The holidays represent friendship, peace and hope for a better future. However, holidays can be stressful and lonely for registered citizens and their families. Remember that you are not alone and that there are resources that may be helpful.
S.O.S.E.N. (Sex Offender Solutions Support and Education Network) is an internet site for registered citizens and their family members. It offers educational information, current updates on laws, links to other online resources, and a chance to communicate with and receive support from other registered citizens and their loved ones. It also has a support phone number to speak with a volunteer; 1-800-773-4319. If you are allowed internet access (or have family or friends who do), please considering going to https://sosen.org/. The mailing address is SOSEN, Inc. P.O. Box 235, Dixon, IL 61021.
R.S.O.L. (Reform Sex Offender Laws) is an important national website with several state branches that is actively working, among other things, to limit registry access strictly to law enforcement only and reverse retroactively applied restrictions. It tracks current legislation and legal challenges to sex offender restrictions throughout the country. The web address is http://nationalrsol.org/. The address for general correspondence is Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc., PO Box 400838, Cambridge, MA 02140.
W.A.R. (Women Against Registry) is another useful site for registered citizens and their families. The focus of this group is on the destructive effect the sex offender registry has on the families of registered citizens. The web address is https://www.womenagainstregistry.org/. This group also has a support hot line (800-773-4319) and email link firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is: P.O Box 463, Arnold, MO 63010.
Wishing you peace and hope this holiday season – S.O.S.E.N.