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OP-ED: For a Child Sex Offender, Once Online, Always Online

The first time I was called a sex offender, I was 13. These words meant nothing to me. The only context I had for them was the old man down the street who parents whispered about, saying he was a sex offender.

In fact thinking back, the term had always been applied to old men. So the words hit me with very little meaning. I would later learn that this label was how society would define me for the rest of my life. Full Op-Ed Piece

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  1. td777

    No Josh, we shouldn’t be labeling anyone under 18 as sex offenders. But then, we shouldn’t be labeling anyone who has completed their parole or probation as such either.

  2. Tired of hiding

    Society used to burn people as witches as well. Society has never been too bright when it comes to individual rights.

    America used to be known as a country where everyone got a second chance.

    Not those labelled “sex offenders” which is a stupid sound bite term and nothing more.

    This is only going to get worse as America continues to spiral the drain into history.

  3. mike

    Wow this is a very very sad day in America when a child can be convicted of and labeled for life as a sexual offender just because of his sexual curiosities as a child. The gov.and people have turned perfectly natural curiosities into crimes because they are to lazy or stupid to be able to educate and guide kids in the right derections. It makes me sick what happened to this guy and thousands more like him.

  4. mike

    Man its realy suprising that no rso has went on killing sprees over these draconian laws. It just shows that most of these people are not the monsters they are made out to be.

    • Timmr

      Err, that actually happened when two RSO’s allegedly went on a killing spree in Orange County recently. It is significant that these individuals were on the registry, wearing the magical tracing devises that were supposed to keep them from harming anyone, were driven homeless by the residency restrictions, were living in conditions where they had nothing to lose, and had gone through our great prison system, which teaches people to hate rather than to empathize. More lives lost rather than saved. It is surprising this doesn’t happen more often, and that more people aren’t calling out for a wholesale reevaluation of our criminal injustice system.

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