A New Look at Collateral Damage

I am bringing the article below back to the front page for a couple of reasons. One is to remind people that when a vigilante goes after a registered citizen, as John Canzano has done in the Oregonian, that there is collateral damage caused by his actions. In this case the young man that he has chosen to attack has a family and all of them are now victims of Canzano’s actions. One more thing needs to be added, someone needs to thank the Oregonian and this author for re-victimizing the victim, the victim that he seems to care so much about on the surface to justify his actions. The truth is he doesn’t care about the victim in my opinion, because the victim was a family member who is now having to relive things that she may have already dealt with. http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/oregonian/john_canzano/index.ssf/2017/06/canzano_a_deep_dive_on_why_the.html
thank you Oregonian for your lack of insight in your desire to play the sex offender card and make a few extra dollars. You are now part of the problem not part of the solution.

Organizations like the Oregonian and people like Canzano, as well as people within the criminal justice system, really don’t care about what the victims want, that is unless the victims want what they want, and what they want is to show their self-righteousness and have control over disadvantaged groups. This was obvious in another recent news story http://pilotonline.com/news/nation-world/national/polanski-s-victim-pleads-to-end-case-he-owes-me/article_6a450930-89aa-5486-bed4-be157d938ce3.html where Samantha Geimer the victim made a statement in the court room.”If I was standing here saying, ‘Throw the book at him, I want him in jail for life,’ my opinion would count,” Geimer said. “When I’m standing here saying, ‘I’m fine and nothing you can do to him will help me or anybody else,’ suddenly it’s the state not me that counts. It’s a really hypocritical view.”

“The trauma of the ordeal that followed was so great that, you know, the brief encounter with him that evening that was unpleasant just faded and paled,” Samantha Geimer said outside a courtroom in Los Angeles Superior Court. “It just wasn’t as traumatic for me as everybody would like to believe it was.”

I for one would hope that the people involved in this fiasco of reporting would realize the damage that they have done to the victim and the family as well as the perpetrator who has paid for his crime and is now a member of a disfavored group that has a re-offense rate of less than 1% and is involved in less than 1% of all new sex crime meaning that the author of this story is in the 99th percentile to be involved in a sex crime where the subject of his article is in the less than 1%. —- Now to the article that has been brought forward to bring home the point of Collateral damage.


Government Sanctioned Cruelty to over half a Million American Children.

As strange as it may seem there are many disfranchise or second-class citizens in the United States and many of those American citizens have children that look to them for not only food and shelter, but emotional and moral support. At the present time government sanctions are undermining a group of second-class citizens ability not only to provide the emotional support, but the food and shelter as well.

This can’t happen in America, you say, but at the present time there are over an estimated 752,000 people in the United States that are similarly situated in that they have found their children mentally emotionally and physically attacked because of government policies. I recognize that not every person of that 752,000 has a child, but I also know from my own experience that many of them do have multiple children.For the sake of argument let’s say that each one of these people has at least one child of their own, or a stepchild, grandchild, niece or nephew, not to mention spouses, parents, brothers and sisters aunts and uncles. At the present time the estimate is well over 2.5 million people affected by government interference.

At the present time many studies have shown that the damage to this group of individuals is substantial and ongoing. To give you an idea, in a recent study done by Jill Levenson the family impact study (http://www.opd.ohio.gov/AWA_Information/AW_levenson_family_impact_study.pdf ) it was found that 47% of this groups’ children have been harassed, 59% have been ridiculed by others, 22% have been physically attacked, 65% feel left out and lonely, 77% suffer from depression, 63% suffer from fear, 73% suffer from anxiety, 13% have suicidal tendencies and 80% have anger issues related to government sanctions against their parents.

I realize that these percentages don’t make a lot of sense so let’s get down to the real numbers 352,500 children have been harassed, 442,500 children have been ridiculed, 156,000 children have been physically attacked, 487,500 children feel left out and lonely, 577,500 suffer from depression, 472,500 suffer from fear, 547,500 suffer from anxiety, 97,500 children have suicidal tendencies and over 600,000 children have anger issues.

Many of that 752,000 group have been forced from their homes, some have been denied jobs and some have been forced to separate from their families. Many of this group are also young people who have been forced into homelessness because they have been denied the right to live with their parents because of city and state segregation type sanctions placed against them.

