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Move to Abolish US Sex Offender Register – petition gets underway

TheOpinionSite.org reports that a petition has been launched in the United States to put an end to the Sex Offender Register (SOR) in America, a move that many believe should be emulated here in the UK.

The British SOR came about as a result of successive governments seeking to copy the US in its vindictive and politically beneficial drive against those regarded as society’s pariah. Although the UK SOR is not yet quite as unjust as that in America, it is catching up fast with politicians and Home Secretaries of all persuasions trying to outdo each other in enforcing more and more restrictions on those who have already served their sentences and, in theory at least, paid their debt to society.

For those who like to make capital of whatever kind from the exploitation of sex offenders and other sociological outcasts, it is worth remembering that what is applied to one group of people today can easily be applied to a different group tomorrow, a group that might just include you.

TheOpinionSite.org now publishes details of the petition that has been launched in the US. We are grateful to cfcamerica.org for their submission:


A petition to abolish the public sex offender registry in America has been
established. 

The National Public Sex Offender Registry, Sex Offender Registration
Notification Act, (SORNA) and the Adam Walsh Act is counter productive to
the safety of men, women and children in society.

Not only does the Public Sex Offender Registry banish all those upon the
registry including their innocent children, but also it actually has been
shown to create a heightened potential for recidivism among ex offenders who
would be otherwise law abiding citizens.

PATTY WETTERLING SPEAKS TO THE ISSUES:

We need better answers.
We need to fund prevention programs that stop sexual violence before it
happens.
We need to look at what can help those released from prison to succeed so
that they don't victimize again -- and that probably means housing and jobs
and treatment and community support.
Given that current laws are extremely popular, taking truly effective
measures may exact a high political price.
But that's surely not too much to pay to prevent the kidnap, rape or murder
of another child.

and

I am worried that we're focusing so much energy on naming and shaming
convicted sex offenders that we're not doing as much as we should to protect
our children from other real threats. 

Many states make former offenders register for life, restrict where they can
live, and make their details known to the public. And yet the evidence
suggests these laws may do more harm than good. ...From her article,
<http://cfcamerica.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2490:pat
ty-wetterling-the-harm-in-sex-offender-laws-by-patty-wetterling&catid=3:news
&Itemid=327> THE HARM IN SEX OFFENDER LAWS

Placing the name, age, address, crime, place of employment and many pieces
of information on a Publicly accessible website creates a state of constant
instability for the ex offenders and their families.

EMPLOYMENT FOR EX-OFFENDERS

Employment is basically not an option as all job applications ask if the
prospective employee has ever been convicted of a sex crime. Not only that,
but employers do not want to wear the stigma of having an employee listed on
the public shaming sex offender registry as working at their business.
Employers fear loss of customers due to the stigma.

HOUSING FOR EX-OFFENDERS

Anyone who is on the public sex offender registry faces huge challenges when
seeking to rent housing. Not only is there residency restrictions which make
it almost impossible to find suitable housing in many cities but also many
rental applications ask if a person is on the registry...once that is
disclosed.. the applicant is denied.

EFFECTS OF THE PUBLIC SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY ON THE INNOCENT CHILDREN OF
EX-OFFENDERS

The innocent children of ex offenders suffer great amounts of pain and
humiliation due to their parent being on the registry. The registration laws
were created to protect children from being raped and molested. But in fact,
the very registration laws created to protect children are the tools used by
government and state law enforcement to rape and molest innocent children
with their laws.

Children of ex offenders have been found to not only be bullied, ostracized,
ridiculed, humiliated, excluded and treated as lepers by fellow students and
neighbors in their communities but also have suffered by having to live sub
standard lives economically due to the parent not being able to find
employment or start their own businesses due to the stigma of being on the
registry.

The innocent children of ex offenders should not have to undergo all the
stigma of their parent being on the registry. But they do.

BIGGER GOVERNMENT AT TAX PAYER'S EXPENSE FOR LAWS WHICH ARE PROVEN TO BE NOT
ONLY INEFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING SOCIETY BUT ALSO INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR
RECIDIVISM OF THE EX-OFFENDER

SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act seek to expand the Public Sex Offender Registry
and all the attached laws and regulations. SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act seek
to increase the number of support staff nationwide and have YOU the tax
payers fund it.

What the proponents of these laws do NOT tell you is that on every level
they are a failure. The public registry is a failure. Residency restrictions
are a failure at protecting society. GPS Monitoring has NEVER protected a
single person from a crime being committed. These laws are like a huge
balloon which is everincreasingly becoming larger while the citizens become
less safe due to the ineptness of these laws in protecting society.

