Friday, December 6, 2013

Enduring Shame: A Sex Offender's Journey Through America's Legal System

Enduring ShameOriginal Article

Sometimes a person’s life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye. In 2012, the author was a 49-year-old family man who had a penchant for having erotic online chats with women until one chat went too far. After being lured to a face-to-face meeting, the author found himself handcuffed and riding in the back of a police car.

"Enduring Shame: A Sex Offender’s Journey Through America’s Legal System" is a first-person account detailing the author’s obsession with online chatting, an obsession that led to his being arrested and put in jail. As a result, the author was convicted of two felony counts and required to register as a sex offender — even though he had never been in trouble with the law before in his life. As frightening as it may sound, the author’s experience could have happened to anyone.

The book raises many questions: What is the definition of a sex offender? How far should a police officer be allowed to go to get a previously law-abiding citizen to commit a crime? What happens to a sex offender after conviction? And finally, how can a person remove the stigma of being a registered sex offender and try to move on with his life?

The author, who published the book anonymously, gives an unflinching look at what it is like to go through the legal system, to be on probation, and to go through sex offender treatment. Although names and locations have been changed as a way to protect the author’s family, every other detail of the book is true.


CharlesHiggins said...

I live in Mississippi. Here any sex offender has to live at least 1500 feet from any school or day care. This limit goes on until the offender dies.

CharlesHiggins said...

The problem with restriction on where sex offenders can live places them in isolation. Since most sex crimes occur in isolation this increases the recidivism of the offenders.