WA: Michael’s Story of Neighborhood Action

I have an interesting tale to tell about how I brought my work home earlier this year. My next door neighbor told me she had learned from another neighbor there was a Level 2 and a Level 3 sex offender living in the neighborhood. In Washington, the registration and community notification system uses a three-level system, using an actuarial risk assessment measure. The lowest risk offenders, according to this instrument, are Level 1’s. The highest risks are Level 3’s. Seattle Police had printed up flyers about these two men and given them to the block watch captain. Since both of these offenders had molested kids, the block watch captain distributed them to neighbors on his block that had children. Full Article

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What a crap article. Sure make the offenders confess their “sins” publicly to make everyone feel better…well guess what, they did their time and they have no one to answer to…especially a bunch of nosy neighbors with nothing better to do than look down at others.

I say, this sort of crap simply perpetuates the stereotype of those unfortunate enough to have the label of “sex offender” forced on them. Makes me sick!

5 years ago, while our son was briefly living with us, our neighbors found out that he was on the registry. Some vowed to get us removed from the home we had owned for 25+ years.
I asked to have a neighborhood meeting telling them that “given a chance to explain his circumstances”, (a brief relationship with a young women who he believed to be 19) that it “might” put their fears at ease.

No meeting ever took place, and to this day not one neighbor speaks to us.

Too much hysteria, too much hype and too much fear mongering. Immediately after my arrest I went to all my immediate neighbors and offered an explanation and details of my arrest. That seemed to satisfy most and they were very kind and understanding, some had even written letters on my behalf. That was 10 yrs ago, now living in a lousy neighborhood and won’t dare approach my neighbors. Few people are empathetic once they know and understand facts, but most are not. I know the deck is stacked against me, but I know that I’m able to overcome quite a lot of negative crap, even in this imposed social condition. I do watch my back, I’m always on guard and I live an open and transparent public life. Fortunately, I have friends that will fight for me.

Sorry therapists, you’re never going to create a situation where registrants or the public feel safe. It’s gone too far. At least you can call these two guys ex offenders. What message are you giving them, calling them child molesters.