Everyone who knows anything about GPS monitoring knows it protects NO ONE.
The only thing GPS monitoring can do is tell you where a person has been. It
cannot tell you what they have been doing. Many cases where people were on
the registry, wearing GPS tracking devices and still raped and murdered
people. The registry, residency restrictions and GPS tracking did NOTHING to
protect those victims. Nor will they protect YOU.

ALL WHO ARE ON THE REGISTRY ARE OPEN TARGETS FOR VIGILANTES, MANY HAVE
ALREADY BEEN KILLED AND ASSAULTED FOR SIMPLY BEING ON THE REGISTRY

Anyone who can use Google or Bing can find news stories of law abiding
citizens who were on the registry but were murdered or beaten or assaulted
for simply being on the registry. Nobody who is on the registry is safe from
anyone who seeks to do them harm. Being on the registry is an open
invitation for murder and assault. This extends to the innocent family
members of the ex offender.  Innocent women and children who reside in the
homes of ex offenders can be burned alive, shot, assaulted just because
their parent happens to have his or her name, address and place of
employment listed on the national shaming public sex offender registry.
<http://on-vigilantism.blogspot.com/> LINK TO FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE

<http://sexoffenderresearch.blogspot.com/2009/02/murdered-in-united-states-2
008.html> Murdered in the United States - 2008: Registered Sex Offenders &
Others.

The total number of People who were murdered who were on the Public Sex
Offender Registry up to the year 2008 is 55. Fifty Five people have been
murdered up to 2008 for simply being a registered ex sex offender.

<http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_v91X0X8kln4/SZx6rGKH0mI/AAAAAAAABfw/dVqyvrXT9oA/s
1600-h/a-deaths-2008-graph.jpg> VIEW GRAPH CLICK HERE

<http://sexoffenderresearch.blogspot.com/2009/02/murdered-in-united-states-2
008.html> Complete Article Click Here

This information clearly shows being on the registry makes a person and
their family a target for murder and assault.

MANY WHO ARE ON THE REGISTRY ARE BANNED BY LAW FROM PRACTICING THEIR
RELIGION 

As many churches have children who attend, as worshiping God is a Family
setting...many persons on the public sex offender registry who seek to
attend church are not permitted to do so by law. This is a direct violation
of the Constitutional prohibition against prohibiting a person to practice
their religion freely.

"This law makes it illegal to do things that are not wrong, like go to
church," says Glen Gerding, Nichols' attorney. "When does the state stop
interfering with a church's business? Will pastors be charged as an
accessory for letting a known sex offender sit in a front-row pew and
worship?"
 <http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1929736,00.html> Should Sex
Offenders Be Barred from Church?

Read more:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1929736,00.html#ixzz17Zcv0B3y

Our First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Once placed upon the public sex offender registry, many persons are denied
the ability to attend the church of their choice by law.

EDUCATION, PROPER SENTENCING AND TREATMENT IS THE KEY

Educating society about how to protect themselves and their children from
sexual abuse should be the very most important aspect when seeking to reduce
the occurrence of sexual abuse. Teaching parents exactly Who is a danger to
their children. Anyone whom they trust enough to leave alone anywhere with
their child is the person who could molest them. Fathers, Step Fathers,
Grand Parents, Brothers, Cousins, Uncles, Pastors, Priests, Youth Leaders,
Teaches, Coaches, Music Instructors...the list is endless... Anyone who you
leave your child alone with can be the one who molests them. 

Studies have shown 95% of all rapes and molestations occur by people known
well by the victims. Similarly, rapes of adults most often occur when
someone trusts another person. 

Again, statistics show 95% of all rapes are committed by persons known and
trusted by the victim. Educating the public in all the above information is
key in reducing incidents of rape and child molestation. 

Another key piece of knowledge is the fact that 95% of people on the sex
offender registry will NEVER commit another sex crime. 

While law enforcement is getting your tax dollars to monitor over 700,000
ex-offenders, the 5% which actually need to be either in prison or should
have been put to death are out there re-committing crimes. 

Proper Sentencing of those who are convicted of sexual crimes is another key
to solving the sexual abuse problem in America. Presently, most people
convicted of crimes are basically sentenced to prison and then released. 

Pre-sentence investigations including psychiatric evaluations are the very
most important element when considering a sentence for a convicted person.
Determining if a person will be likely to re-offend is how to protect
society. If the person shows no remorse for their crime, they will most
likely commit more crimes once released.

Sending people to prison without even evaluating if they show a propensity
to recommit more crimes then turning them loose on society once they serve
their time is insanity, but that is what the courts have been doing.

There are 4 types of people. 

1. Those who do not commit crimes.

2. Those who commit crimes but will never commit another crime.

3. Those who commit crimes but would not ever commit another crime if they
were treated by professionals.

4. Those who commit crimes and will commit more no matter the amount of
treatment.

The courts need to start evaluating each person who is convicted and
determine which of the four types above that person fits into, then,
sentence the person appropriately.

