Reply To: RSOL Conference 2016 “The Child Scarlet Letter” by Prof. Carpenter

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david

It is an abomination putting people who committed crimes as juveniles on the registry for life. Most of the “crimes” are normal human behavior. Plain and simple.What a judgemental, vindictive, cruel and stupid system!

“Sex Offender” are words that have become like a brand in the public’s mind. Your average citizen, getting their info from the mainstream news, thinks “sex offenders” are monsters. It would be like applying the label “serial killer” to a person who accidentally bumped into you at the grocery store. I prefer not to use the term.

More people need to know how f***d up our system is criminalizing normal human behavior. Like the 10 year old girl who pulled down a boys pants on the playground and now has to register as a “sex offender”. Show me one person in their right mind who agrees with this.

Adults being put on the registry can be a little harder to parse, especially for those unfamiliar with how the system works. Still, when you look at the data you realize: 1) The registry doesn’t work, and 2) The crimes aren’t at all what you expected.

Why isn’t the mainstream media in a feeding frenzy over this? Lifetime registration for engaging in normal childhood behavior? It’s a no-brainer. Considering all the politically correct non-sense that gets the limelight why isn’t this tragedy getting more press?