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. ------------------- 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