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The sex-offender panic is destroying lives

The video below tells the story of Shawna, an Oklahoma woman who is still in mandatory treatment because 15 years ago, when she was 19, she had sex with a boy who was 14. Full Opinion Piece

Also see

Shawna: A Life on the Sex Offender Registry

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  1. Alex

    I hope David Feige’s documentary “untouchable” which features these powerful emotional stories gets picked up by a major network like Discovery, A&E , AMC or HBO. It would be viewed by billions world wide and no doubt would win more awards.

  2. AJ

    Another Op-Ed in the WaPo…good to see! Between the NYT and WaPo, this topic is getting good exposure for us.

    The piece makes mention of a WA SC ruling upholding a case of “distributing” CP (I’m surprised they didn’t nail him with production, too). In some ways, these asinine rulings can help our cause, as it makes people start to look at how haywire it all is. I certainly don’t want the young man in the Price Club; hopefully his pain yields us all–him included–some gain. Nobody can accuse WASC of “legislating from the bench”! This is a wonderful slap in the face to the legislative branch as to sloppy laws.

  3. DavidH

    As I watched the video, I said to my self how horrible, and the asked myself what could I do to help that women. And then I realized that I am her, a resigned myself to the fact that there is nothing that can be done!

  4. mike r

    Well, I received my court response for my motion today. It states that I can proceed forma paupers, and that it is cognizable and doesn’t consider that I have made frivolous or merit less claims. Now I have to fill out the forms for the US Marshal and take them to them and get a signature for there receipt, which I must bring to the clerk within 14 days. I’m doing it !!!!!!! I’ll keep you posted. I am also documenting the whole Pro Per process for future reference for myself, and others who may want to do the same thing.

  5. KM

    A colleague and I were recently discussing certain implications of the fear mongering politicians do regarding sex offenders and the registry. One of the more interesting things that we came up with is the serious potential for a defamation lawsuit for anyone, especially politicians, that publicly state all sex offenders or registrants are dangerous.

    Since it can be proven that this statement is false, and it can also be proven that registrants undergo serious consequences do to the hysteria, you have the elements required to file a lawsuit. I’m curious if anyone has considered this.


      @KM Anything said on the floor of the Senate or the House cannot be used in a defamation suit. Even blatant lies are protected and I imagine state legislature’s have the same protections…

    • someone who cares

      KM ~ I think it would be great if we could pursue a defamation lawsuit since we definitely have merit. According to Wikipedia, three items need to apply (which I think all three do in our case). I copied and pasted it here. Look at (3) in particular…

      Proving libel[edit]
      There are several things a person must prove to establish that libel has taken place. In the United States, a person must prove that 1) the statement was false, 2) caused harm, and 3) was made without adequate research into the truthfulness of the statement.

      Let’s look into this more.

    • steve


      Are interviews fair game?

    • Thomas

      You really do not believe that this would be a successful case do you?

  6. ReadyToFight

    Great to see this coming from the WaPo!
    I empathize for anyone caught up in the Registry. There is no science involved when a broken system slaps a penal code on someone who commits an “impurity”.
    A system that turns its back on its citizens as they are forced into poverty and homelessness All for the sake of protecting NO ONE.
    Sad, Sickening, And Infuriating to say the least.
    I love how there is no need to show criminal intent in the “justice system” (LoL) and yet we must jump through rings of hell fire in order to attempt to show the criminal justice system itself operates in an unconstitutional way. (Criminal)

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