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Sex Offenders

Every Teenage Boy in America Is a Felon

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 11.13.2015 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If you are a male living in the United States above the age of 12, raise your hand if you have never looked at, possessed or shared a picture of a naked female (or male). If you have, you may be a felon subject to imprisonment and be required to register as a sex offender.

The Pariahs of America: Reforming Sex Offender Laws

Nick Norton | Posted 10.08.2015 | Crime
Nick Norton

The unmistakable tragedy of children and adults alike being the victims of sexual violence, brought the sex offender registry into being. Unfortunately, this long relied upon tool is an out of control source of abuse of the thousands registered.

Are Sexually Violent Predators Dangerous Enough?

Tamara Rice Lave | Posted 09.15.2015 | Crime
Tamara Rice Lave

On June 15, U.S. District Judge Donovan W. Frank struck down Minnesota's law allowing for the civil commitment of so-called sexually violent predators. SVP laws allow a person to be locked away indefinitely after he has completed his maximum prison sentence.

Teens Who Take Nude Photos Of Themselves Can Still Be Treated As Sex Offenders

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A teenage boy in North Carolina might have to register as a sex offender if he's convicted of keeping nude photos he took of ...

What Can We Learn About Child Sex Abuse From Jared Fogle?

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.24.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

The awful crimes of Jared Fogle offer a case study in child sex offenders. Not all sex offenders are pedophiles, and oddly enough, not all sex abuse...

The Near Uselessness of How Cable News Covers Sex Crimes

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.05.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

How often do we hear about a high profile case of child sex abuse on cable news? Too often is the correct answer. Next question: how often do we hear about cable news educating the public on how to protect themselves and loved ones against sex abuse? Not often enough is the correct answer.

The Failure of Sex Offender Policy

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.08.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

Preventing sex offender crimes is an important aspect of public safety that I believe every politician takes seriously. Unfortunately, not every politician is a criminologist and as such does not have an evidence-based frame of reference from which to approach this issue.

The Disappearing Sex Offender

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.22.2015 | Crime
Paul Heroux

As a legislator, one of the biggest concerns I have is public safety. Keeping the public safe from the many dangers that are prevalent in today's society is a challenge. One area of work I have spent a great deal of time on is keeping children safe from sex abuse.

Florida Couple Must Register As Sex Offenders After Sex On Crowded Beach

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 05.06.2015 | Crime

A Florida couple convicted of having sex on a crowded beach face up to 15 years behind bars and must register as sex offenders and for illicit public ...

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 06.21.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

According to, 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 06.17.2015 | 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 | 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.