Saturday, February 6, 2016

Are We All Sex Offenders? | Galen Baughman | TEDxCUNY

Indiana Senate approves bill that would create child abuse registry

Indiana Senate approves bill that would create child abuse registry

Norther Territory (UK) spends $140k setting up proposed sex offender website

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The NT Government has already spent $140,000 of taxpayer money to design a proposed sex offender website, the NT News can reveal.

Attorney-General John Elferink has announced series of public forums to seek input on “Daniel’s Law”, that would name and shame sex offenders

But the NT News can reveal the website – and the names of paedophiles – is ready to go with the click of a button.
Legislation would have to be passed through Parliament to enact it however.

“We have made all the necessary plans including doing all the web design work to have this thing operational late last year,” Mr Elferink said this week. “Sadly, it didn’t become operational last year. We’re going through the extended consultation process and we’ll see what comes out of it.”

Mr Elferink added he doesn’t want to see legal experts interfere with the public meetings to offer opinions about unresolved issues around the website that would show where sex offenders live.


He also claimed that it might not go ahead, after all the money and time spent.

“What I’m going to do of course is listen to what the consultation process has to say and make a determination as to how to proceed,” he said.

NT Police confirmed yesterday that $140,000 has been spent through their offices to get the website registry ready to go public. Two positions have also been advertised to run the site with other duties.

Opposition leader Michael Gunner said the money could have been used elsewhere.

“Instead of wasting people’s time and money on fake consultation, they should back projects that have public support like Foodbank NT that may have to shut its doors in March,” he said.

Critics of the proposed website, including Victims of Crime NT, have stated the money to run the site would be better used on more policing and services. Concerns about the website include re-traumatising victims, identifying victims, deterring reports of sexual violence and unintended economic consequences.

Opponents of the proposed legislation also point out there is no concrete evidence the website would deter or prevent child sexual abuse.


IML CALL TO ACTION: 5 things you should be doing.

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The International Megan's Law has been the primary focus of most of our posts over the last week, because of it's significance. Never before has the US branded the travel documents of its citizens and the only times before in the history of the World where this has happened, has been Nazi Germany and the former Soviet Union.
Read previous posts to learn more about the bill. This post will focus on what can still be done.

The bill is awaiting President Obama's signature for it to become law.

We should be contacting the White House feverishly trying to get this bill vetoed.

Here are five things we should all be doing:

1) Josh Gravens from Organize Justice has posted this:
We may still have the chance to stop this piece of legislation. I know this HR 515 passing congress hit everyone hard, but we cannot stop fighting.
I am asking you to send a note directly to the president asking him to use his veto powers. We need everyone to send a note. Make sure to remain respectful, tell a personal story, but keep it short and sweet.
*You can send a letter here*

2) RegistrantTAG is sharing this link to contact the White House:
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

3) David Kennerly put together instructions for a twitter campaign:
Place @potus within the text body of the message, which may be something like "VETO H.R. 515 @POTUS @WHOEVER ELSE, SUCH AS MEDIA,  ETC., WHITE HOUSE STAFF [LIST INCLUDED, BELOW]" and send it off. Each time it gets re-tweeted by someone else, Obama will get another Tweet with this graphic.
Here are the twitter of White House staffers: @Charlie44 @Abramson44 @Alex44   @Ashley44 @Benenati44 @Broderick44 @Brundage44 @Cabinet @CEAChair  @Cecilia44 @Deese44 @DeeseOMB @Denis44    @DJ44   @dmbrooks44  @DrBiden @FLOTUS  @Goldman44   @Hill44  @Hoffine44  @Holst44    @jesseclee44  @JFriedman44   @JoiningForces @Jordan44 @Katie44 @KLewis44 @KRichards44 @ks44     @LaCasaBlanca    @Lee44 @letsmove  @LincolnTheHawk @Maley44 @NSC44   @OMB  @OMBPress @OpenGov @PAniskoff44  @petesouza @Phil44   @PressSec @Price44  @Psaki44  @Racusen44  @ReachHigher @rhodes44  @Rob44  @RODonnell44 @Rohan44 @Rosholm44  @Schultz44 @Simas44  @Stephanie44 @Tara44 @TheJusticeDept @Tiller44   @USCTO  @USDS  @Vargas44 @vj44 @VP @wethepeople @WhiteHouse @whitehouseostp @WHideo @WHWeb

4) Evan Kent shared this petition, which you can sign and share:
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/veto-hr-515-and-stop-america-looking-nazi-germany

5) Drafts of a lawsuit have been prepared by Janice Bellucci and a DC firm. Share your stories on how IML will impact you by contacting legal@floridaactioncommittee.org.

