Who We Are
A community of Oregonians committed to justice and reason in laws and policies relating to sex offenses. Oregon Voices does not condone or excuse sexual exploitation or violence. We are fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, grandparents—members of families that contain victims of sexual abuse as well as those who have committed sexual offenses.
What Oregon Voices Does
- We provide information, emotional support and advocacy for individuals and their friends and families caught up in the system as the accused and/or convicted of sex offenses.
- We research all aspects of sex offenses and society’s responses to them in order to discover evidence-based practices that promote public safety, rehabilitation, and successful re-entry into the community.
- We seek to educate families and individuals about how to survive the current system while working for responsible change in the future.
- We work to educate the public about the cost of the unsustainable trajectory traced by an exploding sex offender registry which does not work to prevent sex abuse.
- We share the best current research about what actually works in addressing sex offenses.
What Oregon Voices Believes
- No sexual abuse or sexual assault is ever acceptable. All victims of abuse have the right to seek justice in a system that is objective and supportive.
- The current legal classification of “sex offender” creates a one-size-fits-all enforcement system, wasting taxpayer dollars, diluting the supervision of dangerous offenders, and reducing public safety.
- Mandatory sentencing laws prevent judges from determining appropriate punishments.
- We must replace the current fear-based approach to sex offenses with an evidence-based system that truly serves the public interest.