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January 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm #8567
By Robin . . . By now, many of you should have noticed (and a great many of you have been told), that RSOL is now NARSOL. But what exactly does that m
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January 9, 2017 at 11:54 pm #8568
Often we see comments from people who refer to themselves as “Sex Offenders” . From here on, if we see something like that we should kindly correct that person.
Some of us may have been convicted of a sex offense in the past and we may be forced to register on the sex offender registry, but we are not “sex offenders” as in people who will continue to offend.
We need to change our mind set, so lets begin making a habit out of referring to ourselves or others forced to register as “registrants” and explain that we have been convicted of a sex crime in our past, but make it clear that does not define who we are today.
January 10, 2017 at 2:40 am #8569
Amen, Fred. Well put!
April 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm #54736
I so agree with the change. I have been frustrated with use of the term for years. Have done my research on actual reoffending rates and the abused use of statistics on Resitivisum. Now if only we can reach the hearts and minds of the general public on the facts. Even law enforcement would do better in serving our communities by not keeping the bias alive. Could right book on my experiences here where I was paroled. Thank you so much.
January 10, 2017 at 8:31 am #8570
Exactly, Fred. I find it curiously funny how when someone has has abused drugs or alcohol, they are referred to as “recovering” or “former” abuser. But we are forever “sex offenders” in the eyes of the public, even if we have a 1 time offense, not an addiction to sexually offending. Our society is so hypocritical it’s sickening.
January 10, 2017 at 10:06 am #8571
I do the same by using the word underage instead of ‘child’ when there is an obvious difference. A matter of symantics, and not to diminish, but an important distinction, especially where a 17 year old and 8 year old victim are concerned – in my opinion.
January 10, 2017 at 10:20 am #8572
Thanks for the explanation!
I HATE the term “sex offender” and am glad there is an effort to avoid using these misleading and maligning words, Registered Citizen works for me…but still sends a chill down my spine.
January 10, 2017 at 11:28 am #8573
Registered Citizen is a great term for someone on the registry it helps to point out the unconstitutionality of the registry as all citizens are not registered it is a violation of equal protections/rights for anyone to be. The only problem I can think of with the new terminology is it will be a while before regular folks know who you are talking about. Registered voters? Car registration? It does not describe what kind of registration it is. Don’t get me wrong I would rather it not I just think it will make it harder for us to get our point across when talking about our selves if they do not know who we are and that is the people known as ” Sex Offenders” I would recommend the combination of both until it takes hold in the PC world but don’t be surprised if the PC people reject it and what a hipocrisy that would be.
January 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm #8574
I was going to post the same thing….the term sex offender is a misnomer. Whether this term was popularized by the media and the government with the implication that these people are currently offending is up for judgement. Based on the past neither the media nor the government have done us many favors.
January 10, 2017 at 1:24 pm #8575
I like “Witch-hunted detainees” better.
“Registered citizen” still sounds too militant and scary.
January 29, 2017 at 11:03 pm #8576
Tenn. Is being sued ,I wanted in on it because of my case and said I had a winner but don’t have the money
February 8, 2017 at 12:42 pm #8577
If a real outrage. A person can kill someone and after serving 15-live they can get out and go on with their lives. But on the flip side, someone labeled as “sex offender” has to not only carry the burden of being labeled their entire life, but also unfair and not justifiable tier increases as well as longer registration periods. Not everyone onMegans Law is looking to reoffend. Some of us, like myself either did something stupid, were somewhere we should not have been, or were unaware they were actually Comitting a crime(underage).
May 15, 2020 at 5:13 am #72425
I personally don’t like Sex affender I’m i 51 was married for 14yr and 5 kid’s. 6 years ago I was addicted to porn and that lead to downloading children Pic from a torrent. And my life has forever change from year of 2014 it distroy my marriage and because of my action. It has changed the way I feel and look at the way I look at the laws. I’ve been seeing someone for going on three years she has three kid’s and she has stuck with me through out this whole time. And after I was convicted finding out I was going to register on the list and how even after I get off probation. And the fact they have me on the lowest tier 1 in Missouri out of three interviews. I do understand what my action have caused and it is my fault and people do change for the better. The fact you can sell drug’s to a kid or adult and overdose or kill someone do your time and come out and move on with your life pretty much like nothing happened. But you get charged with a sex crime no matter what and have that label for life even if it’s your 1st time. What ever I can do for other’s to keep them from doing or going through the samething I’ve done to my life. I’m just happy I’ve got loved one’s that have stuck by my side.And I will not let no one’s opinion dictate who and what I am in life a child God. God bless all those that fight for human rights. St