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No crime, charge, or conviction? No problem; you could still be punished

By Sandy . . . Everyone will not agree, but it is my belief that much sexual offense policy is driven by a sincere desire to protect children and reduce the risk of harm to them. The fact that the greatest part of such policy is ineffective, often actually harmful, and at times appears to be blatantly unconstitutional is very…

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The cornerstone: Paul Shannon and his legacy of reform

By Robin . . . In February 2019, renowned author and social activist Judith Levine gave a presentation entitled “The Feminist & The Sex Offender” at an event primarily sponsored by the Sex Offender Policy Reform Initiative (SOPRI). While I was unable to attend, after viewing the YouTube video of her talk, I found it to be very informative and…

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NARSOL opens new position, names its first marketing director

By Robin . . . NARSOL is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael McKay as its first director of marketing. Currently the editor of The Registry Report, contributing editor and a director for LifeTimes Magazine, and founding host of Registry Report Radio, Michael has more than twenty years of experience in a wide array of professional marketing activities. Michael served admirably in…

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Give to NARSOL on #GivingTuesday

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27th is #GivingTuesday We need you to help support our work to fight the scourge of sex offender registries by giving to NARSOL’s foundation and legal fund today. Together, with gifts from hundreds of other registered citizens, their families, supporters and friends, your gift to Vivante Espero on #GivingTuesday sustains our efforts to educate the general public, challenge…

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Building bridges

By Brenda . . . The annual international conference for the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) was held this year in Vancouver, British Columbia. This is a very large conference – over a thousand people there. NARSOL decided to staff a booth at the event for the first time, and I was joined by Cindy Prizio from Connecticut. The first day (Wednesday)…

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Robin Vander Wall: A life not destroyed

Reprinted with permission from LifeTimes Magazine, Fall, 2018 By Brian Davidson . . . Robin had a choice to make. He could let his past dictate his future, or he could decide to use his past experiences to make a difference in the lives of other people. He chose the latter. Like many others, Robin lost everything after his conviction. After years of schooling, he was finally going to get his law…

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NARSOL in Vancouver at ATSA conference

NARSOL’s ED Brenda Jones and Cindy Prizio, the ED of our Connecticut affiliate group CT for One Standard of Justice, are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the Association for Treatment of Sexual Offenders’ 37th research and treatment conference. The conference kicked off  October 17th and will continue through Saturday, the 20th. The theme of the conference is “Better Together”…

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Skenazy, NARSOL tell Patch, “Quit printing those maps!”

By Lenore Skenazy . . . Every year around Halloween time, Patch, the news website specializing in local coverage around the country, publishes maps that show where sex offenders live. Patch claims this is some kind of public service, even though a thorough study of 67,000 cases of child molestation found zero increase in sex crimes against children on Halloween. The vast majority of crimes against…

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NARSOL files amicus brief to Supreme Court, joins another

By Robin . . . The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), along with its North Carolina affiliate NCRSOL, has filed an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in an ex post facto case that originated in a North Carolina Superior court in September, 2014. The case is styled In Re: Anthony Rayshon Bethea and was last…

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