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Janice’s Journal: Take Your Knee Off of My Neck

I became a grandmother for the first time a week ago.  It’s a moment I have been looking forward to, and planning for, many years.  Who knew it would take place during a global pandemic and less than a week after the death of George Floyd?

Although I am the founder, past President and current Executive Director of the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL), I was uncertain how I would feel about the issue of civil rights for registrants and their families after I became a grandmother.  Now that I am a grandmother, I am no longer uncertain.

In fact, I am very certain that I don’t want my grandchild to grow up in a society that continues to punish for a lifetime those convicted of a sex offense.  I don’t want my grandchild or any grandchild to worry that they or someone they love will appear on a registry.

We all know because empirical data show that registries are ineffective.  They do not protect children or adults from sexual abuse because at least 95 percent of those who commit sexual abuse are not on a registry.

Also, registries punish the individuals who are listed on them.  Registries lead to unemployment or underemployment.  They lead to substandard housing or homelessness.  They break up families.

Registries can and sometimes do lead to vigilante violence.  And as a result of that vigilantism, registrants are stabbed and shot or their homes are burned to the ground.

Registrants also face violence from government officials, including police officers and parole officers.  This violence takes many forms including a registrant who was thrown to the ground and placed in a choke hold during annual registration because he dared to ask a question.

This must stop!  Registries are the equivalent of a chokehold that always injures and can result in death.

What can be done?  We can start with adopting the slogan, Take Your Knee Off of My Neck.  We can continue by taking that message to the media, to state capitols and to the U.S. Capitol.

This must be done in order to end the tyranny of the Registry, a punishment that does not fit the crime.  Any crime.  That is because after an individual pays his debt to society through incarceration, probation, parole and/or other methods, his civil rights must be restored.  All of them.  And he should neve be required to appear on a registry that makes him a target of violence by either vigilantes or government officials.

Instead, of putting a knee on a registrant’s neck, society should take a knee and sincerely apologize for all of the harm that more than a million individuals and their families have endured because of registries.

 

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Take your knee off my neck!

I like it

Hear, Hear, Janice
And Congratulations !! I am so happy for you:)
I’m ready to MARCH!

While I am glad you are a grandparent. We all go thru ordeals at times to learn about oneself. Yes taking thy knee off of my neck is a pressure hold of sorts. With this ordeal we all face it is time we learn about forgiving others for many miss callous endeavors. Sure actions speak louder than words and with the many things going on in America and this sex registry we all need to say and speak out for truth and justice and not some type of pressue point restriction. Goverrnments seem to abuse more than help in many… Read more »

So perfectly put. Janice, Congratulations!!!!

Thank you, Janice, and congratulations on being a grandma!

I’ve been wondering whether or how our situation is similar to that faced by other groups and minorities outside the dominant culture. I agree with your assessment and hope more and more people do.

Recent events have highlighted flaws in systems around the world. We can debate whether someone or a group on principle should spend X number of days, weeks, months, years, decades, or life in whichever reform/containment/punishment setting people can imagine. The hard truth is none of these actually address the underlying causes of whatever society is trying to correct. An after the fact measure merely admits something else was/might remain of concern/problematic before hand. New instances of that are not being addressed. So yes Janice you are correct regardless of what someone has done a registry isn’t ever going to attempt… Read more »

Congratulations on becoming a grandmother! And thank you for everything you’ve done and continue to do!

Just curious Minneapolis council member tryng to dismantle The police Department what are people’s opinion of it will be good or bad for registrants in that city? And also curious if it will affect registrants at all? I doubt it happens but I’m sure some kind of reform will.

“Everyone except those whom were convict of sex crimes, especially against children”. (Sarcasm) After, hearing that the Bushes, Romney, McCann and other ‘swamp’ Republicans joining the Democrats against Trump’s reelection I am curtain that Democrats in Minneapolis are anything but supportive to score votes.

Janice ~ Congratulations on becoming a grandma. I am sure, you will be one of the best and suited perfectly for that role. You show so much compassion for our cause that any child or grandchild can call themselves lucky to have you as the mother and grandmother. We appreciate you every day. Stay safe and healthy!!

The government can take their knee off my neck, my spine, my balls and stop raping me as well as others from living a lawful life!!

Ps government stop touching me

Well stated Janice. Enjoy being a Grandmother. In all honesty it is the best.

Congratulations, Janice!!!
Awesome journal entry. Amen!

An inspired column, Janice! It helps us focus on this key issue of the need to end the registry, no matter how long it takes!

What a wonderful gift of a grandchild you have been given.

Congratulations Janice!
Take Your Knee Off of My Neck. Our Lives Matter.

