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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives and 2 others

Abolish the Public Sex Offender Registry


The registry harms families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Not everyone who is on the Public Sex Offender Registry has Molested a child or Raped someone.

People deserve a second chance. Being on the registry gives NO SECOND CHANCE.

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The National Public Sex Offender Registry, Sex Offender Registration Notification Act, (SORNA) and the Adam Walsh Act are counterproductive to the safety of men, women and children in society.

 

The Public Sex Offender Registry so stigmatizes all who are placed upon it that they cannot:

·   Secure Employment

·   Secure Housing

·   Protect their innocent children from being traumatized by the stigma as well.

Placing the name, age, address, crime, place of employment and many pieces of information on a publicly accessible website creates a state of constant instability for the ex-offenders and their families. Many professionals have addressed this issue.1,2

 

EMPLOYMENT FOR EX-OFFENDERS

Employment is basically not an option as all job applications ask if the prospective employee has ever been convicted of a sex crime. Not only that, but employers do not want to wear the stigma of having an employee listed on the public shaming sex offender registry as working at their business. Employers fear loss of customers due to the stigma.

HOUSING FOR EX-OFFENDERS

Anyone who is on the public sex offender registry faces huge challenges when seeking to rent housing. Not only is there residency restrictions which make it almost impossible to find suitable housing in many cities but also many rental applications ask if a person is on the registry...once that is disclosed.. the applicant is denied.

EFFECTS OF THE PUBLIC SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY ON THE INNOCENT CHILDREN OF EX-OFFENDERS

The innocent children of ex-offenders suffer great amounts of pain and humiliation due to their parent being on the registry. The registration laws were created to protect children from being raped and molested. But in fact, the very registration laws created to protect children are the tools used by government and state law enforcement to rape and molest innocent children with their laws.

Children of ex-offenders have been found to not only be bullied, ostracized, ridiculed, humiliated, excluded and treated as lepers by fellow students and neighbors in their communities but also have suffered by having to live substandard lives economically due to the parent not being able to find employment or start their own businesses due to the stigma of being on the registry.

The innocent children of ex-offenders should not have to undergo all the stigma of their parent being on the registry. But they do. These laws have not been shown to protect anyone or make society safer in many studies but they have been proven to harm the innocent children of ex offenders who are seeking to begin a second chance after having paid their debt to society.

BIGGER GOVERNMENT AT TAX PAYER'S EXPENSE FOR LAWS WHICH ARE PROVEN TO BE NOT ONLY INEFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING SOCIETY BUT ALSO INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR RECIDIVISM OF THE EX-OFFENDER

SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act seek to expand the Public Sex Offender Registry and all the attached laws and regulations. SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act seek to increase the number of support staff nationwide and have YOU the tax payers fund it. Even though many studies by professionals not only state the registry and residency restrictions do not make society safer, but also cost billions of dollars in tax payer money.

ALL WHO ARE ON THE REGISTRY ARE OPEN TARGETS FOR VIGILANTES, MANY HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED AND ASSAULTED FOR SIMPLY BEING ON THE REGISTRY

This information clearly shows being on the registry makes a person and their family a target for murder and assault. This includes the innocent family members of ex offenders.


MANY WHO ARE ON THE REGISTRY ARE BANNED BY LAW FROM PRACTICING THEIR RELIGION 

As many churches have children who attend, as worshiping God is a Family setting...many persons on the public sex offender registry who seek to attend church are not permitted to do so by law. 6,7 Even though many of these people have never harmed or touched a child, they are banned from parks, churches and other places where children congregate.

EDUCATION, PROPER SENTENCING AND TREATMENT IS THE KEY

Educating society about how to protect themselves and their children from sexual abuse should be the very most important aspect when seeking to reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse. Teaching parents exactly Who is a danger to their children. Anyone whom they trust enough to leave alone anywhere with their child is the person who could molest them. Fathers, Step Fathers, Grand Parents, Brothers, Cousins, Uncles, Pastors, Priests, Youth Leaders, Teaches, Coaches, Music Instructors...the list is endless... Anyone who you leave your child alone with can be the one who molests them. 

Proper Sentencing of those who are convicted of sexual crimes is another key to solving the sexual abuse problem in America..

Sex and Violence in the media

One other huge aspect, all the sex and violence in the media, game consoles, television, theaters, and yes, the internet has been shown to have a direct impact on behaviors.

IN SUMMARY:

The stigma associated with the public sex offender registry so disables the person who is on the registry as to prevent them from having the ability to secure employment, housing and being safe from being murdered by vigilantes. The children of ex-offenders are so traumatized by being labeled children of perverts so as to cause them to be branded as lepers by their peers.

Those who abuse others need to be dealt with by our Criminal Justice System. If the job of catching, trying and sentencing a person for their crime is done properly, there is no need for a public sex offender registry.

