February 16, 2021
Once again, people living on the sex offender registry are treated like modern-day lepers, and this time it's at your local church. With law enforcement estimates that 88% of sexual abuse is never reported to authorities, nine of ten people who have sexually abused children will NOT have a criminal background nor be on the sex offender registry. Churches do not need to fear the sex offender or the new person sitting in the back pew. People required to register have the right to worship just like any individual in the United States. This right is protected by our constitution.
Instead of churches banning people required to register, pastors and church leaders need to work on ministering rather than treating people like modern-day lepers. By doing this, we'll have happier and safer congregations.
Report: Child Sexual Abuse in Protestant Christian Congregations
February 12, 2021
"Soul Murder", a phrase coined by Dr. James Gilligan, professor of psychology and law at NYU, can be used to describe incarceration. In other words, the trauma of prison can destroy someone's personality and their sense of being alive. This negative effect on someone's life can also be described as Post-Incarceration Syndrome.
How does one move past trauma from being incarcerated? What about the trauma from being on the sex offender registry? This podcast episode offers a few tips on how to move past trauma and regain your sense of worth.
“A trauma can be defined as any significant negative event or incident that shaped us. It can emerge from any impactful instance that made us feel bad, scared, hurt, or ashamed. By this definition, we have all experienced some degree of trauma in the process of growing up." - Trauma expert, Dr. Peter Levine.
February 6, 2021
There are at least four cities in the United States that have passed fair chance housing legislation: Portland, Seattle, Oakland, and Richmond. In addition, other cities have a variation of fair chance housing policies: Urbana, Illinois; Madison, Wisconsin; San Francisco, California; Newark, New Jersey and growing numbers of other jurisdictions.
Are these fair chance housing ordinances actually fair for people living on the sex offender registry? In this podcast episode, I take a look at these ordinances and how they affect registrants and their families. With a high number of homeless sex offenders, fair chance housing is important now than ever.
Seattle Fair Chance Housing FAQ
Oakland Fair Chance Housing FAQ
Fair Chance Housing Website
January 31, 2021
A false idea has gained traction. Is it too late to reverse?
In 1986, an article in Psychology Today, a magazine written for a general audience, stated, "Most untreated sex offenders released from prison go on to commit more offenses — indeed, as many as 80 percent do." That article was written about a counseling program run about authors, and the statement was made to increase business for them, according to Adam Liptak, a New York Times author.
These false recidivism claims ("frightening and high") have now made there way into court decisions and have influenced heavy restrictions for sex offenders since the 1980's.
Join me for this eye-opening podcast and learn the true recidivism rates for convicted sex offenders.
BJS Study: https://tinyurl.com/y4tfyax9
BJS Press Release: https://tinyurl.com/y2w6flxo
January 27, 2021
Are people born with pedophilia? Do pedophiles deserve sympathy? Before we can answer these questions, we must remember there are differences between being a pedophile and a child molester. People CAN choose to molest children, but the opposite may be true for living with pedophilia.
In this honest podcast episode, I discuss research from James Cantor, Ph.D, an international expert on pedophilia. Agree or disagree, his research is stunning. Studies are now showing gray matter anomalies in pedophiles with and without a history of child sexual offending. Dr. Cantor states,
"Pedophilic men have significantly less white matter, which is the connective tissue that is responsible for communication between different regions in the brain. Pedophiles perform more poorly on various tests of brain function, tend to be shorter in height, and are three times more likely to be left-handed or ambidextrous (characteristics that are observable before birth)."
The goal of this episode is to bring forth new research that is often not discussed. You are free to create your own conclusions and beliefs.
Prevention Project Dunkelfeld
Dr. James Cantor Research
What Can Be Done About Pedophilia? (The Atlantic Article)
January 23, 2021
When we are going through difficult times in our lives, the need for a community of support is crucial to our recovery. If you or a loved-on has been affected by the criminal justice system or has been placed on the sex offender registry, there is a new online support forum available.
I wanted to create a new forum because the support for registrants and families is lacking. Living on the registry is hard. And what may be worse is witnessing a loved-one being ostracized, harassed, or is just having a hard time finding work or a place to live.
You can join this new, safe forum by visiting: https://social.theoutspokenoffender.com
January 17, 2021
Do you have a loved-one on the sex offender registry? Is your life negatively affected because a loved-one is under SORNA restrictions? Millions of people are "Sex Offenders by Association" due to strident rules, public humiliation, and shame because of the registry. In this short podcast episode, I'll read a letter from a wife who's husband is on the sex offender database. Her life has been turned upside down by the registry.
The sex offender registry IS punishment. I hope her letter brings more understanding to people all-over-the-world on how the registry only brings heartache, not public safety.
January 13, 2021
The Match Group which owns 45 dating apps is cracking down on registered sex offenders from using their services. In fact, a House subcommittee is investigating popular dating services such as Tinder and Bumble for allegedly allowing minors and sex offenders to use their services.
As Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, does this mean that registered sex offenders are banned from finding love? No, of course not. Going on a date, or even marriage is still possible while on the "list", but you'll need to do it the old-fashioned way.
January 8, 2021
America's sex offender registry offers no additional protection for children and our communities. This statement has been proven in numerous studies throughout the years.
So, if the registry doesn't work, what else should we try? In this informative podcast episode, I discuss three possible options: Circles of Accountability, chaperone programs, and support and awareness groups. According to studies I discuss in this episode, all three options are more effective than national sex offender databases in reducing recidivism. So why aren't communities more active in implementing these programs?
Join me as I discuss this important and conversational topic affecting almost a million people in the United States.
Links to studies/articles discussed in this episode:
Is It Finally Time For a Different Approach to the Post-sentence Management of Sex Offenders?
Results from a randomized controlled trial in Minnesota
January 1, 2021
On May 17, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed federal Megan's Law, an amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Act. That set the guidelines for the state statutes, requiring states to notify the public of registrants. According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, as of 2016, there were 859,500 registered sex offenders in the United States.
This important podcast episode discusses the collateral damage to children and families of registrants. Are children and shamed because their loved one is on the registry? Are families harassed by neighbors? These questions and more are answered and discussed on this episode of The Outspoken Offender.