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.

NPR Affiliate Features one of the Clients in Chapter 6 of the Book

"Barbara" is a woman imprisoned for almost 10 years for raping her son. She tells her story here on air for the first time. You will be surprised, and perhaps impressed, with her honesty. You may find yourself changing your mind about "just who all these sex offenders are." Moreover, you may then decide that you could perhaps find room in your heart to consider one of them living nextdoor.

The 20 minute segment is here (just click).

Then you might want to check out the book on Amazon (click again)

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