Tag Archives | sex offender registry

Young kids make up a great number of registered sex offenders. (Photo by Husin.Sani)

What is the Most Common Age of a Sex Offender? (Surprise!)

. Readers, here’s my piece on sex offender laws that’s in today’s New York Post. If you have sons, it might give you pause. Bogus ‘sex offender’ labels are ruining lives by Lenore Skenazy What’s the most common age of sex-offenders? It’s not a trick question, but unless you follow this stuff closely you’ll almost certainly answer […]

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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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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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Maybe the problem with calling sexting "child porn" is that we refuse to distinguish between 4 year olds and 14 year olds.

UPDATE: Teen Sexters are Not Child Pornographers

. UPDATE: Here is an email address to write to the US Sentencing Commission: public_comment@ussc.gov. . You’ve probably heard of this incident by now: 100 or possibly even more teens and pre-teens busted for sexting in Colorado. This is hardly an isolated incident. Teens. Phones. Cameras. As if we couldn’t all guess what would happen. The only […]

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Not all dots pose a threat to kids.

My Interview in Salon about Sex Offenders & Child Safety

This past Sunday I held a “Sex Offender Brunch.” Doesn’t everyone? A few days later a reporter from Salon called me up to ask about it. So here’s an excerpt from what I told her. And here’s my piece in the NY Daily News also about the brunch. (This story is lasting as long as […]

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Uh...please don't look at my text and if you do, please don't send me to prison.

Are Teens Who Sext “Child Pornographers?”

Thanks to our mistaken belief that no one under 18 can have any legitimate sexual feelings—and hence any sex they’ve engaged in was coerced and bound to render unspeakable emotional harm—we have laws on the books like this one in Wisconsin, according to USA Today (boldface mine, all mine!): In 2012, state lawmakers passed into law […]

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Over-alerting?

AMBER ALER…Aww, Never Mind

This note comes to us from Reilly Capps, who was a Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Hi Free-Range Kids: It’s Reilly, I wrote you about crazy drop-off procedures at my niece’s school.  This is about the new ability of Amber Alerts to come to your phone, which you’ve talked about before. It’s disconcerting, and in some cases, unnecessary. […]

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