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My Voice: Sex registry ‘does more harm than good’ (Opinion)

As citizens, we must be aware of what is going on in our Legislature. Prison is “big business;” educate yourself as to what is really happening in our society before you demand to know where every sex offender lives. America (the land of the free) is number one for incarcerating more of its citizens than any other country. There are currently 2.2 million incarcerated citizens in the nations’ prisons and jails. There are 3,432 registered sex offenders in South Dakota. Full Opinion Piece

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“Your child has a better chance of getting on the sex offender registry than being harmed by a person on the registry, but we continue to waste taxes on a system that does more harm than good.”

One of the many great points made by Mrs. Schaff in this opinion piece.


The committee agreed sex offenses have reached an epidemic and an emergency was declared. But to my disappointment, the task force is prepared (two years later) to take “action” after an offense; not one dime for prevention of a victim.

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Great opinion piece and the above quote is the most important reason for new offenses. If society only focuses on doing anything after an offense nothing will improve.

There never has been an “epidemic.” The same thing is being done with “sex trafficking.” I think people need to learn to recognize when they are being lied to and manipulated. This is a manufactured problem and the same thing is being done with “sex trafficking.”

Yes, I was taken aback by that, too. Certainly, there is not, nor has there ever been, an “epidemic” of sex offenses, only an epidemic of hysteria and overreaction.

Perhaps the author did not intend to affirm that assertion.

Also, I would argue that additional government spending to “prevent” sexual abuse is not needed. There is little that government can legitimately do (and still remain a non-police state) to prevent any crime, apart from supporting educational programs. But the messages regarding child sexual abuse cannot possibly infiltrate into society (or schools) any more than they already are. Society is completely obsessed with sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse is focused upon to the detriment of vastly more common dangers to kids e.g. parents who beat them (or kill them, to the rate of about 600/year in the U.S.), for instance or traffic safety which kills several thousand kids a year.

So, I’ll go on record as saying that RSOL’s message should not be to urge greater governmental efforts in the area of prevention. Contending that not enough is being done is hard to square with the rampant hysteria, including the hysterical overreactions of government, which are destructive of essential liberty.

“only an epidemic of hysteria and overreaction” based on lies. End of that story.

RSOL’s message should be to place greater efforts to get the government to acknowledge and tell the truth.

I agree, except I think it is not an epidemic, but something that has been going on a long time. There would be much more room for prevention if society would open up about the issue and allow some space for those who wish to to seek help. We do just the opposite, exclude the offender, bury him under a stereotype, put him in a prison were he has to deny what he did or face death.

Awesome piece!!!
As if you folks at CA-RSOL don’t have a million things on your plate, you also take the time to post excellent articles like these practically everyday. Thank you so much for doing this. I come here very often to read up on the good and the bad. It’s always encouraging to read pieces like these. Thank you!

Yes, I would also like to thank the people (person?) who maintains this site and moderates this forum. You seem to never sleep. I have never had to wait very long for any of my comments to post. Also, if I don’t check this site everyday, I might miss something important. Good job!

Let’s really push to end or amend this Registry. Lifetime banishment from society is punishment as egregious as the ostracizing of those afflicted with leprosy long ago….or more recently of those with HIV. Society also banished citizens afflicted with AIDS, but through educating, and advocacy, learned to accept the unfortunate sufferers back into the mainstream. Education, advocacy and reducing the stigma relating to crimes of a sexual nature will eventually promote common sense programs to handling sex offenses.

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