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The whole idea of a registry was to ease the minds of panicked parents so they would check the public registry, know that their lovely, upper-class neighborhood didn’t have any offenders in it, and go back to ignoring any talk of their kids being at risk for sexual abuse.
None of that has ever been true. As you read the story below, you’ll see that there are 25,000 offenders that law enforcement has completely lost track of, many of whom now live among poor communities where parents do not have the same resources that others do to keep their kids safe and have continued to offend.
What you also won’t see is that registries do nothing, absolutely nothing, to protect against offenders who haven’t been caught and convicted. That would be the vast majority of cases, by the way.
Members of the Compass House tell us how recovery from mental illness isn’t a myth. Always so happy to hear the voices out there reminding people that they are not alone, and that there is hope. Keep it up! http://ijpr.org/post/compass-radio-explores-recovery-mental-illness?utm_content=bufferc72a0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#stream/0
This is sad, but true. I knew that those with mental illnesses faced a horrible stigma, but I was unaware mental health professionals faced that stigma as well. It says something about our society when we have a massive shortage of qualified mental health professionals, and mental health resources to treat something that millions of…
This is also an important consideration for survivors of child abuse. Though this article is not specific to us, I find many of the things mentioned true. As an adult I still struggle to work with people who remind me of an abuser, whether it’s their appearance or an occasional action that brings back the…
Sadly, I think Erica is right about this. I too take part in a lot of raising awareness, online and off, and I’m glad to see some of those campaigns go viral and really help people feel less alone in their struggles, but we have to also come to grips with what changing our society…