Then there would be no need for a public sex offender registry.

It is pure insanity to warehouse people in prison then turn them loose and
anticipate no new crimes will be committed.

Designing laws which properly sentence those who are convicted of crimes is
the key. That and treatment for those who will be released back into society
after their sentence is completed will be the only tools which are effective
in curbing the sexual assaults in this country.

Sex and Violence in the media

One other huge aspect, all the sex and violence in the media, game consoles,
television, theaters, and yes, the internet has been shown to have a direct
impact on behaviors.

Over 1000 studies - including a Surgeon General's special report in 1972 and
a National Institute of Mental Health report 10 years later - attest to a
causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some
children. Studies show that the more "real-life" the violence portrayed, the
greater the likelihood that it will be "learned." - American Academy of
Pediatrics Policy Statement, Volume 95, Number 6 - June 1995
<http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp> CLICK HERE TO READ FULL
ARTICLE

People are products of their environments and if their environments are
saturated with sex, violence and sexually violent content, large numbers
will act out what they have seen. Pumping sex and violence into the minds of
the people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is creating a heightened state of
sexual appetites in the citizens.

A study of 1792 adolescents ages 12-17 showed that watching sex on TV
influences teens to have sex. Youths who watched more sexual content where
more likely to initiate intercourse and progress to more advanced noncoital
sexual activities in the year following the beginning of the study. Youths
in the 90th percentile of TV sex viewing had a predicted probability of
intercourse initiation that was approximately double that of youths in the
10th percentile. Basically, kids with higher exposure to sex on TV were
almost twice as likely than kids with lower exposure to initiate sexual
intercourse. - Study Conducted by RAND and published in the September 2004
issue of Pediatrics.   <http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp>
Full Report

IN SUMMARY:

Those who abuse others need to be dealt with by our Criminal Justice System.
If the job of catching, trying and sentencing a person for their crime is
done properly, there is no need for a public sex offender registry.

Dangerous people should not even be sent back out into society in the first
place. 

Releasing a person from prison then branding them as an outcast, a leper and
heaping so many regulations and laws upon them that they are Setup to Fail..
is not humane nor is it Justice.

The public shaming of ex-offenders needs to stop. The public sex offender
registry needs to be abolished and outlawed nationally.

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BELOW IS THE LINK TO THE PETITION

SIGN THE PETITION TO TAKE THE PUBLIC SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY DOWN

SHORT LINK TO THE PETITION
 <http://bit.ly/f7Z4MJ> http://bit.ly/f7Z4MJ

15 Responses to Move to Abolish US Sex Offender Register – petition gets underway

  1. StephanieFinley
    August 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

    Thanks so much for raising this issue. Unfortunately, it is a pity to read about such criminal acts against humanity. What should we expect then from the American society? I actually don’t know why Google doesn’t make it much more easier easier to find this kind of stuff. http://bigessaywriter.com/blog/essay-help-online

  2. riley long
    February 13, 2016 at 7:28 am

    The sad fact is that children have been molested since the beginning of time and they will continue to be molested. There are pedophiles in all walks of life, from the well educated and wealthy to the street pauper. No registry or any other thing will change this. How do you stop a father with a spotless record from molesting his young child who isn’t even old enough to speak? You can’t. It’s going to happen. It’s not the registered sex offender you should worry about, it’s the person you’ve never even heard of. It is absolutely impossible to prevent pedophiles from doing whatever they are going to do. I don’t worry about sex offenders, where they live, where they work or if they go to the local park, for one simple reason. I watch my child.

  3. williamgarland
    October 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I heartily concur, with all of the above and wish them every success in their goal in getting rid of the SOR, SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act and as Mr Peytors also writes, we need some similar movement here too! We are the only country in Europe, with a sex offneders register, are they so wrong and we’re so right, do they have so much less sex offenders?, are reconviction rates higher?, I bet the answer is no.

    But where do I ask, are the civil liberties groups, left leaning writers, journalists, newspapers (we have a couple on the left), msgazines etc. Why has there been utter silence from the likes of Shami Chakrabarti, Henry Porter, Chris Mullin, Helena Kennedy on the grave civil liberties inplications of this register, and its been in existence for 14 years now and the only person I remember speaking out against it at the time it was enacted was, beleive it or not a former Tory MP, and Times journalist, Matthew Parris. Henry Porter, is interesting, because for years now, he has regarded himself as the self appointed champion of our liberties in the Observer, with endless articles on the treatment of terrorist suspects or the right of demonstrators and whether that lone protester against British forces in Afghanastan (whom personally, I found a bit of a bore), had the right to protest behind or in front of a certain barrier in front of the House of Commons, the last, certainly, trivial stuff, compared to how people are treated on the sex offenders register, and have there been any articles from Mr Porter condemning this register, yeah, you bet, nothing!

