Reply To: Public sex offender registries good for one thing: inhibiting rehabilitation

In Search of Liberty

On a peripheral note, consider this: the suffix ER, present future tense, verses the suffix ED, past tense. The title “Sex Offend(er)” is in it self a false or incorrect description of someone designed to invoke vitriol in the general public against that someone. To elaborate, the word “sex” in and of itself is not a negative word, that is until you add the word “offend”, an action verb, to it and then to go further, and add the suffix “er” to this action verb and apply it to a person then you have created in the eyes of the general public—a monster. When you say someone is a “Sex Offend(er)” you are basically saying that this is what this person is or what he does on a continuous basis. Consider: ER suffix (future present tense)

Designates a person or thing that does or performs a specified action, examples:
 Report(er)
 Play(er)
 Sharpen(er)
 Do-good(er)
 Police office(er)
 Fire fight(er)

Offend intransitive (action) verb
To violate a law or rule: do wrong offend against the law

There you have it. So the question in my mind is this, say a person’s conviction for a sex crime is 35 years old and that person has not committed another such crime, how is that person a current sex offend(er)??? He/she may have committed his/her crime many, many years ago which would only be ED or Past Tense, what that person did, not what he/she is doing. Think! If a person is a sex offend(er), present future tense, this means that this person is out there committing sex crimes— “presently”, and will continue to do so because that is what he/she IS and what he?she DOES on a continuous basis like a fire fight(er) or police(er), until arrested. Am I making sense here? If YOU ARE NOT currently out there committing sex crimes and have not done so in many, many years—YOU ARE NOT Sex Offend(er)!!! And don’t let them (parole board, police, general public) tell you that you are.