Politicians and members of the media would want you to believe that former sex offenders are a danger because of a high recidivism rate. That is a lie. Here are the facts:
Former sex offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism of all the crime categories.
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Here are some facts about the devastating effects of the registry on registrants and their families:
44% have been threatened or harassed by neighbors.
7% have been physically assaulted or injured.
27% have had property vandalized.
Work/ Financial Issues
82% of registered former sex offenders have difficulty finding a job because employers don’t want to hire registered sex offenders, creating financial hardship for their family members.
53% of registered former sex offenders who have lost a job did so directly due to Megan’s Law, creating financial hardship for
22% of registered former sex offenders had to move out of a residence that they rented because their landlord found out their sex offender status through Megan’s Law, with the family evicted with them.
17% of registered former sex offenders had to move out of a residence that they rented because their neighbors found out their sex offender status through Megan’s Law, with the family evicted with them.
12% of registered former sex offenders had to move out of a home that they owned because their neighbors found out through Megan’s Law that a sex offender lived there.
Terry Pratchet once remarked “authority that can not be questioned is tyranny”.
Thomas Jefferson famously wrote “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”
George R.R. Martin wrote “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say”.
The words of roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, “when you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff”.
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire says “Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
The Oxford English dictionary defines a tyrant as “any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically”.