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Collateral damage: Harsh sex offender laws may put whole families at risk

Research says that registries and residency bans leave children of sex offenders vulnerable to bullying, homelessness.

When ____ ____, 38, bolts from his desk around 5:30 most weeknights, he’s up against his most important deadline of the day. ____ is an audiovisual editor and social media manager at a Christian television studio in St. Petersburg, Florida. By the time he gets home, he and ____ , his wife of nine years, have just over three hours to make dinner for their three children, squeeze in a half-hour of playtime, get the kids bathed and dressed for bed, and read to them for a few minutes.

At 9:30 p.m. sharp, ____ kisses ____ , walks out the door and drives his van 12 miles to a spot at the end of a dirt road off Interstate 275. From there he calls her, and they read and pray together from the devotional Our Daily Bread before they fall asleep — ____ at home and ____ in the back of the van. Every couple of hours, ____ wakes up sweating and turns on the engine to run the air conditioner. ____ ’s name and photo appear on Florida’s public sex offender registry. Full Article


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  1. G4Change

    These restrictions are sickening! Welcome to the USSA. God help us…

  2. Q

    I suppose it’s better late than never! This is something we victims of the registry have known for a very long time. I guess we all have been right when pointing out that all of the reports of assaults, murders, threats, vandalism, kids being made social outcasts at a time in their lives when a social life is most important to them, whole families going homeless and hungry and any number of negative effects of the registry that go largely unnoticed and unreported.

    Is anyone ever going to point out the good the registry has done? I mean with cold hard facts and empirical proof that the registry is a good thing? I’ve been waiting a very long time and there still isn’t one single documented case of “just one child” being saved because of the registry or any kind of crime being prevented because of the registry.

    I’m also waiting for the majority of the system to acknowledge the facts about the registry and all associated laws. I’m still waiting for the truth to prevail.

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