From the NARSOL website, Robin Vander Wall gives an update on a federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's sex offender registry law.
Read the original complaint here.
Good data is hard to come by in an industry kept largely in the shadows. That’s why, from 2012 to 2014, we spent nine months walking a stretch of road in Las Vegas well known as a gathering point for sex workers and their customers. We were part of a team who tailed along with those sex workers as they plied their trade, ducking into cars and alleyways to sell their services. We handed out condoms and other harm-reduction material, and we had a definite purpose — we were researchers, paid through an Obama-era grant from the US Department of Justice.
Our goal was to collect the data needed to provide an accurate estimate of the extent of sexual human trafficking in the United States. The primary investigator, Ric Curtis, designed the study based on his experience collecting data from other “hard to reach” populations, like intravenous drug users in Atlantic City. His method offered a guide for researchers to collect data, without relying on law enforcement, on young and underage people engaged in what we defined as survival sex (trading sex on the street for something else of value like money, shelter, food, and clothing). The study had several teams collecting data in major cities across the US that had been dubbed as “hubs of sex trafficking.”
What the study revealed, after interviewing 949 people across 6 cities — 171 of them in Las Vegas — was that many of the assumptions that inform government policy on sex workers are merely myths. And those myths are easily disproved once you bother to get the data, which we did.Read the full article at BuzzFeed.
The man was 19-years-old when the offense happened in 2004. The victim of the aggravated criminal sexual abuse was 13.
14 years later, he is a husband and a father.
His son was recently born about a month early and was rushed to the hospital after he stopped breathing.
The dad said he showed up to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and his I.D. was checked, which is hospital policy.
“They called security and explained because I was a registered sex offender I had to have an escort to go anywhere,” he said.Recall the recent case of a Wisconsin man, and registered citizen, who sued a Milwaukee hospital after he was prohibited from being with his son.
Pennsylvania lawmakers insist they have fixed problems with Megan’s Law that threatened to allow thousands of sex offenders to avoid having to register with the state.
Not so fast, say defense attorneys.
Just eight weeks have passed since Gov. Tom Wolf signed a bill aimed to address court rulings that declared key provisions of the sex offender registry as unconstitutional. But already, lawyers are filing legal challenges to the new law.Read the full story here.
The week of April 8th to April 14th of 2018 has been declared “Nation Crime Victim’s Rights Week,” and while discussions about crime victims are commonplace, this recognized memorial week provides a greater platform for the victims’ rights group to promote their advocacy. There is, however, a narrative that has been neglected this week—the victimization of registered citizens and their loved ones by virtue of the public registry and the laws they inspire.Read more here.
If a man abuses his co-workers and apologizes, should he be forgiven? What about a man who sexually assaults a stranger asleep in bed? Is redemption possible?
Last week, Tom Ashbrook, who was fired as host of the popular National Public Radio program “On Point,” asked in a column in The Boston Globe if there was a way back after being fired in February for creating an “abusive work environment.” Investigators for his employer, Boston radio station WBUR, cleared him of sexual misconduct allegations.
“My behavior was offensive and overbearing to some,” Ashbrook wrote, going on to ask: “Is there room for redemption and rebirth, in our time of Google trails and hashtag headlines?”
There should be, say many experts who study issues surrounding sexual abuse. Forgiveness must be possible if society wants to reduce instances of sexual misconduct, but experts say, it will take work and willingness to change from both the perpetrators and society at large.Read the full article here.
"Preventive detention is very limited in American law because it is seen as antithetical to fundamental liberty interests and the presumption of innocence," wrote Justice Brent Appel in the Iowa Supreme Court's majority opinion Friday...
He said sexually violent predator statutes "threaten to deprive individuals of what from time immemorial has been the weightiest of interests — the interest in individual liberty." He said the vague and flexible standards of the statutes allows, if not encourages, "a better-safe-than-sorry approach" of locking up sex crime violators indefinitely.Read more here.