Today a registrant in Orange County, California, is dead. He may have died at the hands of another or he may have taken his own life. This brings the total number of known dead registrants, killed by the hands of another or themselves, in California to 18 since 2005.
How many dead registrants is enough?
How many dead registrants will it take to persuade the public, elected officials and even the U.S. Supreme Court that registration is punishment….and not the same as being a member of Price Club.
How dare they ignore the plight of almost 1 million individuals who are currently required to register as sex offenders? Who must constantly check the rearview mirrors of their cars and add multiple locks to their front door in order to feel safe if only for a minute.
Enough is enough! The laws of this nation must change. And the citizens of this nation must educate themselves regarding the real facts pertaining to individuals who have been convicted of a sex offense.
In order for these changes to come about, however, the voices of registered citizens and their loved ones must be heard – in letters, phone calls, as well as at legislative hearings. For if these voices are not heard, the number of dead registrants will continue to grow.
It’s your choice. You can sit in a dark room and wait for things to get better, hoping against hope that the legislature will stop passing laws that harm you. Or you can join the ACSOL “revolution” as we shine a spotlight on the many injustices and inhumanities faced daily by registrants and their loved ones.
There are many opportunities to be heard….at ACSOL’s face-to-face meeting in Los Angeles on October 20, during ACSOL’s phone meeting on November 17 or in the California State Capitol on February 5. There will be additional opportunities to be heard in an event in Washington, D.C., during September 2019 organized by Women Against Registry.
Can one person do everything that needs to be done? Perhaps not. But in the inspirational words of a wise man, please consider the following:
I am only one, but I am one.
I can’t do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I ought to do.
And what I ought to do,
By the grace of God I will do.
ACSOL looks forward to hearing your voice soon.