We the People Petition and HR515

We the People petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/veto-hr-515-and-stop-america-looking-nazi-germany

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On a Personal Note

Thanks for the opportunity to express my thoughts regarding the issue of citizens’ rights, particularly addressing certain sex offenders’ crimes that do not fit the devastating, inequitable and endless punishment given.


As you know, many young men and women lives across the nation are being destroyed by incarceration, life-time registry and restrictive laws that do more harm than good. For those individuals, there is no second chance.

Below is a personal letter to President Obama:
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“Dear President Obama,

I truly agree with your sentiments that individuals, such as ex-felons, should be able to receive a second chance at life. Since we all know that one can veer off that path of life and travel along rough, rocky terrain, sometimes running off and ending up in some ditch. We all have made our fill of mistakes and sometimes those held a costly consequence that changed life forever. So we lived through it, trying harder to make things right with family, friends and those around us, but what about those who aren’t able to make things right even if they tried…because they’re labeled as too dirty, a leper, a person who is rejected from society and home.


But what if they’re a seventeen year old and had sex with a fifteen year old, consensual at that? Or they’re a teen that had gotten so enraged after a breakup that he sent out naked pictures of his girlfriend on his cell phone or email? Or an individual urinates where someone just happens to see them?


All are wrong and a travesty but do they deserve the life of no second chance with a registry that ends all. They are labeled, no jobs, no where to live…they have been deemed a menace to society, a plague. These certain circumstances, and many other situations similar to these, I believe still deserve a second change.

Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution


Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


After my son’s early release and two years of prison, I thought I had handled that fact graciously knowing after serving his time he would be able to get that fresh start, that second chance. He was an exemplary inmate, GED, college courses and vocational classes. Little did I know that a second chance on the outside was the farthest from the truth? He now struggles and lives in a trailer park sharing a trailer with another and surrounded by others in the same rocking boat, one to float endlessly in shark infested waters. I see him little because of probation requirements (he couldn’t live with us because we were 800 feet near a school). My family is afraid of what would happen to them if he lived with them…vigilantism. My son has no other place to stay since others condemn him of his crime that is screamed from the highest rooftop. Sex offender, sex offender!

Not all sex offenders are pedophiles or predators but some are simply young kids that make one stupid and rash decision that eventually changes everything, and they have no idea what they’ve done until their life is never their own. Exactly, where is that second chance for those sex-offenders who are lumped together with pedophiles and predators? Now, it makes me sick to think of my son’s future and many like him that are on the registry and many with no second chance…ever. I am asking you as a mother and as another concerned citizen of the United States that these laws are looked at again and taken into serious consideration in what they are doing to the Constitution of the United States, not for sex offenders in general but the future rights of every citizen, before anymore are put into effect. They unjustly strip an offender of their rights and place them in a guillotine that can be easily set off by anyone and at anytime. Where is the second chance for ex-sex offenders in the present, pending and future laws?”
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What truly saddens me is the weakness and deterioration of what the sex offense issue is doing to our once, great nation. Across Europe, others are seeing the injustice and disregard of rights, but we ignore this problem and it makes me wonder where humanity is heading….

We have become a hysterical society in which our latest witch-hunt is a sex offender--no matter his/her crime.

Below is a email sent from a foreign advocate to a father of a sex offender:
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“The tragic story of your son's death is just so sad that it's difficult to explain how. It was very hard to read your letters. It seems almost unbelievable that this can take place in a democracy! From our point of view, there is no justice in this. Not in any way: not for you, your son, the former girl friend – or even the state.

It is an abusive legal system. It seems barbaric. And we are so very sorry that this takes place. That's why it's so important for us to try to neutralize the debate with this…, hopefully making some changes. ….. to show the every day life of the sex offenders, trying to show how they keep on being punished, even after served prison time…..But we will for sure tell the story of the injustice that your son has been exposed to.”
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I appreciate everyone's commitment and backing to protect everyone's civil rights, plainly as noted in the Constitution of the United States and is presupposed, giving ALL men are “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”