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Friday, February 09, 2007

MSNBC Report on Sex Offenders

This report brings up a very touchy subject for most people. When have sex offenders payed their dues, if ever? I work with sex offenders every week, so I have a few opinions on the topic. This report takes a different approach than most others, and I would encourage you to watch it and think about it.


Blogger Jason Silver said...

I ccouldn't get the sound to work-- Weird, eh?

6:50 AM

Blogger Darren said...

Hey Jason - I just tried it here and the sound worked. I'm not sure what the problem could be.

9:22 AM

Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

This is a new perspective for me and I was drawn into the guy's story and began to feel empathy. But I think every story will be as individual as the crime. Every situation should be weighed uniquely. Perhaps the courts are already doing this.
I lost that empathy feeling when the last guy was speaking. I understand his comparison, but if he thinks all he did was "touch someone with his tongue" then he definately has not learned a damn thing and needs to be tracked, if let out at all.

10:03 PM

Anonymous tracyfromvancouver said...

yeah, I have to agree with Brian. I was fully creeped out by the "touch someone with his tongue" quote.
It's interesting, because I have a friend from church who is going through this sort of thing right now. He was convicted of sexually molesting a girl when he was 15 and from what I can gather, it was mutual, but the parents pressed charges. He is now married and has his own little girl. A social worker came across his "sealed juvenile records" and had him put under investigation and although nothing came out of the investigation, the social worker told my friend's wife that he will more than likely molest his daughter and if she continued to allow him to live with his daughter that they would remove the little girl and put her in foster care. My friend can no longer live with his wife and child until the child is 18 and can only see his daughter under supervision. One minute he was happily living his life and the next his life as he knew it was over.

1:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I used to think that a person who is a sexual offender should be... well pick any of the comments. Having been abused as a young child... one might think that I had the right to say, think, believe that. There was a time in my life that this story would have sent me thought the roof... when I was a younger man with kids of my own... I was triggered by this kind of thing. It was armoring a little boy protecting him self. We do live in a society where I can take another persons life and it is considered acceptable. What is the difference? Are we not all forgiven Is it our place to judge? Strangely enough one of my closest friends today is a convicted sex offender. That coming from the little boy who was sexually abused by one. :-) I think there are more sexual abuse victims around then anyone wants to admit... look at all the over reaction!!! from so many people.

I am upset more with the Church for fostering a community of people who are so judgmental that a little boy was to afraid to say that other man did horrible things... a community that had a little boy convinced he must be bad. A judgmental community that allows for abuse of our children to happen so many times every day. And we are to uncomfortable to talk about it.

Thank's for this Darren

9:58 PM


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