Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MO - Sex offenders have to make a living, too

Newspaper jobs sectionOriginal Article

04/19/2014

As president of a national organization that advocates for the families of sex offender registrants, I take exception to the following insensitive statement made by Rep. Genise Montecillo in the article: "Most people view this building as a safe building, and sometimes folks let their guard down," Montecillo said during the hearing. "I think people should at least be aware that there is one in the building."

Rep. Montecillo implied that the Capitol was not "safe" because "there is one in the building." How absurd. Montecillo owes every family member of a registrant in Missouri an apology. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as of December 2013 there were 13,587 registrants in Missouri, which equates to approximately 30,000 family members who are made to feel like a subclass of citizens because they believe that, once adjudicated and debt paid, they should be allowed a life. Our families are doing one of the three things researchers and therapists say are essential for successful reintegration: a job, housing and a positive support system. Maybe the House members would rather Bena and the other 13,586 registrants be homeless and jobless?


Vicki Henry, president
711 Huber St., Festus


3 comments :

Lance Mitaro said...

"I think people should at least be aware that there is one in the building."

For a country that was once comfortable with slavery, humanity always shows it's hypocrisy when it allows history to repeat itself. As long as hyper-vigilant and overwrought concern for public safety continues with the: "these people ought to be glad we let the breathe" sentiment, expect nothing to change in the foreseeable future.

Mark said...

"Most people view this building as a safe building, and sometimes folks let their guard down," Montecillo said during the hearing. "I think people should at least be aware that there is one in the building." As we can read, it is the last eleven words: "at least be aware that there is one in the building." This is the type of mental illness that prevails across Amerika. These last words typify the "OBJECTIFICATION" of presumed sexual offenders and because of a statement as this one, allows this generation of governments a plethora of meaningless, draconian, useless, legislation that has swept the country because of the ubiquitous thinking that sexual offender are not human, sub-human, no feelings at all, the bottom of a trash can, the objectification replaces any form of logic in the government settings, and the governments get away with the laws we see scattered about in each and every state today. And because sex offenders are truly OBJECTIFIED as non-human, the mental illness continues.And since sex offenders and sex crimes have become "POLITICALLY UNCONTESTED," objectification has truly metastasized into full blown mental illness.

yellowroselady said...

Each of the Missouri legislators had a copy of the Letter to the Editor in their email box when their Easter vacation was over....Vicki