CA RSOL to Meet in Berkeley – February 20

California RSOL will meet in Berkeley on February 20 at the Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. and last about two hours. The meeting will feature guest speaker Nicole Pittman, an advocate for juvenile sex offenders, and is open to registrants of all ages, family members and supporters.

During the meeting, discussion topics will include residency restrictions, international travel and parole/probation conditions. Attendees will also be provided an opportunity to provide input regarding challenges they are currently facing.

There is limited free parking available at the meeting site and additional parking nearby at 2131 Curtis Street. The site is within walking distance of BART.

Attendance at the meeting is free and light refreshments will be available.

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Tell other knowns, other RSO’s. Invite. Close Family Members. Bring donations as well.

I’ll be there with a guest. We’ve gone 3x already and we learn about new things each time and receive good tips and info on how we can help and be helped. Thanks Janice, Frank, and everyone who’s involved in putting this together!

I am looking forward to this meeting and the discussion that can pursue from it. The topic is extremely important to me since deciding to take this road with my partner. Him and I have much to learn about the system and its rules, so I’m starting early. He has a year left and I’m working hard to find us a home upon his return after 8 years of prison. The knowledge that I can obtain from this meeting is important. Thank you!

Rather than the “hug the person next to you” routine, I would suggest a better activity would be for participants to simulate how to answer properly to registry compliance checks. For instance, one participant can play the part of the overbearing cop insisting on information, and the “registrant” would practice establishing his rights by denying answers.

Perhaps a workshop that could be vetted for legal situations can be created. I’ve been working on one myself, and will share it later on. It is one thing to know our rights, but quite another thing to assert them when the cop is actually at the door. The practice used in these exercises can help the registrant successfully assert his rights with less likelihood of panic.