    Yes, I am sure people will say, those who have commited serious sexual offences (particularly against children), deserve all they get. But, let us not forget, that there are many people on it, that have been wrongfully convicted, and there are many others who are on it for trivial things, such as sunbathing in their garden naked, or opening their front door without their clothes on. So for example, if a shoplifter, or someone in possession of a small amount of drugs were to be told, after the punishment they received in court that they had to sign a register, where all future movements will be monitered and restricted, if they move home they will have to notify the police of the change of address, or even if they go on holiday, they will have to do the same and as regards overseas travel, probably denied permission and on their return, within three days, have to report to the police again, all with the dire threat of a return to court, to face a possible five years in prison, and these stringent conditons lasting for a minimum of five years. I think we can all immagine the outraged reaction from messers Chakrabarti, Porter and Kennedy then.

    This is why the Opinion site, is such a breath of fresh air, it is the only place I know, that seriously discusses these issues unlike the above people whom I can only beleive secretly support the Sex Offenders Register and probably hope, that it will be made even tougher.

    • Raymond Peytors - theopinionsite.org
      October 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you for your kind comments. – RP

  4. Tyree Estabrooks
    January 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    A lot of comments in so little time, I have to agree, its a great blog. the site is outstanding

  5. Defense Lawyer
    January 4, 2011 at 6:52 am

    You make a lot of good points but I think I can elaborate on a few of them. I will collect my thoughts and be back. What a great site, I am going to add it to my blogroll.

  6. church duncan sc
    December 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Awesome post! I don’t know why Google doesn’t make it easier to find this kind of stuff…. Keep it coming though!

  7. Albert
    December 10, 2010 at 1:11 am

    This public shaming has to stop. People are being murdered because vigilantes have found their information, posted by the government (!), on the web. The government adds people daily to this list in the U.S., including minors. The list serves the government by taking peoples’ minds off of the war and the economy and gives them someone to hate and feel better than. For whatever reason, it is human nature (especially in the U.S.) to have to feel superior to someone else. This “list” gives people the whereabouts of those who they can feel superior to and 99% of the time get away with assaulting and even killing. This must stop!

  8. merlin
    December 10, 2010 at 12:28 am

    The only thing stopping the British from going the same way as the americans on this is the European Convention on Human Rights. Without that – God help us

  9. libertarian_guy
    December 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

    1. Violates ex post facto provision of the constitution. 2. Expensive. 3. Ineffective. If you really want to protect people, keep the really dangerous in jail longer. That is the only thing that would prevent recidivism.

  10. Allan
    December 9, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I am sad to read such a criminal and barbaric act against humanity, but then
    what would you expect from the American society, known throughout the whole of Europe as a nation of gun slinging cowboys, some of them still have that age old blood lust, they still need something to hunt down to satisfy their driven ego, fortunately their are many wonderfull Americans that don’t fit that criteria . The only other country that uses similar traits to the u.s.a is the united kingdom of great Britain, hated by all other eu countries as a
    backward country with linch mob law attitude I fail to grasp where the united word comes from” unless their referring to the Americans in which case why not make the u.k a u.s state, it wouldn’t be any worse of than it is now.

  11. patricia w
    December 9, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Few people know, and not enough care how many non-dangerous men (usually) are on the ever-expanding registry. Most are on there for minor sexual offenses. American has gotten crazier and crazier about sex.
    Who likes the registry? Drama-driven news media, unscrupulous politicians, overly zealous states attorneys and extremely obsessive, overly fearful people who think there’s a dangerous pedophile behind every bush or playground tree.
    These laws are so out of control. Many totally innocent people, i.e. families and friends of people who engage in public urination, downloaded porn (that had a 15 yr. old on it…bundled with adult porn…how many guys would check to make sure of the age of a sexy adolescent? ), men who have had consensual sex with an adolescent prostitute who may have lied to him and the police about her age, and then worst of all teens themselves who text a sexual picture of themselves or a friend to another teen….all these things and more (mooners, streakers) end up on the bloated registry. Oh, and the very very worst group who benefit by it are the Garrido’s , the truly dangerous small number who are better able to hide (THINK 18 YEARS GARRIDO DID !) and not be watched as well because the police can’t keep track of this ever-expanding bunch of people.

  12. December 9, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    The National Public Sex Offender Registry Needs to Come Down – Sign the Petition Change.org http://t.co/3XMQYLJ

  13. December 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you for publishing this .
    You will never know how much you have helped little children, men and women who are being banished by these laws.
    Thank you for all you do Opinion Site!

    • Andromeda - theopinionsite.org
      December 9, 2010 at 9:39 pm

      TheOpinionSite.org is grateful for your support.

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