thinking of the American people. I am all for inundating everything possible with articles and topics that will touch their hearts, but that has been happening for ten years or more now. Human Rights Watch and Nicole Pitman have put out huge reports about the danger of criminalizing and registering children. Dr. Jill Levenson and many others have done research and reported on the topic. In 2012, Corrections.com published a piece I wrote under a pseudonym on the topic titled “If it saves one child.” Josh Groban, who was registered at 12 for touching his sister, has become an outspoken advocate, and much has been written about his situation.
The ridiculousness of teenagers being criminalized and registered for sexting and having sex is another topic that virtually no one agrees with. Some highly publicized cases, such as Josh Anderson’s, have actually resulted in a change in sentencing after publicity. A couple in Texas, Frank and Nikki Rodriquez were in high school together. He was put on the registry for life and will remain there in spite of the fact that they’ve been married for over 20 years and have a family. They were featured in several mainstream articles and were even on a national television talk show a few years back.
And they are still registering children for play and teenagers for having sex. We won’t give up or stop our efforts, but there are still a lot of battles ahead of us.