Now that I Love a Sex Offender is on Facebook (pleasie-please LIKE the page - I Love a Sex Offender Official Facebook Page!!) I have been creating some "freeware" graphics for supporters and advocates to easily share with friends, family, neighbors, and politicians/legislators. It's been cathartic and a bit of a brain exercise. It was while creating the following graphic that I was reminded of "The Lottery":
I've often challenged those who support the registry and related legislation with the effectiveness of laws that literally put some children in danger to supposedly protect others. Their answers range from none at all, to placing the blame on the offender themselves. But the fact is that WE (in theory) are to blame. Committing a sex offense is not the act that puts the offender's family in danger. It is the law that legalizes the posting of their personal information, willingly enacted by lawmakers that WE elected, that puts these children in danger. A law that has harmed so many, yet gone unquestioned, unopposed, and touted as something it's not. Just like in "The Lottery."
Thanks to the ever-increasing number of families of sex offenders standing up and finding their voices, we are getting closer to exposing the truth every day. There is a long road ahead, and it will be paved with hardship and tears (boy, I'm in a cheesy cliche mood today apparently) but the the truth is with us. I found an excellent quote from George Washington earlier, which could not be more appropriate here: "Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains taken to bring it to light."
Amen. And below are several of the graphics I've created within the last few days. Please feel free to use, re-use, re-circulate, whatever, just get them out there! And if YOU have any photos or ideas you'd like to contribute, please do so by contacting me via the button in the top right corner.
Just FYI, this one above ^^^^ is the EXACT dimension of a Facebook "cover" photo... if you are so inclined...
"The registry was intended to prevent other children from falling victim to a similar fate, a desire shared by everyone. But the laws have so drastically expanded what qualifies as a sex offense, there are now over 700,000 Americans on the registry, many of whom have never harmed a child and are unlikely to ever harm a child, rendering it a self-defeating tool." - Sadhbh Walshe, The Guardian, 2012