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Why You Can't Trust the Nation's Frequently Inaccurate, Terribly Organized Sex Offender Registries

Steve Friess | Posted 05.01.2015 | Crime
Steve Friess

Here's the problem: Those sex offender registries that are sensationalistic catnip to news producers are a technological and inaccurate mess that nobody in the media or public should trust.

Illinois Counties With the Most Registered Sex Offenders

Reboot Illinois | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

According to Homefacts.com, there are 21.63 registered sex offenders for every 10,000 people in Illinois. Based on Illinois' population, that is nearly 28,000 registered sex offenders in the state.

Teaching Kids About Sex Abuse In School Ups Reporting

Reuters | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Children who learn about preventing sex abuse in school more often report abuse in ...

North Carolina Sheriff Tells Sex Offenders They Can't Go To Church

USA Today / Religion News Service | Jon Ostendorff | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion

ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. (RNS) A sheriff in one of North Carolina’s smallest counties told registered sex offenders they can’t go to church, citing a st...

Housing Restrictions For Sex Offenders Unconstitutional, California Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that a state law barring sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of a school or park is unconstitutional...

Sex Offender Registries Are Not Really Keeping Your Children Safe: Here's Why

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.02.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The problem is that the politicians aren't advocating evidence-based approaches, and the advocates aren't focusing on the fact that more than 95 percent of offenders on a registry are not going to reoffend with a sex offense.

Do Sex Offender Registries Reduce Recidivism?

Paul Heroux | Posted 04.26.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

No. Or at least that is what the empirical evidence and research on this issue shows. But that doesn't mean we should not have them. The fact is that the registries don't really do anything to improve public safety.

"Why Did I Do It and How Do I Feel About It Now?" Priest Sex Offender Speaks Out

Stafford Betty | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Stafford Betty

The public is ready to forgive almost every crime except the one Cyril committed. On a radio show he participated in, a woman told him she would rather see her child murdered than sexually molested. He knows he has been demonized in the minds of almost everyone.

Did This Man Spend 16 Years In Prison For A Crime He Didn't Commit?

OWN | Posted 07.17.2014 | OWN

On the night of August 31, 1995, 17-year-old Travis Iosue went over to a neighbor's house to hang out. He says it was an ordinary evening of watching ...

Does Obama Have the Back of Our Children Too?

Eli Verschleiser | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Eli Verschleiser

It's time for the White House to show it also has the back of children who undergo the horror of sexual abuse, by taking real action.

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

We want to organize a community of support for queer registrants, families, friends and allies in order to lessen the trauma of life on the registry, decrease isolation and better the lives of everyone affected.

Iowa Sex Offender Found Hiding Under Child's Bed: Police

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 05.15.2014 | Crime

A convicted child molester was found hiding under a child's bed last month, according to police in Bettendorf, Iowa. Authorities said Julien Marte...

Teen 'Serial Sex Offender' Re-Arrested After New Allegations

AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Crime

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — An 18-year-old Arizona high school senior appeared in court Friday after a second arrest amid accusations that he is a serial...

Kim Bellware

Here's Why It's 'Counterproductive' To Put Juveniles On The Sex Offender Registry

HuffingtonPost.com | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO -- Requiring juveniles to register as sex offenders can hinder rehabilitation efforts and have significant, long-term negative consequences fo...

Child Rapist Escapes After Cutting Off Ankle Monitor: Police

Posted 02.24.2014 | Crime

A convicted child rapist living in a Denver group home has cut off his ankle monitor and escaped, police say. Eric Eugene Hartwell, 51, was convict...

Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Andrew Extein, MSW

The decision to empathize with a person who has caused harm is a deeply personal one. We are asking you, however, to think about what happened to Ryan Loskarn, think about the laws, and think about the way society and the media contributes to hatred and hysteria.

Fear the Bogeyman: Sex Offender Panic on Halloween

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Andrew Extein, MSW

The reality is that there has never been a recorded case of abuse or abduction by a registered sex offender on Halloween. Most offenders already comply with strict parole and registration requirements, and many are constantly tracked with GPS monitors.

Manufacturing Fear: Halloween Laws for Sex Offenders

Emily Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Emily Horowitz

Why worry about sex offenders on Halloween? Research shows no evidence of increased child sex abuse on Halloween and no evidence that a child was ever a victim of sexual abuse by a stranger while out trick-or-treating.

High-Risk Sex Offender Was Let Into US After Records Check

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 10.14.2013 | Crime

SEATTLE -- SEATTLE (AP) — A high-risk sex offender being sought in Canada was allowed back into United States after authorities determined that he w...

Missing High-Risk Sex Offender In The States

AP | Posted 10.10.2013 | Crime

EDMONTON, Alberta -- EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Canadian police say a violent, high-risk sex offender who has been missing for more than a week has be...

'One Phone Call And The Life That I Knew And Loved Was Over'

Jane Doe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Divorce
Jane Doe

I still have days where I am desperately sad and hate the world, but the majority of my days are filled with the smiles and laughter that I thought I would never have again.

'I'm The Level 3 Sex Offender All Of You Have Been Talking About'

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 09.25.2013 | Crime

A man convicted of raping a child in 1999 gave a public speech Thursday night to address his community's concerns about him. Carl Peterson, 48, spo...

Who Will Speak for Child Rape Victims?

Jon Leiberman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Crime
Jon Leiberman

That said, I continue to maintain we don't do enough for victims of child sex abuse. We don't do enough to the monsters who prey on young children. We give too many second (and third) chances and then we wonder what went wrong.

Police Caution Boys To Beware Of Dangerous Sex Offender

AP | By DAVE GRAM | Posted 09.23.2013 | Crime

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. -- Correction officials said Thursday they have a new plan for a high-risk sex offender due to be released from prison: He's moving o...

Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

Andrew Extein, MSW | Posted 08.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Extein, MSW

The same methods historically used by the government to imprison and pathologize homosexuality and gender variation are being used today to justify the extreme marginalization, lifetime institutionalization, and oppression of people who have violated sex laws.