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Opinion: Place focus on worst sex offenders

State legislators should review laws regarding our sex offender registry in order to allow law enforcement to focus on the most dangerous.

We have no empathy for those individuals who committed violent sexual acts against any adult or minor.

But the requirements of sex offenders to register keeps local law enforcement officers checking up on some people who pose little risk to the public. Full Article

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The gist here that minor or lesser offenders should either not be subjected to SOR at all or for much shorter periods is good. But I am very highly offended by the assertion that that should be “no empathy for those individuals who committed violent sexual acts against any adult or minor.” And I see that line of thinking raise its ugly head too often, even in other threads at this Website. To my mind, empathy should apply to all. This is not saying to be reckless if dealing with someone prone to violence. This is to say that everyone… Read more »

Empathy and/or compassion is a necessary element in every society. It is also the highest goal in many wisdom traditions, such as Buddhism. We may not be able to achieve that goal in our lifetime, but it is still a worthy goal. And it is important to practice empathy and compassion on ourselves when we make mistakes, whether large or small as well as on others.

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