Laws driven by misinformation or by facts — which should we strive for?

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      Dwayne Daughtry

      By Dwayne . . . You may know someone or have heard through news sources of individuals ordered by courts to attend sexual offender treatment. It is re
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      A Mistake They Made

      Nice article Dwayne!!

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        Dwayne Daughtry

        thank you very much for the kind comment.

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      Facts should matter

      When it comes to lawmakers trotting out all these ill-conceived sex laws, it’s not what they know or can prove, it’s what they can get people to believe. Mothers in particular are susceptible to the false sense of empowerment they firmly believe the registry provides.them. Whatever, but I’m not willing to live stressed out for others’ peace of mind and illusory relief.

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      Socrates III

      Dwayne, very nice piece, thank you. Now, a question and an observation. Question: in your opinion, why is it that even in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, that people, especially suburban soccer moms, still prefer to believe that all who have committed a sex crime is a continuing threat? Observation: The suffix “er” when added to an “action verb”, e.g., “OFFEND”, and applied to an individual, connotes that this is what this individual is and what he does on a continuing bases, e.g.,: “fire fight(er)” or “police offic(er)”. So it is with an individual labeled “sex offend(er)”. Your observation?

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      Perry P.

      Excellent Article Mr. Daughtry. You are so ‘Spot-On’ about the reasons the Registry is what it is today, that if Congress actually listened to you, perhaps, just perhaps there would be an actual real effort to change the Registry or just plain eradicate it altogether. I doubt it will happen in my lifetime, yet, I hope that someday within the next 20 years, it just might. At the very least; change it such that only Law Enforcement have access to it, as originally intended, and not the General Public so Vigilantes won’t go Hunting Us to hurt or outright kill Us…like they are now. Look. Polygraphs are yet another Money Making Scheme, that hides behind ‘Assurance of Compliance to Treatment’, and I’m glad to see that you touched on the fact that forcing Us to endure such ‘Treatment’, does absolutely no good. If anything; it only gives Us even more reasons to be or become, even more resentful of the Registry as a whole! They also easily forget how the Registry affects Families of Registrants and The Children in them as well. Who’s protecting them from Bullies? Who’s keeping many such kids from committing Suicides because of a Parent or other Family Member on the Registry? No One. Such Legislators that continue piling on requirement after requirement, must believe they don’t count. Then there’s the Lifetime Requirement: I’ve often imagined myself being 70, or even 80 years old, and still having to go Register and comply with Treatment once a month. I don’t see even having a potential Age Appropriate Relationship with a Lady by then, because no Woman will want to be with me. I’ll end up dying alone and I am most afraid of that to be honest. Then there’s the fact that some States won’t ever consider making such changes in their State Legislatures. Doing so would assure those holding seats as Representatives, would lose them in the next Election Cycle because they actually looked at The Real Science Data of Registry Effectiveness, instead of Scare-Tactic Misinformation. So I Thank You from the bottom of my heart Sir.
      Nuff Said!

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