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Kat’s Blog: Registrants and a Defeatist Attitude

Recently I read some comments on another advocacy website pertaining to TN’s new law effective July 1, 2019, in which adult registrants may not reside overnight in a home with a minor in it.

The comments that caught my attention weren’t the “we’ve got to fight and do something about this” comments, but instead, the number of defeatist comments, “nothing is changing, we’re only fooling ourselves, we’re not winning, little wins mean nothing”.

One person even went so far as to say something to the effect that they felt like slapping the next person who said “we are making progress and winning”.

While I’ve written advocacy blogs for a while now, about the ups and downs of the registry battle, the unfair rules registrants have to deal with, the plight of registrants children, the homeless, jobless and    suicidal, I don’t think I’ve even begun to scratch the surface of these issues. There’s so much involved because the topic is so broad and encompasses so many unique factors.

Do I want to slap those with a defeatist attitude, shake them and admonish them for being ”Debbie Downer’s” for not “doing their part” in joining the battle like the rest of us?

No, I don’t. (Ok, I’ll be honest, maybe a little bit.)

But haven’t we all had days and sometimes weeks or months when no matter how active and engaged you are in fighting to tear down the registry, no matter how hard you are working for this cause that you believe in, there are days when you just want to say “the hell with it, I’ve had enough” and lay down your sword?  This fight is tiring and mentally fatiguing. It has the ability to sap your emotional and physical strength, it can consume you, interfere with your job, your family, your home life.

And in the end will it all be worth it, will our efforts make any difference?

I’m not about to preach to anyone.  I tell myself that if I do nothing, nothing will change. Of course there’s no guarantee that anything I do, writing and phoning politicians, blogging or sending countless emails, will change anything. But I’ll take that chance. Who knows how long this fight will continue. We’re making progress, it’s slower than we want or need it to be, but it’s something. Speaking only for myself, I’m better off doing something than doing nothing. For me, the effort is worth it.

I’ll bet most lawmakers don’t personally know any registrants, their ill-preconceived notions about registrants are notions gained through who the media tells them “sex offenders” are. So, they continue to pass more and more restrictive laws based on these ill-preconceived ideas about registrants.

We fight because we need to change those preconceived ideas. We fight because we need to set the news media straight. We fight because registrants and their families are worth fighting for.    

For those penning defeatist comments, I’m hoping that like the rest of us, maybe you were just going through some difficult times. We’ve all been there, we’ve all felt that way, thought those same thoughts.

 Maybe someday you’ll feel like joining the fight, until then, the rest of us will continue the battle.

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  1. Eric

    I really admire the registrants who are able to file suits and go to court. I don’t know how they find the guidance and resources to do it. I know that here in San Diego a group of homeless registrants took the city to court over the 2000 ft. residency restriction. They won and helped defeat that restriction which forced so many into homelessness. Because of their courage many of us can find stable housing. But I think more of us would fight if we had the resources. I wish we had a group like the NAACP or ACLU for registrants. That is how so many minorities have won cases and made big strides because these organizations fund their cases and give guidance and direction. Without those resources it seems so hopeless to fight. We do have ACSOL and it is our biggest advocate and support. They have spearheaded many of the victories we have had, but it would be great if individuals had the means to fight, or if we were better organized and could get direction on how to proceed. I do think part of the purpose of the registry is to keep us from uniting into a political force. That is why many of us can’t have contact and it is difficult to travel. Thank you for your blogs.

    • Dustin

      The purported purpose of the registry is public safety. Supposedly, barring registrants from socializing with each other is based on the asinine reasoning that when registrants communicate, it’s for the sole purpose of sharing ways to re-offend and get away with it. That it’s never happened before is somehow irrelevant.

      Parole/probation officers don’t like registrants talking to each other because they don’t want those they supervise to expose their inconsistencies and preferences, as though such things aren’t discussed in “treatment.”

      I’ve spoken with Derek Logue a few times over the years and enjoy his stories about his appearances at legislatures, where some clown proposing his bill will talk tough till he (Logue) appears to speak against it. The same table-pounding, rabble rousing lawmaker will suddenly get very interested in the papers on his desk and magically become a lot more civil.

