Oregon Voices
Oregon Voices

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.

CHANGE IS HERE FOR THE OREGON REGISTRY! How will this affect you?

Oregon has begun to implement its new modified risk-based registry. Those who have already been scored and classified by the Parole Board and who qualify under current law can now apply for relief from registration or for reclassification. Unscored people who believe they are eligible can also now apply for relief or reclassification. See the BPPPS website for details and instructions.

Oregon Voices has developed a Relief from Registration Chart (RFRC) designed to help you understand the changes and what they may mean for you. View the flowchart here.

With the process now underway, new questions and concerns are emerging. We expect soon to have a new resource page designed to keep you up to date on the newest developments. Stay tuned.



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