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This is how to pass a bill with no facts to support it
The discussion in the U.S. House pertinent to International Megan's Law has ended with a vote to pass the resolution under suspension of the rules. Ten legislators spoke in favor of the bill. They all threw out a lot of numbers, sometimes in conflict with e...
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"Whoever does this to the least of these..." --and today that is sex offenders; a Christmas story
Warm, fuzzy, feel-good stories about sex offenders are a little hard to come by, even at Christmas time. The stories are more likely to be of the type that threatens to put them out on the streets in the freezing weather or refuses them admittance to emerge...
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The sex offender industry
Follow the money. How often has this advice
been given, and how often has the heeding of it led to the unraveling of an
enigma or a crime. The sex offender industry is
both, and following the money trail reveals what lies at the heart and
continues to drive...
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Manufactured Fear
It's a horrifying video . Children go up to a door trick-or-treating and then inside when the man who opens the door tells them the candy is "downstairs." After finding no candy, they are told by the man there is none, and as he advances on the kids, they s...
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There are idiots, and they walk among us
I have a friend who often expresses the reluctance to say, "Well, now I've seen everything!" because, he claims, something more ridiculous is sure to come along. And he's right. A state senator in Florida has filed a bill  "that would make it a crime for re...
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What feeds rape culture--or--doesn't everyone want a dress with a penis on it?
No publication is complete without an occasional inclusion of the latest in the fashion world. I most likely would not have stumbled on this had it not shown up under a “rape culture” alert I subscribe to. Rape culture is a term that showed up five or so ye...
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Where the registry’s involved, there are no winners.
I’ve just finished watching an episode of Law and Order, SVU. Basic story: High school couple on first date at a school dance; they are both a little socially awkward and inexperienced. She isn’t at all adverse to “making out,” and they end up in the dark r...
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Freezing weather, shelters, and sex offenders; it's deja vu all over again
A month shy of a year ago, I posted a long and bitter post  about the policy of at least one homeless shelter regarding sex offenders. That place, as part of its general policy, excluded anyone on the sex offender registry from, literally, coming in from th...
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To seek the truth or not
This is not a political blog except insofar as political posturing affects legislation which affects policies which govern those on the registry. The world of politics per se is something I stay away from....until.... Until a contender for our nation's high...
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The train wreck continues in Rhode Island
Byron Deweldon is not the poster boy for one-trial learning. He has several sexual assault convictions behind him and was civilly committed for eight years. But he was released from civil commitment last year. That means that he was found no longer to be at...
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Travesty in Rhode Island
October and cooler weather are upon us, and November will be
here before we’ve unpacked all the winter clothes. November is Thanksgiving,
and Thanksgiving means Christmas is hasting on, and both Thanksgiving and
Christmas mean home and family. This year, fo...
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A new name and a new law claiming to fight child sex abuse, and guess what? THIS one will work!
We could say the names in our sleep—Megan’s Law; the Adam
Walsh Act; Polly Klass; Jessica’s Law; Lauren Book; Chelsea’s Law; Laura Ahearn; and so many
others. They all mark milestones for laws and policies and mandates and programs that claim to fight child...
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