Collateral Damage in America’s War on Sex Crimes

This is from a recent post on LIFE ON THE LIST

Victims Don’t Support Sex Offender Registries Either!

Scholarly research on out-of-the way topics often suffers the fate of the talented actor stuck on a Shakespearean stage in London—the attention the public pays bears no relationship to the quality of the product.

Last year’s book compilation of studies on sex crime policy Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions belongs in that category. Each chapter is written by a leading researcher in the field under the editorship of Richard Wright, who chairs Bridgewater State University’s Department of Criminal Justice.

The book has gotten no mention in the press. You might dismiss this as just another case of research that lacked a lapel-grabbing angle for editors. But that’s wrong: if nothing else, it deserves attention for a startling chapter that should change our assumptions about whom our harsh sex crime policies benefit.

In that piece, Simpson College researcher Rachel Kate Bandy describes a study unlike anything done before—she asked victims and their advocates what they think of current sex crime policies. Specifically, she interviewed 21 sexual assault and sexual abuse victims and the heads of five state sexual assault coalitions, who work to treat current victims and prevent future sexual violence.

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3 comments for “Collateral Damage in America’s War on Sex Crimes

  1. Kayt
    May 24, 2015 at 8:56 am

    My son and I are collateral damage. I wonder how long it will take for people to form a Revolution.

    I read in the news that the Government is limiting food stamps now and there are cities everywhere who are making it illegal to feed the homeless and they are enforcing those laws with aggression. In many places it’s illegal to sleep in the streets but there are few places for registered citizens to live and in some areas there is no place at all for registered citizens to live.

    The governmental idea is that to refuse to feed people they will be forced to go to work. And we shout back, that Registered Citizens often cannot find work and when they do they are offered jobs that are far below the norm. Subjecting Americans to very low pay or no jobs at all, some who are highly educated and all the while USA citizens are complaining about sweat shops in other countries.

    I can see many outcomes of these laws and I think that it’s very, very sad that America is truly imploding, America is destroying itself from within.

    Collateral damage. One who is speaks up and says that only the strong really do survive. I suggest that we do everything possible to strengthen ourselves and then as we become stronger we reach out to others who are not so strong and help them as much as we can. We really need to do this because if we don’t, we are only shouting to the dark side and doing nothing.

    I envision the world a better place where the strong lift people up and help them to also be strong and then to move forward to show the world that a label will not destroy.

  2. Scott
    May 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    America is causing its own Collateral Damage. American lawmakers don’t have a clue what they want. First they scream about sex offenders and then they allow Boy Scouts to allow openly gay males sleep with children who are employed by the scouts as leaders or other positions.

    IF they say Men are supposed to be among the highest of offenders, Why do they allow such things as this to happen and open a door for problems as big as what has happened in the Catholic church and other denominations?? Immorality has gone out the window. Seems like what is Good is Evil and What is Evil is Good…. We need to stand up and be strong and stop trying to please the lawlessness of America when they decide to railroad us to the point of feeling worthless.
    We are NOT worthless and we need solution rather than hardship from hysteria and stigma and paranoia because i walk down the street and people think i am just that bad i might grab some kid. I am frankly afraid of society myself because i too don’t know who to trust.

  3. Spotlessmind
    May 28, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Politicians and the general public rarely think about all the collateral damage caused by their laws created out of fear. Case in point….health care.

    Until very recently, I was unemployed. In the nearly four years since I was arrested, the challenge of finding any job, however menial, was daunting. I, like many others, found even getting interviews a rare experience and even then, there was ultimate rejection. My unemployment benefit ran out about a year after my arrest. Fortunately, I turned 55 shortly thereafter and had access to an old-time Pension from the very first job I had after high school. It was something I was hoping to save for my actual retirement but was forced to use it then simply to survive. (Of course, since I was not yet 59 1/2, the government took a 20% “penalty” on top of their income taxes even though it was because of their silly laws that I was forced to use it).

    Anyway, once Obamacare became law, I applied using my pension as my income. I pay around $80/month to have decent medical coverage. This fact infuriates my sister who lives in her $750k home in an upper middle class neighborhood, goes on frequent road trips with her husband in a luxurious mobile home. Why should she have to pay $400/month for their medical insurance? Why can’t she pay $80 like I do? I try to explain that it’s based on income and such but she plays her own “poverty” card and I see the debate is pointless.

    I digress. Sorry. The point I’m trying to make is that there are over 820,000 of us now on the registry. I don’t know how many of us are unemployed but I imagine it must be a substantial number.. If they can’t afford Obamacare, then they will be forced to go onto Medicaid. And who pays for that?

    More collateral costs of the Registry that I bet the public doesn’t think about and the politicians are happy to keep their constituents in the dark about that.

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