According to a draft sent to 11 News from the Sex Offender Advisory Board, it would change the term of ‘sex offender’ to ‘those who have been sexually abusive’.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – The Sex Offender Management Board has voted to make changes in their terminology in how they label sex offenders.
According to Board Chair Kimberly Kline, the Board feels the change is needed after seeing a negative trend with rehabilitation for treatment with sex offenders. According to a draft sent to 11 News from the Board, it would change the term of ‘sex offender’ to ‘those who have been sexually abusive’. The Board believes that changing terminology will reduce risks and re-offending.
“Ultimately, it is about risk reduction,” said Kline. “When we are talking about risk reduction, we are talking about reducing recidivism or re-offense. If we are doing that, it is coming from a very victim centered standpoint. I think everybody can get behind that.”
District Attorney Michael Allen of Colorado Springs is against the proposal and believes the language should not be changed. In a press conference today, Allen says that taking away the label of sex offender is taking away from the crime that they committed with the victim.
“Words have meaning and actions have consequences,” said Allen. “Using the term sex offender recognizes the gravity of deviant sexual behavior committed against another person. This propose change diminishes the harm done to victims of sex offenders.”
Amid Criticisms A Sex Crimes Registry Is ‘Overly Harsh,’ Colorado Rebrands The Term ‘Sex Offender’ (Source: thefederalist.com 11/20/21)
But not all people on these damn lists should be called or classified as a sex offender. Not everyone is guilty not all crimes are Legit or fairly Prosecuted. Only violent and repeat offenders should be on the list and not your charge just because your charge may say one thing it should go by your case not by what they charge you with. Also When the state of Texas gives you a deferred adjudication and says that you have never been convicted of the crime if you Successfully complete probation.Then why am I being punished as the same as everyone else that has been convicted of the crime?
I swear the US is finished with fools like him. Only an idiot thinks it’s OK to label one for the rest of their life for one mistake, and only people involved in sexual crimes at that….
Not all cases involve abuse by the person registering let alone direct contact. Not every case includes sexual activity. No term will be a one size fits all solution. What about cases where the registrant was their own victim? Tons of scenarios don’t fit the box law enforcement and victims advocates wish to place everyone in.
This is all a joke as none of these people have a clue as how to fix a worthless registry. They are grabbing for straws and wasting tax payer money. The fix is to eliminate the registry it is the “enron” of legislation.
The registry will not go away till the babyboomers are out of office pure and simple!
I can’t wait to hear “mom I can’t go to the prom I’m a sex offender”. It’s gonna get real good.
The DA was elected earlier this year. This is a political position so he has to say this to get re-elected. Google his name and read his bio at the 4th JD in CO.
What I like about this proposal is that it properly labels the behavior as having occurred in the past. It doesn’t define who the person currently is, just what they’ve done in the past.
‘Sex Offender’ implies a current situation and a present day risk which may or may not be accurate.
One small step.
“Risk reduction”. Sure. That’s hilarious.
Nothing has ever made me as risky and dangerous as being listed on the Oppression Lists. There’s nothing even close.
And because I’ve been listed for decades, incessantly called “sex offender”, and my family has been mistreated every day because of that – I don’t give the first FUUUUUU** about victims. Not today. Not tomorrow.
So just go ahead and keep calling me “sex offender”. It shows just how smart and moral you aren’t.
Let the war rage.
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Their newsroom link was for October, 2021.