In Puritan America, a married woman’s illicit affair with a minister landed her in jail. After her release, Hester Prynne was sentenced to forever wear a big red “A” on her dress. 

Nearly 375 years later, the U.S. continues to be scandalized, tantalized and perplexed by sex, especially about sex offenders. Tough on crime, we’re still struggling to learn: 

  • Why domestic violence and incest are so under-reported by victims? 
  • Why most people think every sexual offender is a serial rapist? 
  • Why, even among therapists, many continue to believe sex-offenders to be untreatable? 
  • Why supervision after offenders’ release tends to-wards punitive rather than restorative? 

It’s time to bring the subject of sex crime out of the dark ages, time to help victims shed the shame and trauma of their experience. It’s also time to allow offenders an opportunity to show they can change, make amends and start to earn back trust and acceptance from society.

Entering the Twilight Zone

Entering the Twilight Zone

In a blog  post earlier this year, Janice Bellucci wrote about a new Connecticut law that, in her words, sends those returning from prison (required to be on the state's sex offender registry) "straight to hell."

Instead of working to integrate those who have served their sentences, the state makes their being members of society close to unbearable. Below is a link to the full article...and while it's chilling news, it is important to discover just how far society has yet to evolve.

Janice is the director of the Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL)

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