At this point I understand your confusion, what is this group of people that this suffering so badly within the United States and why haven’t you heard about them. If you’re a member of the civil rights group you can see the need for someone to stand up and speak out for these people and their families, and the groups that do this will find a large influx of members and money. But sadly, as it was during the 1930s, as Hitler’s regime was starting to take power In Germany and singling out disfavored groups, most people and groups will choose the cowardly way out and will turn a blind eye to this type of discrimination. Others will use bigotry and false information to justify their actions as Americans did against The Japanese-Americans during World War II.

To find these people you have no further to look than your state sex offender registry. Let’s  put one myth to rest immediately, people who have been caught in registrable offenses reoffend at less than 1%,  again since percentages can be misleading lets put it into real numbers. We know that the media plays a sex offender card any time somebody is involved in a media story If a person is on the registry, no matter that they are the victim in a car accident or a victim of a home invasion, it is always pointed out that they are on the registry, but how many times a month does somebody on the registry actually reoffend in a new sex crime. Strange with the media keeping such close tabs on registered citizens and strange that a person on the registry reoffending in the new sex crime only come up with two or three times a month for the entire country. This is especially true when the news media makes a point any time, somebody on the registry reoffends and the story ends up showing all across the country. If a full 1% of the people with prior sexual convictions were to reoffend there would be at least 144 people show up on the news per WEEK instead of the two or three per MONTH that do show up. The few studies that have been done of the re-offense rate of people on the registry show a re-offense rate of less than 1% per year. So It would seem that organizations need to speak up for that 99+% for the families and offenders that have paid their debt to society, but because of the registry, these families and children have been made to suffer a living hell.

Why aren’t other organizations and groups taking a stand and speak out against this state-sponsored segregation and discrimination, because if they don’t soon it will only lead to more segregation and discrimination against other groups. It’s easy for corrupt politicians to pass laws that are only enacted against the low hanging fruit of society, but eventually when that fruit is gone they start picking from higher limbs on the tree. Think about it, if they can get away with it with a specific group of citizens now, you or somebody you know may be the next one that is discriminated against. You need to start acting now to put an end to the segregation and discrimination that has been enacted by politicians and public officials against the children and families of registered citizens. Removing community notification will save hundreds of thousands of children from harms way.

11 comments for “A New Look at Collateral Damage

  1. Gini
    June 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    A person also needs to take into the aspect of the collateral damage that may be done to those around the offender. This reporter has now also unnecessarily publicly scorned and shamed this young man’s associates, teammates, classmates, the university, and the list continues. Some of these people may hear it for some time to come, questions and criticisms about their association with the person. Many people go with the attitude of “birds of a feather flock together” and try to say that what one person does the rest will follow suit, if that is true you may as well forget about ever having a designated driver for your Saturday night party at the club.

  2. Sharon
    June 12, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    To the Oregonian (Oregonian/OregonLive) and to John Canzano and those who are responsible for the news release about Luke Heimlich, I am so, so sorry that you choose to line up with those who base your careers on the destruction of lives!

    To the young girl: The young person who is said to be a “victim”…I hope that someone teaches you how to be a “survivor.”

    To Luke Heimlich: You were actually a child yourself at age fifteen. I hope that you keep the faith in life and join groups such as Sosen and other groups who will help you in your journey.

    To the general public: Why are you not learning how sex offenses can destroy your children’s lives? Why don’t you read the news? What happened to sex training in schools? Why are people not being trained about sexual advances and all of the consequences?

    To the mother of the said victim of Luke Heimlich: Why are you even talking to the media? Don’t you realize that your daughter wouldn’t want her most private world invaded by the media who doesn’t give a care for her but just wants to make big news hits to an international audience?

  3. June 13, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Canzano and the other reporters are all cowards. It was a coordinated effort to derail this man’s career.

    I wish we had a political cartoonist.

  4. Alan Davis
    June 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Those in the media at the Oregonian have demonstrated how they can commit an act of vigilantism with little to no immunity. There wasn’t a single element of protection for the young victum from over five years ago nor any other person in the state of Oregon that was protected by releasing this story. SHAME ON YOU Canzano!

