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Rights group seeks halt to placing juveniles on public sex-offender registries

NEW YORK — Government authorities should end the practice of placing juveniles’ names on publicly accessible sex-offender registries, Human Rights Watch says in a report warning of lasting and unwarranted harm to some youths.

Some law enforcement officials and victims’ rights advocates agree the current registry system is flawed and support steps to allow more discretion in juvenile offenders’ cases. Offenses triggering inclusion on the registries can range widely — from rape to consensual sex between children to “sexting” of photos that depict nudity or sexual activity. Full Article

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  1. Joe

    I was kind of speechless after reading this…

    Human Rights Watch: RAISED ON THE REGISTRY – The Irreparable Harm of Placing Children on Sex Offender Registries in the US

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    • mike

      Thanks for posting the actual report. It will be interesting to see if the Attorney General and SMART will use the research to amend federal public policy or thumb their noses at it. I only read to pg.18. But I feel that most of their research crosses over into what adult registrants experience. I appreciate that they are conscientious of using the term Registrant as opposed to ‘Sex Offender’ throughout much of what I read. Very diplomatic and I hope it catches on.

  2. Mrs.F

    are you kidding me? I dont even know how to accurately put into words what I am thinking because this upsets me so much. if an underage person is doing the same thing an of age person is doing, he or she should suffer the same consequences! ” lasting and unwarranted harm to some youths.” this isnt just youths that this is happening to! this goes for everyone! I am so upset that they are going to do this. its hypocritical for lack of a better word.

    • J

      Maybe you ought to take the time to put it into substantive words so we can understand what you are “trying” to say. I can’t make heads or tails out of your post but it sounds like you are missing many pertinent facts about these cases – like so many others.
      Minors can’t vote, enter a binding contract or buy alcohol because the body of law does not believe they are at an age of reasoning. Those are reasons that other legal consequences should have limited reach as well, possibly with the exception of certain extreme cases. Sadly these public disclosures seem to primarily satisfy the hunger for revenge from society and don’t accomplish any of the practical goals they are packaged under when put into law. Emotional damage of any child in any case sanctioned by society is a shameful display of our “civilized” values.

  3. Diana

    Dear Mrs. F-

    Are you upset that there is the possibility of a minor/youth, who does not have the same cognitive and maturity level as an adult, being taken off the registry? Or are you saying it’s hypocritical to not consider taking an adult off?

    • Mrs.F

      i am horrible with my words.
      diane i meant the latter of your post.

    • Mrs.F

      and i mean it for like 16 and older doing these things. i think by then you are wise enough to understand that sexting and other things are not right in the eyes of the law

  4. Mrs.F

    to rephrase- the registry damages more than just the juvenile age group. while this is a good step, I am upset that ,for now, they are only interested in protecting one group simply because of their age.

    • Diana

      Can’t agree with you more. Sometimes it’s hard to put your thoughts into words on such emotional and frustrating subjects.

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