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CO: Should we stop labeling people ‘sex offender’?

KUSA – A state regulatory board debated Friday whether the label “sex offender” was too stigmatizing to people who committed sex crimes.

Colorado’s Sex Offender Management Board regulates treatment, rehabilitation, and monitoring of sex offenders. Friday’s board meeting included a vote whether to eliminate the word “sex offender” from the board’s official policies. Suggestions for replacement words included “clients,” “defendants” and “individuals.” Full Article

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As much as we all don’t like the SO term, I don’t think the public will be more accepting of us just because of a title change. Although I personally prefer the term Registered Citizen. Especially since not all RSO actually committed a sexual act.

You know what – The use of the “N” word it LAWSUIT material. So why don’t we declare
“sex offender” just as offensive? Our voice has power. We need to start speaking up and also putting pen to paper. “The pen is mightier than the sword”

The difference is N is a protected class and SO is not.

I personally never label myself with this horrible label. Why? Because I am NOT a sex offender. I am a dad, business owner, a person. I did commit a sex offense, 20 plus years ago, but I refuse to be defined by that offense. And I refuse to label myself that because the gov’t wants to label me. It is so counterproductive to rehabilitation. Its demoralizing. Its shameful. I am better than that, and you should not label yourself that either.

Right Jo. Sex offender is a label used to affix certain immutable character traits on a person. Language is important in drawing pictures in the mind. That’s why all groups seeking to liberate or oppress people, focus heavily on language. It’s a powerful way of getting control over the dialogue. No nigger for people of color, no retard for people with limited intelligent, no faggot for a homosexual or transgender person, no sex offender for someone who completed their time. I am spelling out the words, so you can see how emotionally charged they really are. I don’t think I… Read more »

So long as this is not being used to justify denial of PC to incarcerated RSO’s, which is prison policy in Colorado last I heard.

It has always bugged me that the words “Sex Offender” is applied to anyone who’s been convicted of a sex crime. (or even crimes that have absolutely nothing to due with sex, such as kidnapping, or peeing in the brush on the side of a highway because there are no restrooms anywhere for a 100 miles) When you leave your past behind you and move forward in life at a good citizen, you should the “sex offender” term implies the person continually commits sex crimes. I make a point never to use that terminology and have opted to move to… Read more »

Yes we should stop labeling people as sex offenders and don’t even get me started on “sex crimes” that don’t involve sex or are not hands on.

Looking a bit broader than just us RCs, one might bear in mind that there are, in truth, many “sex offenders” amongst the general population – we are just the ones who were convicted of an offense. The kid who went streaking when he or she is was a minor is a juvenile sex offender (unconvicted) or who played “doctor” with a friend: sex offender (unconvicted). The trucker who peed by the side of the road, but was not arrested: sex offender (unconvicted). And how about those others who actually did commit a sex crime but were never caught: the… Read more »

Yah, you don’t earn the label until you are convicted, which makes sense on one level, because the public doesn’t really know someone is an offender unless convicted. On the other hand, people should feel safer once the offender is caught, but quite the contrary. This labeling also hinders people getting the help they might need, before things get way too out of hand. How many times has Jane Doe noticed that Uncle Doe (who has never been convicted of anything)is spending way too much time alone putting the nieces to bed with the door closed, or maybe worried that… Read more »

I do have to agree with Colorado. Labeling someone as a sex offender sounds rather derogatory. In summary, it’s almost like once your labeled, your always a perpetrator and incapable of being rehabilitated. I think people need to realize that when people marry, obtain jobs, develop financial responsibilities and have children is really when people grow up and move forward with their lives. I can recall as a young man getting a hair cut at a barber shop/the owner was almost bragging that he had just fired another man who he found out had learned the trade in prison and… Read more »

One kidnapping conviction and you are on the registry for life with the COSOMB tiered proposal.

If you call recall the case of fitroy barnaby, who slammed the brakes of his car and grabbed a girl’s arm ,well a teenage, not a toddler, and chastised her, of course fitzroy was 28 not a creepy old man, but he was forced to register as a “sex offender” based I guess on false imprisonment of a minor. If a non-parent temporarily detains somebody else besides their own children, even if its brief and no other malicious events take place and its not suspicious, they are forced into the “Adam walsh act lifetime mandate” as a “sex offender”. So… Read more »

Language is important. Therefore, it is time for a new word, phrase or acronym to describe a person who has been convicted of a sex offense even when that offense did not include physical touching of another. In the past, I have used “registered citizen” to emphasize that the individual is a citizen who is entitled to the protections of the U.S. Constitution. I have also used “registrant” because it is shorter but I think lacks the important message of his/her civil rights. Further, I have used “290” because it refers back to the Penal Code section that requires individuals… Read more »

Whatever term is used to describe someone who is subjugated to these humiliating laws, “sex offender” is the universal “N” word. Don’t call us “niggers,” “crackers,” “whitey,” “chinks,” “japs,” “spicks,” “midgets,” or “sex offenders.” Society has finally fashioned a guilt-free lightning rod by which to channel all of their hate, and which crosses cultural, ethnic, political, and socioeconomic boundaries. If I have to be a “sex offender,” then other people should be have to be called “wife beaters,” “emotional neglecters,” “animal abusers,” “theives,” “liars,” “drunks,” “sluts,” “womanizers,” “family deserters,” “embezzlers,” “fraudsters,” and “academic cheaters.” The world is full of people… Read more »

How about “clients”? Although in most cases your clients will be all 290’s, in some cases you may want to focus on the laws affecting juveniles or maybe loosening up laws for low level offenders. We are all different. Or maybe those completing their sentences should call ourselves reformed citizens. Imagine passing a park ban for “reformed citizens”.

Hysteria Pawn (sarcasm)

“Megan’s Law Outcasts”

Political pawns or political prisoners? Both work for me because that’s exactly what we are as long as this continues. We are imprisoned within this country, treated as pariahs with fewer rights than any other citizen in this country, to be used an exploited every time there is an election up for grabs.

I am trying to use the word “people” as much as possible.

RC is a good usage “Registered Citizens” is something we might want to stay with .
One idea I had was take the “S” off of Sex Offender and make it
” _ex Offender” . “Registered _ex Offender” REO instead of RSO .
Ie I’m a Registered EX Offender (REO)
Just a thought .

Registrant or Registered Citizen are preferable over SO in my humble opinion. One problem with the term Registered Citizen is that registrants who are not US citizens would be left out. The people we hear about in the news, news conferences on such and such number of illegal alien sex offenders nabbed caught trying to enter the country. Assuming these people are originally from countries south of our border , Mexico and Central America, they would not be represented and may feel left out of movements to improve their situations, but on the other hand, when they get denied entry… Read more »

Registrant or Sex Offender, the terms really were not used that much before the 1990’s panic. The term goes hand in hand with the Megan’s laws and would fade away with these laws, if they are found unconstitutional or otherwise invalid. Maybe showing the term sex offender as what it is, a derogatory and arbitrarily applied term will help change the laws.

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