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.
December 28, 2020
Can you shed the sex offender stigma or label? Yes. In fact, one man is doing it.
In this episode, I briefly discuss the story of Justin Vargas, a teen basketball scout in Phoenix, Arizona. Vargas was convicted of sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl when he was 23, and which requires him to register as a sex offender. For the last three years, he's been a scout and performs a very important role for teen basketball players. Vargas continues to prove himself over and over, but fear and hate persist from parents and the community.
So is it possible to shed the sex offender label? In this important podcast episode, I talk about shedding the label for yourself, rather than people that don't know you. Take accountability. Take responsibility. Do good things. These are all important steps in shedding the sex offender label.
December 25, 2020
Haters are everywhere...online and off! So how do we deal with people that look down on us? I give several tips on how to effectively manage people who criticize, denounce, and spread hate on social media and in the real world.
"My hope is to encourage registered citizens, former inmates, and anyone facing stereotypes and social ostracism to move beyond society's labels." - The Outspoken Offender.
December 24, 2020
Let's take a few moments and discuss a few of these misconceptions about a class of people that are often misunderstood. I follow up with real, accurate statistics while debunking falsehoods and rumors about people on the registry.