In a comment on another post someone used the term “Registered Family” and I thought it was very appropriate.

We are not just persons required to register, we are families required to register!

If you share a home with someone on the registry, the police regularly show up at your doorstep, the car you drive is registered, you cannot decorate your home on the holidays, you clean up the vandalism and the neighbors give you the same dirty looks.

If you are the child of someone on the registry, you are the one that gets bullied and shamed in school, you are the one that doesn’t have birthday parties or sleep overs, you are the one whose father (or mother) can never come to your games, plays or graduations.

If you are the spouse of a person required to register you need to carry the finances because your partner will be chronically unemployed or under-employed, you need to cover most if the parenting because your spouse can’t go to schools, parks, theme parks or other places your children will want to go, you will be banned from living in most areas on your city, you can’t travel to the places you want (or you will need to go alone) and you need to worry about aging because most assisted living facilities won’t take your husband.

If you are the employer, clergy or even just a friend of a person required to register you will suffer the scorn of merely associating with them or allowing them into your business, congregation or life. The registry does not only punish the registrant, it punishes everyone in their life.

We are not just persons required to register, we are families required to register!

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