Dangerous people should not even be sent back out into society in the first place. 

Releasing a person from prison then branding them as an outcast, a leper and heaping so many regulations and laws upon them that they are Setup to fail is not humane nor is it Justice. Not only ineffective and harmful to society, but also very expensive to tax payers.

The public shaming of ex-offenders needs to stop. The public sex offender registry needs to be abolished and outlawed nationally.

 

REFERENCES:

1.       The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers speaks on the issues. SOURCE

2.       Patty Wetterling Speaks on the Issues 
THE HARM IN SEX OFFENDER LAWS

3.       Targets for Murder SOURCEVIEW GRAPH CLICK HEREComplete Article Click Here

4.       Over 1000 studies - including a Surgeon General's special report in 1972 and a National Institute of Mental Health report 10 years later - attest to a causal connection between media sex and violence and aggressive behavior in some children. SOURCE

5.       A study of 1792 adolescents ages 12-17 showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex. Basically, kids with higher exposure to sex on TV were almost twice as likely as kids with lower exposure to initiate sexual intercourse. Study Conducted by RAND and published in the September 2004 issue of Pediatrics.  SOURCE

6.       Should Sex Offenders Be Barred from Church SOURCE

7.       Banned from Church by Law: SOURCE

 

 

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
The National Public Sex Offender Registry, Sex Offender Registration Notification Act, (SORNA) and the Adam Walsh Act is counter productive to the safety of men, women and children in society.

Not only does the Public Sex Offender Registry banish all those upon the registry including their innocent children, but also it actually has been shown to create a heightened potential for recidivism among ex offenders who would be otherwise law abiding citizens.

Placing the name, age, address, crime, place of employment and many pieces of information on a Publicly accessible website creates a state of constant instability for the ex offenders and their families.

EMPLOYMENT FOR EX SEX OFFENDERS

Employment is basically not an option as all job applications ask if the prospective employee has ever been convicted of a sex crime. Not only that, but employers do not want to wear the stigma of having an employee listed on the public shaming sex offender registry as working at their business. Employers fear loss of customers due to the stigma.

HOUSING FOR EX SEX OFFENDERS

Anyone who is on the public sex offender registry faces huge challenges when seeking to rent housing. Not only is there residency restrictions which make it almost impossible to find suitable housing in many cities but also many rental applications ask if a person is on the registry...once that is disclosed.. the applicant is denied.

EFFECTS OF THE PUBLIC SHAMING SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY ON THE INNOCENT CHILDREN OF EX OFFENDERS

The innocent children of ex offenders suffer great amounts of pain and humiliation due to their parent being on the registry. The registration laws were created to protect children from being raped and molested. But in fact, the very registration laws created to protect children are the tools used by government and state law enforcement to rape and molest innocent children with their laws.

Children of ex offenders have been found to not only be bullied, ostracized, ridiculed, humiliated, excluded and treated as lepers by fellow students and neighbors in their communities but also have suffered by having to live sub standard lives economically due to the parent not being able to find employment or start their own businesses due to the stigma of being on the registry.

BIGGER GOVERNMENT AT TAX PAYER'S EXPENSE FOR LAWS WHICH ARE PROVEN TO BE NOT ONLY INEFFECTIVE AT PROTECTING SOCIETY BUT ALSO INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR RECIDIVISM OF THE EX OFFENDER

SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act seek to expand the Public Sex Offender Registry and all the attached laws and regulations. SORNA and the Adam Walsh Act seek to increase the number of support staff nationwide and have YOU the tax payers fund it. What the proponents of these laws do NOT tell you is that on every level they are a failure. The are a huge balloon which is everincreasingly becoming larger while the citizens become less safe due to the ineptness of these laws in protecting society.

Everyone who knows anything about GPS monitoring knows it protects NO ONE. The only thing GPS monitoring can do is tell you where a person has been or where they are. It cannot tell you what they have been doing. Many cases where people were on the registry, wearing GPS tracking devices and still raped and murdered people. The registry, residency restrictions and GPS tracking did NOTHING to protect those victims. Nor will they protect YOU.

ALL WHO ARE ON THE REGISTRY ARE OPEN TARGETS FOR VIGILANTES, MANY HAVE ALREADY BEEN KILLED AND ASSAULTED FOR SIMPLY BEING ON THE REGISTRY

Anyone who can use Google or Bing can find news stories of law abiding citizens who were on the registry but were murdered or beaten or assaulted for simply being on the registry. Nobody who is on the registry is safe from anyone who seeks to do them harm. Being on the registry is an open invitation for murder and assault. This extends to the innocent family members of the ex offender. Innocent women and children who reside in the homes of ex offenders can be burned alive, shot, assaulted just because their parent happens to have his or her name, address and place of employment listed on the national shaming public sex offender registry.
http://on-vigilantism.blogspot.com/

Murdered in the United States - 2008: Registered Sex Offenders & Others.