  5. Will Bassler
    June 13, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    okay Oregonian I hope you’re all ready for a nice lawsuit after all you have implied by your article that this person is dangerous in the future. I hope you are prepared to prove that in court, because if you can’t then you have besmirched his name and damaged him and his family leaving yourself open for a defamation of character for him and his family and a false light lawsuit ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_light )

    don’t think that you going to be able to rely on bogus studies showing a high re-offense rate all of those studies are done on a limited number of people for a limited time periods and for specific subgroups within the registry. plus most of them rely on re-arrest records and that is not the way the system works the only time it is a re-offense is when it is for the same type of crime and it is a Conviction, rearrests do not count. there are only two studies that have looked at reconviction rate in a new sex crime for all people on the registry one comes out of Nebraska and one comes out of Ohio and they have been talked about in articles on this website. and they show a re-offense rate of less than 1% so good luck Oregonian trying to win the argument that this person is dangerous based on his previous conviction and the fact that he shows up on the registry.

  6. mike r
    June 14, 2017 at 12:16 am

    So beautifully articulated Will. You have a real God giving talent in your writings. I can say with complete honesty that I am astounded and amazed at your abilities. Thanks to a lot of your articles on this site and with countless hours of research and work and the help of many different individuals on the ACSOL site I was able to create an incredibly powerful motion that I have just finished and which is now posted on my site at

    It is a really arduous read but
    I really hope you take a look at it and take the time to read through it and let me know if you may have any suggestions or just give me your impression of how strong it is. Thanks…it’s been a real team effort to get it to where it’s at and I plan on filing either this week or next week at the latest….

  7. Not drafted
    June 15, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Luke was not drafted yesterday in the MLB draft by the way.

  8. Ripple effect grows even wider
    June 15, 2017 at 9:54 am

    The Story Keeps on growing:

    One Strike and You’re Out: Is Redemption Possible for Luke Heimlich?

    {Derek Logue gives a nice comment too here that seems to pull the curtain back a bit}

    Oregonian’s John Canzano and Danny Moran Complete Luke Heimlich Hit Piece

    A look at some issues involving Luke Heimlich

    Oregonian Editor section with plenty of thoughts (arrogantly) on this topic in multiple editorials (need to scroll through them):

  9. Will Bassler
    June 16, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    posting something I just received from a friend.

    Hello everyone: Two star pitchers, two crimes, two victims, punishment served. One committed a sex crime as a teen. The other, as an adult, nearly killed a man while driving drunk. The media treats them as though they live on different planets. This week’s post asks why: http://www.lifeonlist.org/a-tale-of-two-pitchers/.

  10. kayt
    June 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Some people believe that John Canzano is using Hemlich as click bait for his job and while that may be true, I think that Canzano is a vigilante, using his job as an excuse to further destroy lives of those who are the accused and convicted of sex crimes. It does baffle me though, to read Canzano’s posts that seem to say that he’s surprised that there are so many who oppose his attacks on Hemlich.

    I thought I picked up on the link below in the above writings, but I can’t find it just by looking through them. I like the New Yorker write up although it’s a couple of years old now, it really tells it like it is. I had to actually copy and paste this one into word just to read it and it was long. Obviously, that site leans to a lot of advertisements and it messes up the reading, I kept losing my place until I copied/pasted, but the research on sex offenders and especially youthful sex offenders was very good. It is long, but good. Very truthful on all sides. Yea for the New Yorker!

    By Sarah Stillman
    Annals of Justice
    March 14, 2016 Issue
    The List
    When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence.

  11. Scott
    June 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

    This whole article is very upsetting. I don’t think as long as we flaunt our sexual deviance by way of media of every kind whether it be music movies or magazines, we will see this go away.

    It seems as though the more education we provide it may very well be working against us as we teach the youth at such a young age. I don’t believe the youth understand the consequences of the actions they make before or after the fact. The education is simply gone too young and too far.

    If the legal age of consent is set as both state and federal laws, then the children/youth shouldn’t be educated until the parents give permission to do so. This is not working and it seems like the system is feeding the enemy they don’t know how to stop. Sexual sin is a hard habit to break once you are stimulated and you have the feel good experience. We’ve all been there and we all seem to lack some or much self control at some point our lives.

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