One morning in 2007, Leah DuBuc, a twenty-two-year-old college student in Kalamazoo, began writing an essay for English class that she hoped would save her life. She knew that people like her had been beaten, bombed, shot at, killed. The essay aired details about her past that she'd long tried to suppress; by posting it on her class's server, where anyone who Googled her name could find it, she thought she might be able to quiet the whispers, the threats, and possibly make it easier to find a job. Her story, she warned, "is not a nice one, but hopefully it will have a happy ending."... Read more
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EDUCATION IS THE BEST DEFENSE
Young people, need to know the laws governing sex/intimate contacts. While 'sex education' is taught in schools, it seldom engages youth in learning about what local, state, and federal laws prohibit, what the legal ramifications of certain behaviors may be. Meanwhile, individuals under 18 too often engage in activities that can result in lifelong registration, discrimination and possible incarceration.
Former/current offenders and their families need to know about their rights under the law. Legal technicalities and associated barriers to understanding certain restrictions often lead to 'technical' violations by well-meaning persons, and do so needlessly. We want former offenders to understand that they did not give up their right to human dignity and the right to pursue productive goals in life. Education of parents, community leaders, lawmakers, and the public on which policies related to sex offenses work to reduce sexual offenses and prison recidivism, and which don't is vital. Mis-information on this topic is rampant. Incorrect assumptions, sensationalist media-driven hysteria and ill-conceived public policy makes our society LESS SAFE.
We ask individuals who have been convicted of sexual offenses, or family/friends of those individuals who are willing to tell their personal story about their experiences with any of the above topics, to put it in writing and send it to us. We will publish those stories here, appropriate to this website content, and omit anything that could damage or reveal your personal information. We desire a world with fewer victims, so send us your story, and tell us how you are picking yourself or helping a loved one to get back up. Nothing will be printed without your review on final copy.