CCEPA: Sex and the Citizen pt. 4 – Children’s Sexuality: What are we afraid of? – Judith Levine

A good history lesson about sex and many facts are presented here by Judith Levine. Learn how sex offenders were invented by many lairs in the last several hundred years.

Judith Levine
Author of Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex, and Director, National Center for Reason and Justice

March 2, 2010
Seton Auditorium, Mount Saint Vincent University

Judith Levine and Erica Meiners write a series of articles that aim to deepen understanding and spur conversation about sex laws, “sex offender” management, and the people they affect.

Levine is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared in local, regional, and national publications, including Harper’s, the New York Times, and Vogue. She is the author of four books, one of which, Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States as one of history’s most influential books about sexuality. Levine is also a co-founder of the National Writers Union and No More Nice Girls, and has served on the boards of the National Center for Reason and Justice and the Vermont chapter of the ACLU.

Here are some additional facts that, while not presented in this video, should always be remembered by the public.
Over 95% of sex crimes against children are committed by first time offenders that have never before been convicted of any offence and therefore are not on any registry.

Recidivism by those listed on the public sex offender registry is very low. Many government studies have found it to be below 1% while some others find it to be between 5% and 1%. Very few, mostly much older ones that considered even the most minor non sex related offence to be recidivism, have found the recidivism rate to be above 5%.

Once a person is on the Internet sex offender registry list, even if they are later removed from that list, will find that their life is ruined permanently because of the many third parties that collect that information from the public registries and re-publish it permanently on the internet.

Even the Social Security Administration is allowed to discriminate against those that have been placed on the public sex offender registry. Social Security can take away their benefits that they have been paying into all their life, just because the SSA discovers the person is or was listed on the public sex offender registry.

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