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When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." - Thomas Jefferson

People on the registry(far too many innocent or not dangerous)  have been murdered, committed suicide, had their homes set on fire, been evicted, lost their jobs,etc.etc.   Stephen Marshall killed two men who were on the sex-offender registry in Maine. Immediately after, he took his own life. One of the men Marshall killed, Joseph Gray, was on the registry for raping a child. The other, William Elliott, was listed because he'd slept with his girlfriend before she turned 16.

Eighty-seven  percent of people who were arrested for sex crimes had not previously been convicted study.of such an offense, according to a 1997 study.  Just 14 percent of all sexual assault cases involved strangers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.  These are examples of who is on the dreaded registry: 

1. Romeo and Juliet liasons, false accusations of vindictive teens against an older teen (18 or 19)

2.False accusation by vindictive parents in child custody cases and/or family feuds-  There are more of these than most people would believe. There are many reports of people who admit to having lied about being molested when they were younger. Now they would like to have the person wrongly convicted on their testimony set free. consensual sex- but being 3 yrs. and 1 day older than the willing teen  (can bring and has brought  multiple felony indictments)

4. Sex between consenting teen prostitute (who looks older and even may have lied about her age) with an adult male

5. Criminal charges that later are dropped for insufficient proof but not appealed in time, so still on registry

From all I have read, the number of  true  pedaphiles who are actually dangerous is relatively small.  But check out the registry.  You're liable to see people who look like your mailman, grocery clerk,etc.etc.  And ones who look like they fit the profile could be the least guilty and vice verse. But the numbers are  growing exponentially. And as long as politicians and the media can make hay (or reputations) out of this issue, it will breed fear and hysteria and ruin men (mostly) and their families lives who do not deserve to have this happen !  Where are the churches on this issue?  Where are people who say they care about justice?  Watch MSNBC’s Witch Hunt brought to anyone who wants to learn by Sean Penn and two courageous filmmakers.

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Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
Presently, the sex offender laws on the books, are a catchall for men (mostly) who are not violent offenders and who have never harmed a child.  Dr. Richard Gardner has recommended crucial changes in the 1974 Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.  He has recommended proposals along with other colleagues who have studied these laws and found them to be necessary due the high levels of hysteria and victimization of the falsely accused in the U. S. since the Mondale Act and subsequent related laws have come into place.
Through my own personal experience with my mentally ill son being falsely accused by a child many years ago and her powerful recant in recents years, I have come to learn that this is not something unusual.  Unfortunately, it is all too common and there are too many men and their families who have gone through agony because of the abuse of these laws.

As a social worker and a therapist in private practice for over twenty-five years, I understand the importance of protecting our children.  But there has been a witch hunt mentality in the U.S. and the wrong people have been sacrificed.  I realize this is not the kind of issue most people would rally behind because it is a tough issue.  But men who are either innocent and/or not dangerous should not have their lives ruined to satisfy a media's goal to have viewers and a politicians use of this issue to garner votes.  I hope you will care because justice has not been served under these laws the way they were set up and then under a highly politicized Bush Dept. of Justice.

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