Oakland youth in sex diary case found dead
... committed suicide after finding out he would be placed on the
sex offender registry for life - Marsha Low, Free Press & CF America, date unknown
This is happening all across this country. Children and men
being arrested and charged with sex crimes, then branded for lifetime
registration as a sex offender.
Being branded a sex offender ruins your life. You cannot join the
military, go to college, school, parks, or get a job. You can just about
live no where.
Teenager forced himself on child
- BBC UK, October 10, 2008
A teenager who forced himself on a boy playing truant from school has
been on the sex offenders register since the age of 13, a court has
Juveniles face 25 years on Florida's sex-offender Web site
- Sarah Lundy, Orlando Sentinel, January 6, 2008
Two are in seventh grade. Another is a sophomore in high school. Yet
another, 18 years old, weighs 105 pounds and stands barely over 5 feet
Now, a new state law requires posting their faces and addresses on
Internet along with adult rapists and pedophiles. Some legal experts say
this goes against the purpose of juvenile court where rehabilitation and
confidentiality are key. [...]
The problem with the new law, experts say, it that the sex-offender
label is based on offense and not risk. With the right treatment, many
young offenders don't end up offending again, said David Prescott [...] "My concerns are that . .
recidivism among young people is so low that we may actually do more
harm for many of them."
Georgia sex offender registry - Over 16,000 stories for each crime
- Katie Beasley, News 12 First at Five, November 18, 2008
Wendy was forced to register as a
sex offender [...]. Wendy is one of over 16,000 people on Georgia's sex offender
registry. One of over 16,000 stories to go along with each crime.
[...] She's one of thousands on the Georgia sex
offender registry. Wendy had consensual oral sex with a classmate. She
was seventeen, he was fifteen. That crime, from twelve years ago, has
her being forced to move from her Harlem home because of Georgia's
Richmond County Investigator Ron Sylvester says that's the way the
Young, but ‘predators’ for life
- New sex-offender laws, meant to protect, may instead ruin lives
and increase risks - Abigail Goldman, The Las Vegas Sun, January 6, 2008
David Prescott [...] said treating kids like
monsters might make them monsters.
Nevada's new laws are retroactive. Anybody who
was at least 14 years old and convicted of a crime against a child
after July 1, 1956, is subject to
the new regulations.
For many, these regulations must be obeyed for
This, despite the fact that, according to
experts, juveniles are unlikely to re-offend.
Several cases are described in the article.
Advocates say juveniles should be kept off sex offender lists
- Mansfield News Journal, January 21, 2008
Requiring juveniles to register could cause young people a host of
problems, including preventing foster or adoptive parents from taking
them in because they don't want their addresses listed on sex offender
registries, said Ken Boris, who oversees the sex abuse unit at the
Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services.
Sex registry called too harsh for juveniles
- New offender law groups teens with adults, regardless of recidivism
risk - Lisa Sandberg, The Chronical & Express News Net (Australia), February
Scores of prosecutors, victims' rights advocates and normally
lawmakers say provisions of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety
Act of 2006 are Draconian and costly and may end up harming the victims
they're supposed to protect.
The act requires all states to
participate in a national sex offender registry and makes no exception
for many younger offenders, putting juveniles who engage in consensual
sex with children younger than 13 in the same category as armed adult
rapists and pedophiles, in some instances for life.
Is Ricky Really a Sex Offender? - California's registry for life may soon include promiscuous kids
- Hanna Ingber Win, lacitybeat.com, February 20, 2008
When Ricky was 16, he went to a teen club and met a girl named
who said she was the same age. They hit it off and were eventually
having sex. At the time Ricky thought it was a pretty normal high school
Two years later, Ricky is a registered sex offender, and his life is
Amanda turned out to be 13. Ricky was arrested, tried as an adult,
pleaded guilty ....
Being labeled a sex offender has completely changed Ricky's life,
leading him to be kicked out of high school, thrown out of parks,
taunted by neighbors, harassed by strangers, and unable to live within
2,000 feet of a school, day-care center or park.
The law is counterproductive because young people are more likely to be
rehabilitated and successful in the future if they get involved with
social activities like sports, bands, choir, or a job.