Tuesday, 13 May 2014

'Sex Offender' Is A Legal Term, Not A Lifestyle Choice

Apr 15

Once a sex offender, always a sex offender?

"It is a striking task to ask undergraduate students (as well as friends and family members) what they believe is the proportion of convicted sex offenders who recommit a new sexual offence. The typical response is: “most” or, for the more statistically-inclined, “80%, give or take 5%.” Research, however, does not match the public’s view. When based on official statistics (for example: new arrests or convictions for a sexual offence), the rates are disproportionately lower than common expectations: about 7% after 5 years and 12% after 10 years (Helmus et al., 2012) ..."

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Posted: May 12, 2014 - 7:39pm | Updated: May 13, 2014 - 12:16am

Dear Abby: Register for sex offenders covers gamut of offenses

"The reason for this is because of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to punishment, be it a one-time offender or a serial rapist. Most sexual abusers are either members of the family or a close family friend, and most are never reported. Only a small percentage of registered offenders pose a danger and should be under surveillance. The others should be allowed a second chance to continue with their lives without undue harassment.

If “Stunned” reports her co-worker to her employer, she will jeopardize his livelihood, which he needs to redeem his life."


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