Helping registered citizens, former inmates, and anyone else move beyond stereotypes and social ostracism.
Does the registry make our communities safer? What areas of the registry can be changed to improve effectiveness, if any?
Is empathy and compassion reserved for all people? Or are they possible for only people we like?
Are you consistency discriminated against for housing and jobs because of an a felony or sex offense on your record?
Families, including children, can be heavily burdened due to a loved-one being on the sex offender registry.
You are NOT your label. Just because you made a poor decision in your past doesn’t mean that you’re less than human. We are all human and deserve compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance.
SORNA affects not only sex offenders, but also their loved ones.
“Most family members of RSOs (86%) reported that SORN has caused stress in their lives, 77% often felt a sense of isolation, and 49% often felt afraid for their own safety due to public disclosure of the sex offender’s status. Half had lost friends or a close relationship as a result of community notification, and 66% said that shame and embarrassment often kept them from engaging in community activities.” – Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders
Social ostracism/rejection occurs when an individual is deliberately excluded from a social relationship or social interaction. Social ostracism and rejection is everywhere, and this is unfortunate. Research suggests that ostracism is a common occurrence in everyday life. One study surveyed over 2,000 Americans; 67% reported having used ostracism and 75% reported having been ostracized during their lifetime.
As someone who’s experienced the criminal justice system, I’ve felt my share of rejection from employers, educators, friends, and family. Being rejected hurts. The rejection creates emotional and physical pain, and has been proven to cause depression and anxiety.