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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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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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.

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?

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.