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The Boy On The Bus: When Sex Offender Registries Aren’t Enough

My husband carries a photo of me in his wallet tucked behind credit cards, his driver’s license and carefully folded bills. I ask him to give it to me as we stand in the reception area of the jail in Tama County, Iowa, in December 2015. He looks ready to ask: Why? Then, he silently pulls it from his wallet. Full Essay

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  1. American Detained in America

    While I get that she feels victimized by the guy, this is the kind of lying propaganda that feeds the hysteria and makes life bordering on not worth it for so many of us, making the author just as disgusting in my eyes as she sees us.

  2. Eric

    So she goes on this endlessly verbose, blathering, self-righteous rant discounting all current data to come to the ludicrous conclusion that if only everyone was on registry they wouldn’t offend again. I think that was her conclusion. The article was so long and meandering and riddled with demagoguery over her trauma on the school bus as a child that I couldn’t really understand exactly what she was saying, but clearly her vitriol towards sex offenders (even though she was never actually a victim) was quite clear.

  3. HOOKSCAR

    Stopped reading this after the first paragraph. Don’t have time for “victims” that bathe in their self pity. I needed to get on with my life, she needs to also.

    • AJ

      Yeah, I’m with you. I made it a little further, but not very much. What ended my interest was this falsehood: “But I would learn from my interview with him and following him through the courts just how difficult it can be to put even convicted child molesters on these lists.” Difficult? Really? Since when and where?

      • Tim Moore

        Yeah, I was looking for her to give some examples to support this improbable statement, but none.

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