The sex offender registration also lead to some mental health issues in an otherwise mentally healthy individual; after years of subjection and ridicule as well as a legal form of defamation of character, the “offender” as they are dubbed for life, has to just “suck it up” and live life without the privilege of being treated fairly and impartially treated in the workplace.
After 25 years on the registration the damage is done. The right of my dreams and aspirations of having a career have systematically been eliminated. With the Courts making decisions based on opinions and gender pressure, people like myself, who had one incident in life, lead to being labeled as an offender has to sit back and anything that the courts decide like from a dictator in his office. Not accounting for the so-called offenders original sentence. How many times has the credibility and necessity of the sex offender registration come into question? Has anything truly changed for the better? I say no. Have things become out of control in the sense that offenders no longer have any say-so or representation? I say yes. Organizations that have attempted to be on the side of the offenders have only made token changes over the course of the 25 years I have been on the registration. While living in Indiana I got out of prison and was labeled a sex offender. Over the course of a few years that title was replaced with sexually violent predator. Without ever being in violation of the registration. I contacted the ACLU many years ago, and have been waiting for things to change for many years. Thus far I haven’t seen any fruit from their efforts.
Do you want to know why there are only a few comments here on this forum? The reason is, nobody is talking about it in the public eye. The news agencies don’t want to talk about it because it’ll put them in a poor light. Therefore nobody really knows about it in the general scheme of things. Only a few of us who have the vision for change.
I have not heard anything on any news agency mainstream or otherwise about the SORNA proposal. The only reason why I have heard about it is the ACLU has informed me from time to time what the courts were doing.
In closing, it is my opinion based on the fact that it has been determined the sex offender registration has been a violation of civil rights; that the course maybe in a quandary about what to do about their past decisions. I am sure many others who have been subjected to the registration would follow suit. I feel that if the courts would find the sex offender registration a violation of a person civil rights and eliminate it because of that finding, the states that have it enacted the Sex Offender Registration , would be liable for damages. It is because of this belief that I feel that it is constantly slow-walked through Court proceedings. Not because of wanting to get any facts or make carefully informed decisions, but to cover the state’s proverbial butt.
It is my hope that justice prevails and the registration eliminated.