Have you noticed there is a change in the relationship between the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) and the National Association for Rational Sex Offense Laws (NARSOL)? We hope so. Because the change in that relationship is the result of both hard work and a change in focus.
In order to fully understand the significance of what is happening now, it is important to know a little about the past….including the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The good is that NARSOL began almost 15 years ago and has done a superb job of sharing information with registrants, family members and supporters. The good is that NARSOL organized annual conferences more than 10 years ago where that information could be shared in a safe place. The good is that NARSOL parented a new organization, ACSOL, about 8 years ago which applied the information provided by NARSOL to a series of lawsuits that have challenged local, state and federal laws.
The bad is that ACSOL and NARSOL had a few disagreements in the past. But doesn’t every parent and child disagree at some time? The ugly is that some leaders in both ACSOL and NARSOL decided to emphasize those disagreements and forgot that “we are all in this together.”
Which brings us to today. During the past few months, ACSOL and NARSOL have changed their focus in order to work together for the greater good. The outward manifestation of that decision began last year when the two organizations seamlessly provided a six-hour Halloween marathon conference call during which registrants and family members could obtain information and support.
ACSOL and NARSOL have continued to work together since that time including submission of a joint friend-of-the-court brief on an important case before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. And just last night, ACSOL participated in a three-hour conference call organized by NARSOL that provided information about important cases pending in three states – Michigan, Georgia and New Mexico.
In addition, the two organizations have future plans to cooperate. Among those plans is attendance by representatives of both organizations at the annual conferences of ACSOL and NARSOL in Los Angeles and Raleigh, North Carolina, respectively.
The sky is the limit! ACSOL and NARSOL are working together successfully. And there is plenty of room in this tent for more organizations including Women Against Registry, Caution Click and newly forming organizations such as those in New York, Washington and Georgia.
Together we can and will reach the Tipping Point where the public will understand the great harm, indeed the punishment, that is being inflicted upon registrants and their families by existing registration laws as well as the false sense of security that the registry provides. Together we can and will restore the civil rights of registrants and their families.