Archive | Sex Offender Issues

It's not fun to think of all the possible intersections between people with disabilities and the sex offender laws. But we have to.

How Our Autistic Son Ended up a “Sex Offender for Life”

. I was speaking at the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers last week, even as this story was sent to me by my dear friend whose 20something son has Autism. This issue is so thorny, fraught and sad: If a person is developmentally disabled and therefore not in step with others his […]

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Shall we send these folks to prison?

From Consensual Teen Sex to Solitary Confinement. Plus: An Explanation of the “Peter-Meter”

. This week’s New Yorker contains possibly the most devastating article I’ve ever read: Sarah Stillman‘s, “The List,” subtitled, “When juveniles are found guilty of sexual misconduct, the sex-offender registry can be a life sentence.” Stillman  calmly details just how shocking and sadistic our sex offender laws are, from arresting tweens who played doctor, to […]

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There are guys in jail for doing what they sung about in 1964.

Would The Beatles be Sex Offenders Today?

. I was just whistling the Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There,” which famously begins, “Well she was just 17, you know what I mean?” I believe I do know. Which made me think: John Lennon wrote the “You know what I mean?” line. He and the Beatles sang this song on Ed Sullivan in 1964, when […]

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In our desire to keep our kids safe, we are locking some of them up.

Kids As Young As 9 Are on the Sex Offender Registry…for Life

. Southwestern Law School Professor Catherine L.Carpenter puts it bluntly in her new research paper, Throwaway Children: The Tragic Consequences of a False Narrative. “Truth be told,” she writes, “we are afraid for our children and we are afraid of our children.” Being afraid for our kids has lead us to create ever harsher sex offender […]

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The 10 Worst Free-Range Kids Stories of 2015 (and the 5 best!)

. A mash-up of the most insane events proceeding from the desire to keep our precious kids safe…no matter how moronically: 1 – Mom Who Overslept While Her Son Walked to School Handcuffed, Threatened with 10 Years’ Sentence In November, Connecticut mom Maria Hasankolli overslept while her son, age 8, got himself ready for school, […]

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