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NARSOL, along with many of its affiliates, contacts, and volunteers, is undertaking a nation-wide initiative to combat the plethora of fear-mongering that arises each Halloween regarding those required to register on a sex offense registry. The Patch publications have been especially diligent and prolific in this regard, often printing maps with little dots showing where registered persons (aka “monsters,” “bogeymen,”…

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The official yearly Halloween report

By Sandy . . . Why advocate for not monitoring registered offenders on Halloween? What’s the harm? Most Halloween restrictions apply to everyone on the registry or everyone under supervision, whether or not their offense had anything to do with a child. This broad-brush application is bumping up against constitutional protections. Many registrants are forced to gather in one place for…

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23 yrs. ago: 5 yr. suspended sentence; today: still being punished

Editor’s note: J.B. is the owner, publisher, and editor of a small newspaper. She first came into my life at the point in her story where she was forced to place a sign on her newspaper office at Halloween stating that no candy was available at that place. She contacted me in response to a press release regarding the sex…

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“Sex Offender” Halloween hysteria huge waste of time, money

By Sandy . . . I will give Louisiana credit for one thing: They don’t leave anyone guessing as to their cruelty and their ridiculousness. They codify it right into their laws. As we saw during the hurricane crises, a section of their law, RS29:726(i), states, “That a registered sexual offender shall not knowingly be housed or sheltered in shelters, hotels,…

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National RSOL challenges media: Stop feeding the hysteria

  Replete with countless stories flowing forth from every region in the nation, a national civil rights organization dedicated to restoring constitutional protections to registered sex offenders is calling on media professionals to cease so called “ride alongs” with local law enforcement officers on Halloween. Whether it is called Operation Trick or Treat, Operation Blackout, Operation Boo, or some other…

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RSOL seeks help finding victim of Halloween myth

National RSOL, an organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the civil rights of registered sex offenders, is challenging the nation’s media to find JUST ONE case of predation by a registered sex offender against a trick-or-treating minor. Just one. Ever. Now that it’s Halloween, articles are doubling and tripling and quadrupling the predictable warning about the dangers trick-or-treating children face…

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Sex offender danger at Halloween — truth or fiction?

On October 31, towns and cities all over the United States will enforce ordinances prohibiting registered sex offenders and their households from participating in Halloween activities. These restrictions generally require registrants to wear no costumes, remain off the streets during trick-or-treat hours, display no lights or decorations at their homes, and give out no candy. More extreme jurisdictions will also…

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‘Pokémon Go’ sex offender ban is nonsense

By STEVEN YODER . . . Last last month, two state senators in New York—Jeffrey Klein and Diane Savino—issued a report laying out an apparently scary set of numbers. In New York City, Pokémon from Pokémon Go were spotted in front of the homes of 57 people on the state sex registry. Fifty-nine Poké gyms or Pokéstops and 73 other…

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Pokemon needs to check sex offender registry

By Sandy….. The current Pokemon Go craze is sweeping the nation and raising concerns this could put children and youth in “proximity” to registered sex offenders. This is shaping up to be the new “Halloween boogie-man” scare. Now that enough people have said often enough and loudly enough that there is no statistical increased sexual risk to children in connection…

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An open letter to New York’s Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and DOCCS Commissioner Brian Fischer:

By Sandy, RSOL Board….. A true Halloween horror happened in your state this year. A horrific auto-pedestrian accident claimed the lives of three people, one of them a ten-year-old trick-or-treater. The others were family members who were with her. Additionally, three more pedestrians were injured, one, a three year old child, critically. The rest of the nation grieves with you…

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