      Whether by design or not, preventing registrants from socializing does indeed have the effect of preventing united opposition to the ever-increasing mountain of laws specifically applied to them, as well as those specifically aimed at increasing the number of registrants. Common sense should show that in the long term, it will eventually create a society where no one is allowed to talk to each other. But politicians never think long term – they’re only concerned about the next election.

      • CR

        I’m don’t think my state has any laws that forbid people on the registry from socializing with each other. At least I’ve never heard of any such here in Texas.

        Aside from the few registrants I met in group therapy many years ago, I never met anyone else who I knew or suspected was on the registry. How would one know? It’s not the sort of thing that comes up in introductions or small talk.

        • SR

          I think he’s referring to the portion of Megan’s Law website that doesn’t allow RC’s to look up information on themselves or other RC’s through the website. Because apparently our children don’t deserve the same measure of safety as others.

        • Eric

          I imagine it is illegal for registrants to go on Meghan’s Law in Texas, as it is most places, to find where another person on the registry lives.

        • E

          Don’t imagine that rule and assume you cannot. Look it up in your state. I’ve only EVER heard of that rule in CA.

        • Will Allen

          I do not think it is illegal for Registered People (RPs) to look at the Registries most places. And I cannot even begin to comprehend how CA even gets away with that crime. Beyond outrageous.

          I’ve personally used the Registries to get the addresses of over 500 people and send mail to them. Maybe I should do that for all RPs in my state? Like once a month? To remind them to fuck the police and their criminal regime. To counteract the lies of the criminal regimes.

        • CR

          @Eric, I don’t think it is prohibited in Texas. While it never occurred to me to look specifically for it, I’ve read the registration statute from beginning to end a number of times, and I don”t recall reading any such prohibition. I don’t see how a law like that could withstand a court challenge. It’s public information.

        • AJ

          @Eric:
          Not only is it not illegal in my State, I’m supposed to notify them of any errors or omissions–it’s actually part of the registration documentation! I’ve only once or twice looked at my entry, and have never bothered to check for correctness. Even if I did, I’d not tell them a thing. I want to keep required item in my back pocket because if that’s not involuntary servitude (doing error checking work of the State’s records for the State), IDK what is.

        • Will Allen

          @AJ:

          I agree. Criminal regimes where I live have asked me to verify their web site. I tell them IDGAF if their web site is accurate or not. I’ve also told them that I’ve seen it be inaccurate before and I’d always assume that it is because they are too incompetent to even manage a simple list of information. And it’s true.

          Even to this day, decades after they started their stupidity, I still see factual errors on their forms. I simply keep note so that one day if I ever have to defend some mistake that I made, I can show how thoroughly incompetent they are. I think it could also be used to claim ignorance of many things simply by saying that I know their information is always wrong so why should I think any specific part is accurate? It demonstrably is not an accurate reference.

  2. Harry

    I am not a defeatist, however, l am worn and tired. I have a wife in the Philippines begs daily to come there to help her to fix a house, which, l have the skills to help, however, I can not go there. I have a daughter there l can not attend her graduation from Doctor of medicine. It seems everyday, l hear of some new restrictions on us. At this point l do not trust the light at the end of tunnel.

  3. Tim in WI

    Kat,
    I hear you! Too many registrants just hide. Really we’ve yet to see a DC protest. There are more than a million ” interested parties” yet NOPE NO PROTESTS! You are a mom and defend your son and I respect that to the utmost. I appreciate you ” pulling some covers” here.

    I’ve posted a removal petition concerning the Chief JUSTICE on another advocate site, asked for input, got mostly excuses: ” It won’t work, can’t be done” blah blah. Though I sincerely suspect they may be correct about getting the Chief to resign, it would absolutely send a message to the ‘Harvaad’ Elites. Even 300,000 signatures on such a document would get some serious attention. I’d be called a crackpot for starting it. As sure as John Hancock I’D SIGN!

    I’m underway in my latest attempt at FTR TRIAL. There’s lots of advantages I’ve got on my side including a notice of judgment in 92 trial by jury on a single count of 1st ° aggravated child sex assault. I plead not guilty and that paper tells that. Along with other pertaining info that defies states claim of life term.

