According to thecrimereport.org, Aya Gruber, a law professor at the University of Colorado, asks readers to take a second look at how we treat sex crimes.
Gruber feels that “treating sex crimes differently than other crimes is not natural or neutral but rather has a political history that should be examined.”
“I’m kind of saying to people, you think that this is like enlightenment, creating more sex crimes every day, getting tougher on sex crimes, but look at some of the history, even the recent history and you start to question that instinct,” Gruber said of her research.
Looks like ole’ Judd at it again
I got the dreaded 404 when I went to the link and the website said nope, it would not show the article (1011a EST)
Try this one
Thanks @Eugene, that link works.
I’d like to point out one glaring fallacy in the article. Not all sex crimes are violent crimes. By their definition, violent crimes require the use of force, the threat of force, a weapon, or harmful physical contact. There are many offenses requiring sex offender registration and which are considered “sex offenses” which don’t include any of these elements. Two of the common offenses which require sex offender registration are lewd and lascivious exhibition and traveling to meet a minor, neither of which could by any stretch of the imagination be deemed “violent (there are *lots* of other examples–these are just two).
They are in Florida. ALL sex crimes are automatically classified as violent.
I’ve always been of the mind that too much focus is given to sex crimes. While sex crimes are horrible and need to be punished accordingly, it goes too far when those who have completed their sentences are excluded from rejoining the things other members of society take for granted, as far as gaining meaningful employment, living where they want, etc.
A drug dealer can complete his sentence and still be allowed to live, work, and loiter in or near schools, parks, public swimming pools, etc. A person convicted of DUI is still allowed to drive and go to bars or buy alcohol at stores. Someone convicted of manslaughter is still allowed to hang around with other people.
A drunk driver can hit and injure or kill a child, but when he finishes his sentence, there are no vigilantes out there looking to do any harm to him.
For those who have done time in prison, we all know how a murderer is treated with respect and even glorified, yet someone in for having sex with his underage girlfriend is treated like a heinous monster who needs to be beaten, tortured, or killed.
Escambia Man Tries To Run Over Man He Thought Was Convicted Sex Offender
I can’t even feign surprise or astonishment about the comments for the article that would forgive the guy for his actions if he actually did run a registrant down in cold blood. Still, what is wrong with people?
Art will do more than imitate life, life will recreate art and make it reality (as seen by the number of movie scenes recreated in real life which this particular event could have been in a movie).