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“World’s Worst Mom” to speak at 6th RSOL National Conference

Lenore Skenazy, (www.freerangekids.com) blogger, public speaker, and reality show host is the keynote speaker at the 6th annual conference of Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc. being held in Dallas, Texas, July 16-19, 2014.

She was given the title of the World’s Worst Mom after, at his insistence, she dropped her nine year old son at Bloomingdale’s in New York with a subway map and twenty dollars and allowed him to get home on his own. He did, and she has been simultaneously held in great admiration and in despised ridicule ever since. More Information

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  1. mike

    A great addition to the line-up. I saw her on an episode of “Penn And Teller Bull$#!t” a few years ago debunking “Stranger Danger”. Excellent show!

    Penn & Teller: Bull$#!t – Season 6 – Ep 67: Stranger Danger
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53HU2Rje9vU

    • Q

      High Mike:

      Your right, this is a good show. I wasn’t aware that the chances of a child being kidnapped by a stranger are 1 in 1.5 million, so the debating mother that said the chance of a child being kidnapped by a stranger are as likely as a child being struck by lightening is correct. I also thought the scared mother made her self look stupid because she is teaching her kids to fear one thing; strangers. Then if you listen to the mother of Samantha Runion (the 1 in 1.5 million kid), at least she has the fact’s right and recognizes that 95% of the time the abuser is someone close to the child. I think this is commendable after what happened to her child. Most parents in her situation would be screaming for more unconstitutional laws as they assemble a lynch mob of petty politicians and other public servants.

      I also thought the statements of the clinical psychologist are something innate to all human beings (knowing you’ll screw up your kid if you bring them up to fear people they don’t know) until they are exposed to fear based disinformation for long protracted periods of time and start believing the baseless fears, which parents then pass on to their children, I just didn’t know exposing a child to these kinds of false fears screwed them up that badly!

      I also really liked Lenore Skenazy. Her comparing the “stranger danger” myth to being scared of “boy raking leaves” is right on 🙂 She is right; America has lost it’s perspective.

      dis·in·for·ma·tion noun \ dis-ˌin-fər-ˈmā-shən\

      : false information deliberately and often covertly spread (as by the planting of rumors) in order to influence public opinion or obscure the truth

      • Tim

        I grew up being afraid of strangers. Probably was one of the factors leading to the stupid thing that messed up my life and other’s lives. Not healthy. I see all these “helicopter” parents around today and really worry about their kids, their emotional growth being stunted. I can not stress how important it is to feel the world is not out to get you all the time. As Holden Caufield learned in the novel Catcher in the Rye, about the pointlessness of standing at the edge of the cliff hoping to save one kid from running over the edge, you do more harm than good. This type of parent is why we have park bans, registry laws, etc etc. and kids that are afraid to be free; who grow into adults who like to deny freedom to others.

        • Q

          Hi Tim; Hi Mike

          When I was a kid I’d walk all over the place, just like all the other kids did, boy’s and girl’s. There wasn’t this manufactured fear based on false beliefs that many parents seem to have an unhealthy obsession with. I can remember walking through the orange groves on my way home from school and setting down and talking with the hobos at their hobo camp by the train tracks. Allot of the other kids did this too, and there never was any kind of problem. They were men just doing what they had to do to survive. They never tried to molest any child. I can also recall a time when there was a crime that involved an adult molesting a child that adult was punished, not like today when one instance of molestation causes thousands to be locked up and otherwise have their life ruined, even when they catch the person that committed the crime.

          It’s a sad thing now a days when you walk into a fast food joint and see a mother suspiciously eyeing any single male. Or you see kids looking suspiciously at single men who are in there just getting something to eat. What a sad way for a kid to live and a stupid belief for an adult to instill in a child. Sometimes I get these flashes of Nazi Germany when if you said, did or looked the wrong way at the wrong person your freedom and life could be at risk. The only thing the people that started this fear thing and the ones that carry it on have accomplished is they have turned neighbor against neighbor, and turned one segment of society against another. I can’t think of one good thing that has ever come of this whole baseless mess.

      • mike

        Actually the last sentence of your first paragraph rang true when Erin Runnion stood beside Susan Kang Scroeder at the various O.C. city hall meetings calling for unconstitutional park bans for registrants. At which, I believe Janice and Eric Knight among others stood in opposition. To empathize with Ms. Runnion though, I don’t know what my reaction to losing a child in that manner would be once I got past the catatonic phase. It seems many of these parents become obsessed trying to immortalize their lost child in one way or another. I just wish they would stop trying to punish me. I’m not a baby raping murderer.

        • Tim

          The institutionalization of revenge used to be restricted to the perpetrator for good reason. What would be the collateral consequences of locking up 750,000 people because there is a perceived chance 1 may commit murder? Well, the affects of incarceration and other punitive methods do not stay with the person locked up. Incarceration and registration causes poverty in the families of the accused. If anything contributes to crime, it is poverty, which in and of itself is a form of violence imposed by the social condition. If someone had killed my child, the thought makes me sick, I would want the perpetrator to suffer. Who wouldn’t. Hopefully, there would be a legal system in place to keep my desire for revenge in bounds for the common good. To have politicians use my grief to punish others that will never kill a child, let alone any other crime — now that is just turning grief into more grief and it would be, rather IS, hard to turn back.

  2. Janice Bellucci

    I highly recommend that those on the registry as well as their loved ones plus anyone who works in support of them attend this annual conference. The conferences always educate and inspire as well as provide hope for all. The facility at which the conference will be held is both loving and supportive.

    • A

      I will attend every meeting that I can, once I’m done with this ball n chain. Until then, I’m stuck within a 25 mile radius and the powers that be ain’t budging an inch. I aren’t budging an inch. As it is now, I set off alarms coming home from classes at the local college. Because they won’t extend my curfew. So technically, I only have between 9 and 24 minutes to get home. Or I lose everything for a 5 day trip to the clink. Great public policy! If I can help from my house I’ll be glad to pitch in. I have a home recording studio and I can write and play music.

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