    There are serious concerns for the morale of this nation. That concern applies to every American as does the national debt. Crushing indeed to the spirit of free men. To begin the indenture \ enslavement of human to machine database was the death nail human liberty and thereto any potential human republic.

    • E @ Tim in WI

      Tim, when did the WI registration law change to lifetime? I cannot understand WI statute history. Registering was Part of my sentence in the mid 90’s but it was for 20 years after probation (my memory). Changed to lifetime while I was still on probation. I want to follow your FTR trial. Did you refuse to register because when you were convicted it wasn’t lifetime registration?

      • Tim

        @E, Stat. 175.45 (93 Act 98) was 20 yr. But disclosure was limited under law to ” authorized persons” with penalties for unauthorized disclosure. 301.45 1g made it life,1997.

        • Tim .n WI

          @E, rsolawver@charter.net, I’d be curious about the words contained in Notice of conviction concerning SOR. Not for discussing here tho.

        • E @ Tim

          Thank you for that info. I’ve looked a long time and was perpetually confused by how that state’s statutory history is displayed online. I didn’t realize it was an entirely different statute number and location.

          Can you say any more on your ftr charge? Good luck

  4. SR

    Thank you for the post, Kat.

  5. Will Allen

    Amen.

    I decided over two decades ago that I was at war and the people against me were going to pay. And they have. People can do exactly what I’ve done. These criminal regimes could murder me today and they will still have lost the war. The harm that I have caused them is greater than any harm they could cause me, including death. But they are too stupid to know it and too arrogant to care.

    As long as I am alive and listed on a Registry, the people who support it will keep paying. All they are doing is adding to their casualties. No one thinks Registry Supporters are smart.

  6. wags

    IF i had money i would fight. I’m on SSDI (yeah the fact that older folks have issues getting into old folks homes scares the shit out of me.) and can’t afford it.

    otherwise i wold fight since the burden is mainly on my kids and not being able to find a good place. or that people look down on them.

  7. Derek Logue

    Defeatest attitudes come from the top. All this cheerleading talk is fine and all but many of the major groups, including this group, have sold people on the idea (whether intentional or not) that lawsuits alone will bring us to the promised land. I disagree. The courts are just as influenced by the court of public opinion as the rest of us. The Civil Rights Movement didn’t sit and wait on lawsuits, they attacked on all fronts–media, legislation,public opinion, AND the Courts. Not every victory occurred in a courtroom. Hell, even when they won in court, they still had to fight to get those rights enforced.

    Back in 2015, I put together the first rally in years, but the other groups, including this one, first offered their support but then chickened out. Tat roundtable meeting to form a league of these bigwig groups fell flat because a certain other group (not this one) broke rank. We can’t agree on a team color. We an’t agree on a team logo. Hell, we can’t even agree on our ultimate goal. Do we want to win a Superbowl or are we content with being the Cleveland Browns?

    The defeatist attitude isn’t going to dissipate until our movement actually tries to work complimentary to each other instead of competitively. I thought competition was going to be good because normally competition makes businesses work harder, but I’m not seeing that in this movement. But the leaders have the responsibility to still work up their groups to do more. That means the leaders must know true bravery and set the example.

  8. Facts should matter

    It’s hard to remain positive, optimistic and glass “half-full” when the registry is exceedingly divisive, dysfunctional, oppressive and negative.

    Most of us have become very complacent with this type of intrusion, so it no longer seems offensive to us.

    IT SHOULD, but we’ve become completely numb to the drudgery of it all.

    We reserve the right to be offended at the fake puritanical outrage wielded against us!

    • Will Allen

      You think most people “have become very complacent”? Maybe. I know the opposite is true for me. Every day that goes by makes it all less acceptable. And I spend some amount of time just about every day doing something concrete, in actual reality, to try to harm people who support Registries. I attack from all angles. And I certainly have ensured that the Registries do nothing useful. If everyone lived as I do, there is no conceivable way that anyone could say that Registries “work”. All 1 million people who are Registered need to ensure the Registries are worthless and retaliate.

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