Sex Education, A Community Inquiry
There are two problems when it comes to sorting out how a community deals with errant sexuality.
First, anyone who is convicted of a sex crime is shunned, and finds it a humbling, shaming experience to try to earn a way back into society, even after serving their time in prison.
Second, sexuality is flaunted in our society but seldom discussed. As a result, sexual crimes continues to flourish - in families, in sports, in colleges and in businesses.
In the next year, we’re inviting communities in Oregon to take a step towards better education and fewer sexual assault. There are three steps:
Send a questionnaire to community leaders (legislative, judicial, corrections, treatment, academic, reentry, social services) that asks about the current experience with returning sex offenders, their treatment and process of social reintegration
Schedule a community discussion, in which the issue of sex offenders and prevention of further sexual assault
Continue to work with those and other communities to initiate strategies to increase public safety while lowering the number of sexual assaults.
Please let us know if you have ideas you’d like to share on these topics.