Watching the protests play out here in LA, and the anger displayed over the blatant disregard for life displayed by some police officers caused me to reflect in the same way. Many groups, not only the Blacks have a knee on their neck. We on the registry are certainly one of those groups that face physical and mental abuse by some law enforcement. I understand and sympathize with the protestor’s fear of law enforcement, and even though I have the same fear, my skin color, or other external features don’t give me away. The registry can and does identify me… Read more »

You do the crime, you the time. You put your own knee on your neck. Those protesters have to live with the consequences of their skin every day, but a sex offender with the right color skin can clean up, put on a suit, leave the neighborhood where people know what they are, and go accross town to a Hollywood party. Then go sit in a fancy restaurant. No one would know the difference. Even sex offenders can “take that knee off their neck.” #1 Have your own income #2 Move to a state or country with the least restrictive… Read more »

The time has been done (or I guess I should say “you the time” has been done?). Your second sentence is 100% wrong. It is “people” like you that supports the continuing, useless, immoral, counterproductive, idiotic, extra-judicial harassment of the Registries. Smart people don’t support Registries, so there you go. But you are right that no two groups experience the same harassment for the same reasons. That doesn’t mean people can’t point out all harassment and demand that it stop. And the Registries certainly are out-of-control, dipshit, nanny big government that are harassing people for no legitimate reason. Same can… Read more »

Hey Will, I know you love to come on this forum and call law enforcement & govt officials NAZIs, refer to people who support registries as terrorists, yet we’re all supposed to be “smart enough”to see past your twisted rants and get some messageout of them? Well, I’m sorry Will. I guess we’re not “smart people” like you. I guess holocaust survivorsshould not be offendedby your NAZI comparisons because they’re “not smart enough”to be enlightened by the wisdom of your rants. And the terrorists, you know the ones that support the registry such as rape victims and soccer moms who… Read more »

@USA the 2nd (https://all4consolaws.org/2020/06/janices-journal-take-your-knee-off-of-my-neck/comment-page-1/#comment-250535): You’re lost. So many inaccuracies and things that just plain don’t make any sense. Meh. One thing that is not debatable is that in reality, MY methods of dealing with the Registries, have been ultra-successful. I’d be shocked if they aren’t in the top 1%. In actual reality. Am I tolerated on this forum? Hilarious. You can tolerate me by completely ignoring anything that I write. It’s easy. Just ignore it and act like everyone thinks like you do. You can be nice to Registry Supporters/Terrorists if you like. I’ll go ahead and treat them as… Read more »

For what its worth every time I come on here I look for a few people and your one of them , because you call this registry for what it truly is , not just the people that are holding on to it for dear life like it is some form of entertainment , but also the people that fall in line like the bootlickers they truly are . rather than take offence to these terrorists that are nothing more than control freaks wishing only to further punish those that have already been punished many years ago and should be… Read more »

@USA the 2nd

Hypothetical question:

If the Registry shuts down and you are no longer labeled “sex offender” by society will you still identify yourself as one?

@Bill I wouldn’t call myself a sex offender, a registrant, an RSO or any other term we use on this forum. So I really don’t see your point. But I do know I don’t get bogged down by language

@USA the 2nd I posted my question on the wrong thread. It was meant to be posted on General Comments in regards to your back and forth with Will Allen about the label sex offender in which he detests to be called. In a way I see his point. The label sex offender has only one meaning in the general public: child molester. Never in recent media or out of people’s mouths did it refer to any other crimes like public urination, CP , teen sexting, or what not. And by seeing the overwhelming support for James Fairbanks the perception… Read more »

“What my point is that we are not asking for special treatment but for EQUALITY that are given to every person after release.”

That was what I meant to write. Spell check sometimes has a mind of its own.

@Bill: Thoughtful response, as usual. Got me thinking though if “detest” is the right word for me personally. It’s not my key feeling, but surely it’s in there somewhere. It doesn’t really bother me much if people call me “$EX offender” because I know they are just clueless and wrong. I am able easily dismiss it and the person saying it. After decades of dealing with people saying “$EX offender”, I have come to learn that a lot of people just say it and don’t mean any malice behind it. Those that do mean malice are actually scumbags in real… Read more »

Hypo?
Given the embedded copy and paste capability of the infrastructure any advance notice would immediately put the rush on files already in play. This is the case in any and every market Even when courts do not recognize it as ” a ubiquitous market. ”
Private enterprise has long ago entered one the equation. Data mining operations have also been used on many gov comps. It is the potential deviant behavior that sells these files. The short answer is no, the distinction intolerable.

Well, I think the opposite is more than equally true:

This much loved grandchild is very lucky to have Janice in their life. Very lucky indeed!

Best Wishes, James I

Congratulations Janice. I feel having children and grandchildren is the best part of life. Few other things matter in comparison. And congratulations on being an awesome, compassionate person.

Congratulations Janice! What a wonderful blessing and how lucky that baby is to have such a great grandma!

