To sum up yesterday’s hour-long radio interview:
The reality is that it's incredibly easy to be registered for a sex crime. Lenore Skenazy of Free Range Kids discussed how your child is more likely to be victimized by the registry than by someone on the registry, at a recent conference. There is a load of truth to her claim, and it points to a much larger issue. These registries are punishment, and the lengths of punishment are only bound by the creativity of policymakers. In no way are we saying that sexual wrongdoing isn't harmful. People who commit sex abuse should be held accountable, but we argue they must also be given a chance at rehabilitation. Their punishments are not making communities safer. People on registries are frequently subject to invasive and homophobic assessments and testing; civil commitment where people are unconstituionally detained with no relief or treatment; restrictions on where registrants can live, work, and be present; lifetime registration, alienation, stigmatization, and discrimination. These collateral damages are also experienced by the people who support and love them, so in reality registries are destroying families. Not only do we discuss punishments, but we touch-on the dedicated efforts of allies in other organizations and support their hard work. We can’t fight against these registry schemes alone. As June’s ACSOL conference reminded us, we’re all in this together. Press play below to listen to the interview. It starts around the six minute mark. If you like what you hear, please take a moment and send an email to the station at firstname.lastname@example.org. They appreciate feedback from listeners.
P.S. Stay tuned for another edition on October 25 at 3PM EST. We’ll be back on the show, and this time we’ll tackle the myths of sex offenses, especially Halloween issues.
This program is courtesy of It Could Be You, and KABF 88.3 FM Community Radio, “The Voice of the People,” Little Rock, Arkansas. www.kabf.org