Help me take a stand and keep sex Offenders from removing themselves from the registry!

Help me take a stand and keep sex Offenders from removing themselves from the registry!

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This is something that is really hard for me to talk about, especially publicly, but it’s come to a point where I need to defend myself once again, so if anyone could please take the time to read this, I would be extremely grateful!

In 1997, at the age of 5.5, I fell victim to a terrible crime, My babysitter Christopher Lucas, who was 16 at the time, raped me, on numerous occasions, for many months.. He was sentenced to the max sentence of 10 years, where he served 9 before his release for ‘good behavior’. I unfortunately have had to suffer throughout my life in dealing with the memories of the disgusting things he did. Anyone that knows me, knows I’m very private. I do not like to be touched, and I often turn things into jokes as a way to cope. My childhood was filled with endless hardships, that to this day I am still embarrassed to talk about. From threats to kill myself at the age of 8 and having to being committed to an institution, to failing grades, and tantrums and endless amounts of self harm through middle school and high school. The fact I struggle with being touched by my own husband, my friends, my own mother....he took so much from me. I just can’t even describe how absolutely devastated by this whole situation i am. I’ve worked so damn hard to heal the best that I possibly can! I had thought I did a pretty good job of sweeping this awful situation under the rug, but I sadly got a phone call a few weeks ago in regards to Chris’s wish to be removed from the sex offender registry. Reason being that ‘he has a 2 year old daughter, and doesn’t want her to suffer for his mistakes that he paid for years ago’ as much as I sympathize for his child, I need to think about my own child, and other children that he, and other sex offenders can come in contact with, without anyone knowing of what they did. Without an extensive background check, how is anyone supposed to know that these pedophiles, that did these awful things to children, are no longer registrants, and can just walk into our children’s classrooms? I believe in people changing, but I do not believe that something so horrible should be justified just because a sex offender decides to procreate, and is good for 15 years, outside of his prison sentence. 

I am meeting Chris in court face to face, for the first time in 22 years. As a minor at the time, I had no voice. This is something I am both terrified, and grateful for. I get the chance to look that man in the face and tell him exactly how I feel. Not just for myself, but for anyone who has suffered through something like this. Our superior court date is scheduled for 9 am on August 8th. It is open to the public. If Chris gets his way, and no longer has to register, I’ve at least put his name and face out there, and can say I tried my best. For myself, for my daughter, and anyone out there that is suffering.

By signing this, you are showing your support in keeping Chris, and all sex offenders on the Registry!  

Side note: I do understand that there is a very broad spectrum of sex offenders. I believe that class A sex offenders above all, should remain on the registry. I do believe any one person that has sexually assaulted someone by force/at all should forever be condemned to the registry. 

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