Shana Rowan | Chicago Reader

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Re: “The misunderstood sex offender

I am a survivor of violent assault, and also the girlfriend of a registered sex offender. He is a wonderful, kind person who committed his "crime" when he was a child, in the midst of being severely sexually, physically and emotionally abused by his own mother. She was aware of his "crime" (which was mutual touching between he and his younger half-sister), but waited to report it until he was old enough to be charged as an adult, long after it had stopped. There was no violence or force used whatsoever. Yet, he is forced to wear the label of "sex offender" forever, and HIS abusers will never face justice. YES, the laws are too broad! There are violent individuals out there - no one is debating that, and if you actually read the article you would see that there is a distinction being made. However, it is a fact that our legislation punishes hundreds of thousands for crimes that a very small percentage of people MIGHT do. Not only is that ineffective, but cruel. The collateral damage suffered by the loved ones of offenders is immeasurable. What about child and teen offenders? You really believe they deserve to be treated the same way as a serial child molester or violent rapist? I don't think any sane person would, but that's reality.

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Posted by Shana Rowan on 12/19/2011 at 12:27 PM

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