- ALL children have the right to grow up safe from harm.
- ALL (families) have the right to healing where there has been pain.
- Communities have the right to laws and policies which actually WORK to achieve these goals.
- Placing a family on a publicized registry is demonstrably ineffective in protecting children or (women) from harm.
- Families and whole communities are subjected to vulnerability and devastation when legislators continually passing knee-jerk laws.
- Given appropriate treatment and a stable, supportive environment, most people on the registry will not re-offend.
- If they could safely get treatment at the first sign of trouble, many could avoid offending in the first place!
- Persons who commit sexual offenses should be punished, receive preventive therapy, and then professionally monitored for an appropriate period. However, most of these people do not present a risk to their communities. The general public gains no advantage by knowing the names and locations of these lower-risk registrants.
- True predatory rapists with no motivation to change are a risk to public safety and should be professionally monitored. However,
- Monitoring should only take place when ordered by a judge as part of the sentencing process.
- The judge’s decision should be based on a thorough, independent psycho-sexual risk assessment.
- Persons should have some way of exiting the system if they can be given a step-by-step treatment program where progress is apparent and they can later be assessed as low-risk.
- When the family is placed on a public registry, they face:
- Possible loss of jobs
- Inability to get another job if the employer’s name and location are on the registry
- Harassment by neighbors, vigilantes, even some law enforcement,
- Homelessness, because their landlords are also harassed, and
- Constant fear for their own safety and for the safety of other loved ones
Goals to Allow the Family to Re-Integrate and Function
- Reform punitive registry laws.
- Challenge civil and judicial rules and procedures.
- Communicate civil commitment statutes, practices and effect on the family.
- Affect the reform of irrational sentencing practices.
- Abolish residency restrictions.
- Unify independent grass roots organizations to provide a strong, strident voice for change.
- Shift the focus to the damage being done by destroying the family unit and therefore, does not save children.
- Promote a supportive attitude among citizens concerning the American ideals of human rights and justice for all affected by sexual offense laws.
- Strive for cost-effective laws that will truly work to protect children and adults from sexual harm.
- Ensure that all people are offered equal protection afforded by law and are protected against unlawful discrimination.
- Promote and strengthen positive and healthy relationships among all persons affected by sexual offenses.
- Develop educational programs and public service announcements teaching parents ways to protect their children and empower them to protect themselves.
Women Against Registry media contact:
800-311-3764, option #1