Welcome to SORS, a study of people on the sex offense registry. SORS is a national study addressing the need for up-to-date, nuanced research on the effects of sex offense registries. This study is led by researchers at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, Ceres Policy Research, UCLA School of Law, and the University of Miami School of Law.

Our Mission
The identification and punishment of registrants (people on sex offense registries) is an area of growing concern. Registration can affect where people live, whether they can get work, and their ability to connect with communities. SORS helps address an important knowledge gap in law, policy, and research by collecting anonymous information from registrants on pathways leading to registration and the impact of registries. Areas of interest include race/ethnicity, income level, sexual orientation, gender identity, and the lived experiences of registrants.

Study Goals
The goals of this study are:

1. Describe demographics including racial and ethnic groups, gender, socioeconomic status, and LGBTQ+ people on registries.

2. Describe the pathways leading people to registration.

3. Describe the collateral consequences of registration and notification.

If you are registered for a sex offense, over the age of 18, and live in the United States, you are eligible to participate in this study. Please complete the survey using this link: SORS Survey. Survey information is completely anonymous and confidential. You will not be asked to provide your name or contact information. Research findings will only be reported for groups of people (e.g., by age group) and will never identify information for any specific participant individually.

If you are in contact with other registrants, please send them this link and encourage them to participate. The link may be shared widely on listservs, websites, newsletters, social media, etc. Your participation will help to advance knowledge about this topic. Thank you!

[] [Note from Janice @ ACSOL: I can attest that this is a legitimate study]



  1. Thomas Darby
    March 13, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I hate surveys, generally don’t do them unless I want to get a free Big Mac or something. But this one was interesting. It wasn’t well thought-out, however, as some answers did not make sense to me, but I did the best I could. Hope it helps. Now do I get my “get off the registry free” card?

  2. March 15, 2020 at 6:48 am

    After everyone is done with this survey, I ask registrants and their loved ones to take my survey on whether or not you’ll take the Census this year, as some have suggested registrant don’t take the US Census.

    In regards to negative comments about taking surveys, part of the reason why we don’t get more accomplished is that the negative Nancys love to piss and moan about every single request. If taking surveys is such a difficult thing for you to do,then how can we depend on you when we need anything else? Stop complaining and take the surveys.

    This movement needs a multi-faceted approach, not just sit on out rear ends waiting on lawsuits to lead us to the promised land.

  3. Jon
    March 16, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I took the survey. It was very easy and straight forward. I enjoy surveys like this. As Derek stated above, this is our one chance to possibly get something accomplished that might help us.

  4. Robert Foster Mullen
    April 11, 2020 at 9:28 am

    I enjoyed the survey. Anything i can do to help those , understand what we go through. And maybe get some changes.

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