I feel the need to post a reply to Zman on his lengthy reply to my post,"Too much freakin Nature!" I have copied a SMALL excerpt from his reply and I have copied an excerpt from my own reply to him.
I don't have the answers, but I don't think that giving rights to those who have hurt others is the answer. I DO agree that once an accusation has been made, you will lose greatly, no matter what is true or not. It is a sad reality, but not one that will be solved by eradicating the sex offender registry.
excerpt from Zman's response: Living is already almost impossible for "sex offenders", and the more and more laws that are passed daily, eventually they are going to explode, and it won't be a pretty sight. You must be realistic when making laws, these draconian laws make it impossible for anyone to live ANY type of life. Everyone is for treatment and punishing those violent offenders who are making other sex offenders lives hell, but like I said, we must be realistic.
* For all the people being charged with Child p**nography, is the law checking the computers to make sure they are not infected with a virus? Many people are ignorant when it comes to computers, and if they click on some attachment in an email, their machine can become infected with a virus, trojan, spyware, adaware program which stores child p**n on their machine. Are these so called "experts" checking this? Or ignoring this possibility?
* The issue with sex offenders Internet email addresses, IM names, etc being collected, this is another "feel good" law that will not stop crime. If someone wanted to commit a new crime, they'd create a new email address and commit the crime. This is stupid and won't work. It is just another waste of the taxpayers money.
* Think!! Come up with solutions, not "feel good" laws, which make it harder and harder for sex offenders to get on with their lives.
* "Buffer Zones" are a false sense of security!
* "Buffer Zones" are banishing people from their town, state, and possibly the country!
* "Buffer Zones" create homelessness, which costs society lost productivity, individual dignity, and creates additional problems for enforcing any accurate registry!
* "Buffer Zones" do nothing, except banish! It could be 50 miles and if someone wanted to re-offend, they'd just get in a car and drive!
* It should be MANDATORY that anyone in prison get therapy, and out of prison, if needed. Therapy does work. If you just lock them up without therapy, when they get out, they will be worse off. Therapy teaches people how to not act out and help, regardless of what the general public thinks. Just ask a therpist.
* We need to STOP this hysteria and get sex offenders the help they need.
excerpt from MY response:
I agree that more information regarding the nature of the sexual offense should be required (as in the 18 year old with his 17 yr girlfriend). But I think that those offenders are the minority rather than the majority, and although it may be EXTREMELY Unfair to lump them all together as sexual offenders, it is the only way that is being done now. And KNOWING that someone has a history is better than the way it used to be, which was blind faith that your neighbors didn't have previous criminal histories. I think it should be the offender's choice as to whether the whole story is posted or if it is paraphrased into "aggravated sexual assault aged 13-16" which, I'm sorry, is a major offense no matter HOW old the offender was at the time.
zman, I've been trying to figure out how to respond to your comments. I think I can only say that you are obviously on the opposite side of the spectrum as I am. While I feel pity for those who are wrongly accused and convicted and pity for those who are convicted of a minor offense but are lumped with the really bad guys, I feel more sorrow for the millions of children that are hurt year after year. THEY should be our focus, not the conditions within which the offenders live while they are serving their sentences.
YES they need therapy! Of course!! And so do the victims!! And their parents, and the community!! But the money isn't there!! If we want things to change, we need to approve the tax changes, donate our time and money to the causes we feel strongly about, and provide truly loving, permament care for the children of abuse. We need to change the system that is in play for the children, so that they don't continue the cycle in another generation. Stop it EARLY. So that another child doesn't suffer.
Ok. What are YOUR thoughts?
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