This topic contains 8 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by Tim 1 day, 4 hours ago.
November 29, 2018 at 10:45 am #49518
By Michael M . . . Here in America, we like to think that people who are convicted of a crime will be punished by court decree and according to the la
[See the full post at: Caring for a registrant can be fatal]
November 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm #49519
What a powerful writing….
November 29, 2018 at 6:01 pm #49521
I fear for my son’s life when he is released from incarceration due to public and society characterization of what a sexual offender is. He looked at porn, did not store it or produce it, and got sentenced to 7 years in FCI. Next he has to register as a SO for 25 years. He was not a molester and never touched a child and yet pays the price and will pay the price upon release. I am very much afraid of the public registrar and feel it is a continuing punishment.
November 30, 2018 at 12:54 am #49553
I also fear for my son’s safety when he comes home. We are looking to see which states are the most forgiving; if there is such a place. He is serving 10 years for an inappropriate conversation with an undercover officer on the adult website, Plenty of Fish. He will have to register for life. The laws have to be changed. The registry does nothing but invoke fear and gives a false sense of security. Our entire family is paying the price.
November 30, 2018 at 1:45 pm #49576
What gets me is how these vigilantes think they are better than anyone else. How many of us have had sexual experiences at a very young age? Most of us have! We played doctor or where just curious about the differences of our bodies and explored with one another. Biologically, were created as sexual beings, and it’s normal. It’s all over the place and we promote it as a society through t.v. shows, radio, at the mall with Victoria’s Secret for all to see, we encourage it as a society, BUT, if you get caught then and only then do we want “justice” and people to pay. What’s not normal is for us to believe it’s not normal biologically and to buy into the fear mongering and correctness of the law, because the law is wrong! Double standard! Especially cruel when you were once a regular citizen who has now found yourself suddenly on the other side of the law and considered a registent. Game changer. Excellent article!!
December 2, 2018 at 2:12 am #49597
Hello Lori, you know Lori I hate to say this but you are right. And yes at times we can all be amazed at others even at ourselves. Sure we have all played doctor or did some things in our growing stages that would be sexual oriented as bad character. Men and women alike but many grow out of stages and some stay the same. It is just like an alcholic that can’t quit their habit or are possed with the habit of. Yes, TV and other things can trigger if one is not careful.
Others may look at the sex offender as someone one don’t need in our neighborhood but they themselves don’t look at themself as they have the same motivation and drive. Does one think to themself as doing something special by getting revenge of the big bad monster or sex pervet. Is this not a corrupt and perverse generation?
Now all you ladies that have commeted about your son’s seem to worry about your son’s and you really shouldn’t. We all get caught up in the moment of sexual desire. We are human, but to offend others in callous, or do harm to another show’s callous character. Law enforcement’s seem to overlook this to an extent and people seem to Judge others when at times they are the offender enticing. One has to even wonder about these internet ordeals. Don’t get me wrong protecting kids is good but yelling rape or something like abuse is not. I wonder who show’s character today in policing others.
December 3, 2018 at 2:12 pm #49637
I’m not a psychologist (I don’t even play one on TV), but I think you have hit on a very important point, Saddles. Evolution has assured that all humans have sexual urges from puberty, and at least sexual awareness and curiosity at a very early age. The important question is what we choose to do with those urges, both as individuals and as a society. Sexual mores vary greatly from time to time, and from place to place.
We happen to be in a place and time where sexuality is feared and denied. Yes, it appears everywhere! However, it is comforting to believe that there is none of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, or a “cougar” in ME! Everyone, male or female, has had inappropriate sexual urges, which may or may not have been acted on. I suspect there is quite a bit of mental infidelity going on around us.
Humans tend to hate what they fear most in themselves. Vilification, marginalization and harassment of sex offenders is a way of denying the potential in each of us; of pushing the mirror away. It is someone else, not me.
December 16, 2018 at 8:10 am #50038
Arousal in young human males occurs long before puberty sets in. I was about 6 or so when I noticed ( cognizant) attraction to females and had erection. So called ” experts” on human sexuality are always biased by their own versions of normal. Sexuality is completely culturally defined but still occurs under the influence of natural law. Since ” normal sexuality” is a relative and ambiguous term therefore ” deviant” sex also suffers similarly.
December 6, 2018 at 7:05 pm #49774
I would think from a strictly legal standpoint that when there are vigilante attacks such as the one in this article, the state should only be able to dodge liability if it can show that the vigilante had found the victim through other means than the registry, or at least could have through reasonable diligence. Pretty unlikely that a Nevada vigilante was going through old Hawaiian criminal court records and happened to run across a homeless guy in Las Vegas, for example.
I would suggest to any registrant or family member that if they ever end up on the receiving end of vigilante violence to take it to court anyway. Just because the DOJ states they “assume no responsibility or liability” for anyone who misuses information on the registry doesn’t mean responsibility/liability isn’t theirs in such cases. You’re not likely to prevail, particularly in the lower courts, but that’s what appeals are for.