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MissDaisy1
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 9:11:31 PM

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Convicted felons who commit sex offenses must register in their state with the county sheriff. However, many critics believe that some offenses should not be included. These offenses include: public urination and broader crimes such as child abuse. In fact, some parents have had to register for child abuse not related to sexual acts.

Should the sex offender registry system be modified to omit offenses such as pubic urination and child abuse?
MrNudiePants
Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 9:49:45 PM

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This is an area where local standards have to apply. Walk down Eaton Street in Key West, butt-ass naked and you'll prolly get told to cover up. Do the same in Washington DC, and they'll prolly put you UNDER the jail. I do think that "sex offender" laws need to be looked at, because I think there's far too much "zero tolerance" bullshit the way things are now, but whatever changes are made should be made on a local level, by the people who live in a town or county. They're the ones who have to live by their laws - why should they not have a say in how they're written?
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Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 2:04:55 PM

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I am not real familiar with all the details of sex crime laws. However I do believe that something like public urination should not be considered a sex crime. There are many gray areas regarding what is and shouldnt be a sex crime.

For example, if the proverbial dirty old man in a rain coat flashes a woman, that can be considered a sex crime and he might have to register as a sex offender in some jurisdictions. However a woman wearing a short skirt with no panties can be sitting in a club flashing her pussy to all who want to see and chances are at worst she will be told to stop or leave. Is there really a difference assuming no physical contact was made?

In my opinion, in order for something to be a se crime, there needs to be contact(or an attempt at contact) as long as there were no minors involved. In cases where an adult intentionally flashes a minor, that is a different story.

On another note, I believe the legal age of consent should be the same throughout the country and not vary state to state. Should it be considered statutory rape if a guy from a state where the age of consent is 16 has consentual sex with a 17yo in a state where the legal age of consent is 18? He broke the law but was it because he didnt know the law? or Stanardizing it eliminates problems like this.
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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 7:08:48 PM

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Example: your child finds porn in your closet. Watches it then tries to do what they saw to another child. You, the parent are forced to register as a sex offender for indecency with a child. Now being registered as a sex offender, you are marked forever and cannot rent near any schools or get a decent job. All because you're registered. I think there should be classifications or a brief look at the specific charge. There's no differentiation between a child molester or a rapist in the registry.

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MissDaisy1
Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 8:44:26 PM

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llghant: I agree that the policy should be changed to differentiate people. Public indecency is not on the same level as rape or molestation. Your example seems extreme but it would not surprise me if that actually occurred.
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Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 2:05:05 AM

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these public sex offenders registries are in my view ridicilous, but maybe that's because I have a different view on prison than many others. To me prison is all about rehabilitation and also that when you have done your time, you're done. Sure, you shouldn't be allowed to work in certain professions depending on your crime, i.e. people arrested for child molesting shouldn't be allowed to work with children, but they way they tend to get hounded down and harassed by people is typical vigilante thing that modern society can do without. This goes especially since there are rape convictions that are dubious at best, i.e. the girl was drunk and tagged along, but guy still gets convicted because she regrets it and spins a story.

You shouldn't have to register. I think it's ludicrious. If you have a job where there's no risk of being a repeat offender, then let the person live their life in peace.

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Ruthie
Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013 10:02:36 PM

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elitfromnorth wrote:
. This goes especially since there are rape convictions that are dubious at best, i.e. the girl was drunk and tagged along, but guy still gets convicted because she regrets it and spins a story.


54% of rapes aren't reported. Only 3% of rapists ever do any jail time. Ever. The problem isn't that women misreport rape, it's that men rape women. Out of the 3% of rapists who actually do jail time, what percentage do you believe were put there by women who lied about being raped. There may be a few, but it's not the astronomical number that rape apologists seem to believe.


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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 6:42:07 PM

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Yes. Teen on teen consensual sex should not put someone on a sex registry. I know this varies from state to state but that is just wrong.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:05:22 PM

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I'm all in favor of age appropriate recreational sex. The zero tolerance policies just lead to ridiculous situations. We should concentrate our sex offender laws on sexual predators, not young people exploring their sexuality. The idea that a girl could be charged with child porn for taking pictures of her self is horrifying.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 7:20:16 PM

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"Common Sense is like growing flowers, everyone loves them but not everyone grows them".

These Laws should be the ones that are relooked at and re hashed offen.
Changed as society changes. Personally I would like to see the stalkers on these lists to help prevent their crimes as many of them go south towards sexual assault.

But these list should be used with common sense, and rarely I think that common sense and the Law go hand in hand.




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Ruthie
Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:38:34 PM

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Tranquil wrote:
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Personally I would like to see the stalkers on these lists to help prevent their crimes as many of them go south towards sexual assault.



Stalkers are very scary. Stalking is non-consensual, and is power driven in the same way as violent rape. For many of them stalking is only a first step.
ByronLord
Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 6:10:54 AM

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I think that there is a big problem with these laws because they are passed as if they are a referendum on sex crime rather than as an honest attempt to achieve a policy goal. They sound like a good idea in theory but the violent sex offenders that are purportedly the target of the laws are a tiny proportion of the offenders they affect. Slapping a life sentence on any offender is something society should think very hard about. I don't think the representatives think at all.



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Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:59:30 AM

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Child abuse. Regester NO .They should never be let out of jail.
CleverFox
Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 6:22:37 PM

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I agree with Elitefromnorth on the fact that once you have done your time that you are done. I don't care if you see prison as a rehabilitation or a deterance.

Once you do your time you are done. We shouldn't be using a Scarlett "A" or "S" or "P". Let the people do their time and get on with their lives.
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