Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Sex offenders aren't all monsters

Original Article

09/03/2013

By Dianne Frazee-Walker

Most law-abiding citizens would agree that sex-offenders should be locked-up and the key thrown away or once a child molester is released from prison they should be registered and never be allowed to be around children again.

The purpose of sex-offender laws is to protect the public, but what about when human rights are violated to the point where laws are doing more harm than good?

This is what happens when laws are not categorized according to the level of offense or age of the perpetrator.

As a result of barbaric sex-offender laws that are way overdue for updating, people under 18 convicted of sex offenses, some as young as 8, face decades or even a lifetime of stigma, discrimination, and suffocating restriction.

Jacob C. has lived his life suffering the consequences of archaic sex-offender policies since the age of 11 when he was convicted of sexual misconduct for touching his sister’s private area. The juvenile conviction was for a common adolescent behavior prompted by sexual curiosity about the opposite sex.

Jacob served 3-years for his offense, then was placed in a foster home because he was ordered to have no-contact with his sister. Jacob’s life was sabotaged before he had a chance to make things right. He was forced to live without a mother and became a registered sex-offender and his punishment didn’t stop there.

Jacob’s status as a registered sex-offender has followed him for the rest of his life.


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