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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 02.19.2014 | 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 Current Child Porn Laws Imprison the Wrong People

Macie Melendez | Posted 07.20.2013 | Crime
Macie Melendez

These laws have formed the basis of a modern-day witch-hunt that thrives on the vagaries of the Internet and too often captures individuals who make relatively simple errors online, rather than those who produce such material or directly abuse children.

Shocking Reveal About State Sex Offenders

Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.26.2013 | San Francisco

A report by the Los Angeles Times has found that thousands of paroled California sex offenders, including many rapists and child molesters, are disarm...

Son Of Sex Offender: My Dad 'Went From Role Model To Worst Person'

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 02.22.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Registered sex offenders are subjected to years of public embarrassment and scrutiny, but they aren't the only ones impacted by their crime. Their spo...

Bold Plan To Finance Chemical Castration

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.13.2013 | World

The Russian government has balked at the cost of a controversial program to deter pedophiles, so a trio of volunteers is stepping up. Veniamin Rodn...

My Gay Dad Is A Registered Sex Offender, And I Still Love Him

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Though I can't make excuses for some of the things my father did, I can find compassion in my heart to help me understand his struggle to come to terms with his sexuality.

Court Rules That Sex Offenders Are A-OK On Facebook

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 01.23.2013 | Technology

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by childr...

Sex Offender Involved In Supreme Court Case Allegedly Rapes Teen Girl

AP | BILL DRAPER | Posted 01.16.2013 | Crime

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A convicted rapist who unsuccessfully challenged Kansas' sex offender rehab program before the U.S. Supreme Court, then co-founded...

Prosecutors Now Say Neighbor Murdered Girl In 1970

AP | CARRIE ANTLFINGER | Posted 11.18.2012 | Crime

MILWAUKEE -- Virginia Davis describes says the pain left behind by her 9-year-old sister's 1970 rape and strangulation as being like "a million holes....

Which States Fail To Meet Federal Sex Offender Laws?

AP | SEAN MURPHY | Posted 10.04.2012 | Crime

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Nearly three dozen states have failed to meet conditions of a 2006 federal law that requires them to join a nationwide program to tra...

WATCH: Homeless Men Save Teen From Alleged Sex Attacker

Posted 09.21.2012 | Good News

Just one day after Kevin Long was released from prison, the 37-year-old registered sex offender is back behind bars for allegedly assaulting a teenage...

WATCH: Parents Give Sex Offender A Status Update

Posted 09.04.2012 | Parents

How far would you go to protect your child? For Jesper and Julie Myrfors of Sedro-Wooley, Wash., keeping their teenage daughter out of harm's way mea...

Is It Fair To Be Called A Sex Offender For Life?

The Huffington Post | Claire Gordon | Posted 08.07.2012 | Crime

Growing up in Texas, Travis Iosue never sat still. He would bark and howl and twitch. His eyes would roll back in his head. He once punched a wall ove...

Chris Kirkham

'Lock Them Up Forever And Let People Make Money Off Of It'

HuffingtonPost.com | Chris Kirkham | Posted 07.16.2012 | Business

Virginia is in the final stages of reviewing proposals that would privatize a mental health treatment facility for sex offenders who can be held indef...

Sext and Sensibility

David Finkelhor | Posted 09.10.2012 | College
David Finkelhor

The twin concerns are that teens in large numbers are mortgaging their futures by launching racy images of themselves into permanent cyber-orbit, and in the process also making themselves vulnerable for prosecution as sex offenders.