Monday, May 11, 2015

FEARLESS: How is Your Support System?

FEARLESS on Monday, May 18, will focus on our support systems.

Dealing with the onerous requirements of the sex offender registry--not to mention the restrictions that come with parole or probation--is easier when we have someone who believes in our ability to overcome past mistakes and public shame. Whether you have sought out your own supporters, been surprised to find that friends and neighbors are rooting for you, or are still trying to find someone who will have your back, FEARLESS would like to be part of your network.

FEARLESS is a collaboration of Nebraskans Unafraid and UNO that counteracts dangerous Nebraska law. Research has shown that isolating Registered Citizens, depriving them of jobs and homes, increases the chances that they will reoffend. Current Nebraska law does exactly that. We live in a state where (research has shown that) sex-offender law makes communities more dangerous.

FEARLESS provides an opportunity for Registered Citizens and their loved ones to connect and learn from one another and support one another. Establishing such social networks reduces the likelihood of reoffense. Even though the reoffense rates for sex offenders are extremely low to start with, there is no excuse for grandstanding politicians who make the state more dangerous with their showboating laws.

FEARLESS takes responsibility where our politicians will not. Please join us at 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Saint Michael Lutheran Church, 13232 Blondo Street, Omaha. Park in the east lot and come in through the east entrance.

FEARLESS is exclusively for Registered Citizens and their invited guests.

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