Why Blanket Registration of Youth as Sex Offenders is Bad Public Policy

Source: thecrimereport.org 8/5/21

We praise children for their curiosity. How else are they to learn to navigate the world? But sometimes a child’s curiosity leads to a lifetime of punishment and ostracism.

Sadly, this is the harsh reality of many children who were charged with a sex offense.

Although it can be a difficult notion to accept, children may exhibit sexual behavior as part of their normal childhood development. Some behaviors that stem from curiosity, such as ‘playing doctor’ or touching another child in their genital area can be problematic, harmful, and illegal.

Children may engage in these kinds of behaviors for all types of reasons, including being especially curious after witnessing a sexual scene on television or because they are reacting to their own traumatic experience.

When children engage in these types of behaviors and are adjudicated for a sex offense, they can be required to register on a public sex offense website for life. Registering youth on sex offense registries has been scrutinized by experts for various reasons:

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I’ll never forget this lady she put me on calendar 7 days after my 18th birthday and iv been registering as sex offender ever since.


Good luck

Last edited 2 years ago by webmaster

Come ON! Are you f…ing kidding me? Oh OK, according to these silly and short sighted authors indenturing children to database upkeep would be just fine so long as it is done on a case by case basis? NO! It should not be done at all. I do not give a damn that the purveyors of the database driven infrastructure think it is a good idea. and good marketing for their industry. It is still a form of slavery! No doubt Under the 13th, indentured servitude is ONLY acceptable as a punishment for the duly convicted. The purveyors have convinced congress, and the people and this is the “civil” outcome. Children in America are enslaved by law to the maintenance of databases for their entire lives as punishment for expressing their very human sexuality. Just as the people would have it. Until it is their kid!
The slavery component was there from its inception and the minority hinted so in Smith V Doe. The fact, is America has sold itself out to overreliance on the database to cure that which no machine can ever fix.

I cut and paste the first bullet pt,

Sex Offense Registration and Notification (SORN) policies were developed in reaction to adult crimes with the intention of better monitoring and managing adults who have sexually offended. Thus, applying them to youth occurs with little consideration of their development and offending patterns.

Notice the sentence fragment:
“Thus applying them to youth occurs with little consideration of the development and offending patterns.”
Yea, makes a lot of sense or is it just empty thought?