That is an excellent quote to take for our cause. What also is very significant is that George Floyd had a significant and rather violent criminal history, but nobody cares because they say–and rightly so–he was a human being and deserved equal protection under the law. Hey, that is all we are asking. I paid a very high price for my error, now, can I just live a normal life, please take your knee off of my neck.

@Janice

Congrats on the family addition! Well said in this article with a nice tag line to use going forth.

Yep.

But maybe – Take your Registries off my neck.

Or – Take your Registry harassment off my neck.

If “All Lives Matter,” then this website wouldn’t actually exist! The misguided hate and fear that promotes racism is the VERY SAME fuel that’s keeping Megan’s Law on the books.

Congrats on becoming a grandmother, Janice! An excerpt from your journal: *** That is because after an individual pays his debt to society through incarceration, probation, parole and/or other methods, his civil rights must be restored. All of them. And he should never be required to appear on a registry that makes him a target of violence by either vigilantes or government officials. *** This is the sentiment that has beleaguered me about the registry and “no longer under custody”. We are still under custody as we are held to compelled in-person registration, rules & restrictions, compliance checks (I made… Read more »

I do not if there are stats out there the will support my statement, however, it seems that a boy is more likely to end up on the registry than becoming victim of a sex crime.

Becoming a grandmother or grandparent is wonderful and a warm experience and yes showing compassion is an experience that is a God sent. Now believe it or not this pharase says a lot “Take your knee off my neck”. Now if one uses reasoning it all becomes quite clear in many ways. Even in the bible the Pharisees were badgering so who is badgering today in this type of sex scheme via a computer? One even wonder if badgering the wittness today is a type of enticement. One would have to believe it is clear that their is a certain… Read more »

Janice, Congrats on becoming a grandparent.

We All Matter and All Registrants deserve to have the Scarlet Letter taken off from around their necks!

Sister showed me a post (meme) some put on facebook. “Sex Offender Lives Don’t Matter”. So many likes and hearts. About 5% of the posts were positive or in defense of. Guess you have to be a Jeffrey Epstein to get respect. Unfortunately we can’t all be billionaires.

Facebook and Twitter is the cesspool of pubic sentiment. The pubic “comments” posted on social media are just an echo chamber of confirmation bias and herd mentality. They are designed and engineered to foster a controversial shock reaction, or “high five” for likes and follows.

Congratulations Janice. And thank you for all your hard work. It means so much to so many.

We are not sex offenders, we are not registrants, we are people ! Who committed a crime and that’s it! No more lables !

Wow. “We are not sex offenders, we are not registrants, we are people !” So true. However, we have been portrayed as monsters to the ignorant. We have provided a means to enrichment for the true predators.

When the protection instinct is motivated by love instead of fear, we get angels of justice like Janice. Thank you so much! But where fear predominates, technocracy continues to roll out new invasive ID technologies, and we should be vigilant to protect the privacy we have. In my opinion, being banned from Social Media is a blessing and anyone entertaining desire to participate is not paying attention to the the tech trends of the times. Clearview AI, for example https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a30613488/clearview-ai-app/ is actively scraping imagery across all internet platforms and may soon release an app which will allow the user to… Read more »

First off, congratulations! That is wonderful news. The rest of your writing is so spot on!
Wow! Being a grandma has changed you even more than ever to fight for injustice. Not that you didn’t before but yes! Yes! take your knee off my neck is very appropriate. I love it. We need to get out and speak out, all of us. Thank you gutsy grandma.

“Take your knee off my neck” How strange a sentence. I’m really supprised at you all on here”Will Allen seems to want to come out with his guns ablazen, USA seems to dislike much of this NAZI ordeal, Love and peace just wants to be left alone and many more are so upset that they don’t even know the status quo for life. Not to mention Tim in WI has some data theory that its man database against machine. Isn’t the bible a database witten down for everyone. So where does that leave divine truth as compaired to civil justice… Read more »

@Saddles who said “Isn’t the bible a database witten down for everyone.” The bible was written by people who never knew Jesus. The books are all 3rd party accounts. Blind faith at best.

@ LPH Their ya go I could be wrong on everything. And I’m so glad that nobody tells me what to do. And I’m so glad one can open the eyes of the blind or who leads a horse to water or Jack ass or they learn how to speak. I’m glad that the generation today would rather take some man-made computer over the creator. If thats telling you about America than who’s pinning you down with who’s knee. God would never do that. And yes LPH God could blow you and me away with a blast of his nostril.… Read more »

What I’m trying to say LPH is that the bible can be as complex as one makes it. Does not the bible says: my yoke is easy and my burden light. Would God or man say to one: I see you have a few hundred porno pictures on your computer of say say kiddy porn. In man’s views that can becones one’s downfall but how did it get to that stage. It was the enticement first and formost the lead to this. This type of come down and meet up with this person. So who is leading who. Is the… Read more »

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