Sex offender registries discourage rehabilitation (Opinion)

Ten years ago, ____ ____ shared a bottle of vodka and played video games with a fourteen-year-old girl in his basement. The two engaged in sexual activity. When her father’s concern for her whereabouts led him to the home, she told him and the police she had no memory of the incident.

____ was sixteen. He was sentenced to five years, most suspended, and put on probation and the sex offender registry for ten years. Full Article

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Here’s that word again.

“It serves only to tell those like Jeffrey that no matter what you do, it will never be good enough. It removes the goal of rehabilitation from the justice system, leaving its only goal punishment.”

If it’s punishment…and everyone knows it is, then it is unconstitutional.

If you are being locked up and cutoff from family, assaulted by inmates, no source of rehabilitation, clever legislators passing bills that are unconstitutional and are inhumane all because of sexual offense regardless, shouldn’t this be a human rights issue and can it be possible to alert the UN, and get them to be aware of what’s going on hoping they will take action?

Americans don’t give a shit about rehabilitation, and haven’t for more than a generation.

“Do we let them know we appreciate they’ve turned their lives around? Do we show our pride in them for overcoming their earlier faults and choosing to go forward as contributing participants of community and society?”

“Or do we slap them down, giving them no incentive for being rehabilitated? Do we tell them, by our words, actions, and judgment that they might as well remain hoodlums, criminals, and sex offenders because they will never be forgiven?”

An excellent question for anyone who glorifies the registry as an asset to the community.

I encourage people to contact the Ocean Community YMCA and complain! This is crazy and wrong:

The YMCA does not only discriminate against those on the registry, but their roommates and families as well.
As the wife of an RSO, I and my children have been denied membership at the YMCA. The application form states that membership is refused to anyone who shares a residence with someone on the registry.

The same thing happened when I tried to enroll my children in Scouts.

We have been denied membership to many other groups as well.

The most difficult was 3 years ago when our son was in a coma for diabeticketoacidosis at diagnosis. The Ronald McDonald House refused to let us stay there while our son was hospitalized for 9 days. They finally agreed to let me stay, but stated my husband could not come within 500 yards of the property.

When my son was discharged, child protective services were waiting at our home for us when we got there.

I truly don’t understand how it’s legal to discriminate against my children and grandchildren for something their father/grandfather did before they were even born.

My children have very little social contact and no friends. When I step out and try to get them involved in things, the door is closed in our face.

What makes me sick is that my daughter as his victim is continuously punished for choosing to have a family. Her children are discriminated against for the crime committed by their grandfather against their mother.

The only thing I could do would be to leave my husband. I won’t do that. He’s a wonderful father and husband.

He has worked very hard to reunify with our daughter and our other children and myself. Only to watch his wife children and grandchildren be victimized by the police.

Once when the police came to search our house my husband was not home. My 6 year old daughter was in the shower and a male police officer stated he needed to check to see if my husband was with her. That shower had no curtain and I stood in front of the door and told him she was alone. She yelled through the door she was alone. The officer pulled a gun and pointed it in my face and forced the door open. My daughter still has nightmares about me being shot over 12 years later.

I guess that’s my reward for reporting the crime.

We’ll be at the emotional support meeting on the 10th.

I thought with time it would get easier, it’s gotten worse if nothing else.