2-18-2009 National:
The total number of People who were murdered who were on the Public Sex Offender Registry up to the year 2008 is 55. Fifty Five people have been murdered up to 2008 for simply being a registered ex sex offender.

The 2008 year was the worst year ever for deaths of RSOs, Persons accused of sex offenses and other related deaths. This year brought so many new circumstances that we have had to restructure our statistical methods to be able to report what has happened.

In 2008, of those murdered or killed, not in jails, prisons or civil commitment centers, the most dangerous state is Florida where 5 persons were murdered.

PA and TX reported 3, CA, MD, MA, NC, and TN each reported 2. AZ, CO, DE, GA, IL, IN, IO, KS, KY, ME, MO, NM, NY, UT, WA each reported 1.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_v91X0X8kln4/SZx6rGKH0mI/AAAAAAAABfw/dVqyvrXT9oA/s1600-h/a-deaths-2008-graph.jpg

For a more complete chart, click the link below...

http://sexoffenderresearch.blogspot.com/2009/02/murdered-in-united-states-2008.html

This information clearly shows being on the registry makes a person and their family a target for murder and assault.


EDUCATION, PROPER SENTENCING AND TREATMENT IS THE KEY

Educating society about how to protect themselves and their children from sexual abuse should be the very most important aspect when seeking to reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse. Teaching parents exactly Who is a danger to their children. Anyone whom they trust enough to leave alone anywhere with their child is the person who could molest them. Fathers, Step Fathers, Grand Parents, Brothers, Cousins, Uncles, Pastors, Priests, Youth Leaders, Teaches, Coaches, Music Instructors...the list is endless... Anyone who you leave your child alone with can be the one who molests them. Studies have shown 95% of all rapes and molestations occur by people known well by the victims. Similarly, rapes of adults most often occur when someone trusts another person. Again, statistics show 95% of all rapes are committed by persons known and trusted by the victim. Educating the public in all the above information is key in reducing incidents of rape and child molestation. Another key piece of knowledge is the fact that 95% of people on the sex offender registry will NEVER commit another sex crime. While law enforcement is getting your tax dollars to MONITOR 665,000 ex offenders, the 5% which actually need to be either in prison or should have been put to death are out there re-committing crimes.

Proper Sentencing of those who are convicted of sexual crimes is another key to solving the sexual abuse problem in America. Presently, most people convicted of sexual or any other crime are basically sentenced to prison and then released. Many studies have shown proper psychiatric evaluation of offenders and treatment of same has a huge impact on recidivism. Sentencing an offender to prison, then letting them out, branding them as outcasts for life insures they will return to prison. Better would be to enforce a policy of mandatory psychiatric evaluation of those convicted and then treatment for those who are amenable to treatment and either death or life in prison for those found to present a sure threat to commit new crimes once released.

It is pure insanity to warehouse people in prison then turn them loose and anticipate no new crimes will be committed.

Designing laws which properly sentence those who are convicted of crimes is the key. That and treatment for those who will be released back into society after their sentence is completed will be the only tools which are effective in curbing the sexual assaults in this country.

Sex and Violence in the media

One other huge aspect, all the sex and violence in the media, game consoles, television, theaters, and yes, the internet has been shown to have a direct impact on behaviors.

Over 1000 studies - including a Surgeon General's special report in 1972 and a National Institute of Mental Health report 10 years later - attest to a causal connection between media violence and aggressive behavior in some children. Studies show that the more "real-life" the violence portrayed, the greater the likelihood that it will be "learned." - American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement, Volume 95, Number 6 - June 1995 http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp

People are products of their environments and if their environments are saturated with sex, violence and sexually violent content, large numbers will act out what they have seen. Pumping sex and violence into the minds of the people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is creating a heightened state of sexual appetites in the citizens.

A study of 1792 adolescents ages 12-17 showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex. Youths who watched more sexual content where more likely to initiate intercourse and progress to more advanced noncoital sexual activities in the year following the beginning of the study. Youths in the 90th percentile of TV sex viewing had a predicted probability of intercourse initiation that was approximately double that of youths in the 10th percentile.

Basically, kids with higher exposure to sex on TV were almost twice as likely than kids with lower exposure to initiate sexual intercourse. - Study Conducted by RAND and published in the September 2004 issue of Pediatrics. http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp

Atheists and those who trust in a higher power alike can agree on one thing. Teaching people to love their neighbor as their self cannot be a bad thing. Teaching people to respect others is key in preventing people from sexually abusing others. All Americans may not worship God in the same way, but all Americans can certainly hold to any belief which teaches that we should Love One Another.. If we love and respect someone, we cannot rape or molest them. Treat everyone with respect... and yes, This also includes treating those who have committed 1 sex crime in their lives.. a crime that landed them on the Public Shaming, Sex Offender Registry with love and respect as well.