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October 15, 2017

"Why kids don’t belong on sex offender registry"

The title of this post is the headline of this recent op-ed authored by Nicole Pittman. Here is how it starts:

California took an important step toward ending the abusive practice of putting kids on sex offender registries when Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 384, which allows juveniles to petition for their removal after five or 10 years.

When California became the first state to register children as sex offenders in 1986, there was little known about children who commit sexual offenses. At that time, treating them the same as adults seemed sensible. Today, we have research that tells us that putting them on registries does not prevent future child sexual abuse and can diminish public safety.

Roughly 200,000 people on sex offender registries — including more than 3,500 in California — went on as kids, some for serious crimes but many others for playing doctor, streaking or teenage romances.

Sex offender registration laws stigmatize and isolate the very children they were meant to protect, ensuring their youthful indiscretions follow them into adulthood. Names, photos, and addresses are often made public, leading to vigilante violence, stigmatization, and severe psychological harm. One in five attempt suicide; too many succeed. There’s also now a strong body of evidence demonstrating that very few youth commit more sexual crimes.

October 15, 2017 at 06:56 PM | Permalink

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🤔What if ...❓
Female age 11 seduces male age 9 and the incident(s) never become known to the “authorities”👀

Fast forward 300 months and one of them accuses the other of
sexual harassment🙄

Should the media cover the issue ?

Posted by: Handel - The Docile , Kind Soul | Oct 15, 2017 7:17:21 PM

We need to quit nibbling at the edges of these abominations. They need to be eradicated today.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Oct 15, 2017 8:46:48 PM

from op-ed ....

"allows juveniles to petition for their removal after five or 10 years"

What does this mean? A 15 year old rapes a 7 year old girl and they can petition for removal when they are 20 or 25?

"all kids can be kids"

Well, if a minor sexually a younger or at risk minor (such as someone with a disability who cannot adequately consent), what does this mean?

Sexual registries are problematic as a whole and everyone should have an ability at the very least to petition to have the mark of Cain removed periodically. They also at the very most be limited to the worst sex crimes or to special parties like schools or such.

But, reform often comes by chipping around the edges.

Posted by: Joe | Oct 15, 2017 9:42:00 PM

Again. Who needs more sex, an 17 year old man with ADHD or a 47 year old downloader of child porn? Which one will victimize more people?

I do not even understand the purpose of these registries. One may not even address the sex offender without risking going to jail for harassment. I mean, I understand the generation of government make work jobs. Outside of that purpose, what else is there?

They were named for Megan and for Jessica. Registries would not have helped these little girls who were murdered, in the least.

The $millions would better be spent on arming the neighbors, hunting the sex offenders, and killing the violent ones, beating the asses of the non-violent ones. That program can start with the judges and legislators protecting these vicious super-predators.

Posted by: David Behar | Oct 16, 2017 8:56:05 AM

No One belongs on a registry! It is cruel and unusual punishment AFTER you've already served your time!

Posted by: kat | Oct 17, 2017 2:52:21 PM

Sex offender lists for non-violent and those that have served full time while claiming innocence should be abolished. True violent sex offenders are the ones that should be on a list, which would be more productive and would not be just collecting revenue.

Posted by: LC in Texas | Oct 18, 2017 9:07:24 PM

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