today Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Taskforce on Combating Campus Sexual
Violence held its final meeting at the Patrick Henry Building in Richmond where
the 21 Recommendations of the Taskforce were presented by Attorney
General Mark Herring (they were were posted online ahead of time). Plus a Ceremonial
Bill Signing was held for HB1785 and SB712/HB1930that passed the 2015 Virginia Legislature
back in February to become law on July 1st .
attended the meeting (sitting right behind Gil and Dan Harrington) to hear what
all the speakers had to say and to see if the false 1 in 5 claim
was made as it had been at the very first Taskforce meeting, it wasn’t! During a break I also
asked a few Legislators about the VSP issue
I brought to their attention last week.
the 21 recommendations some that will require legislation at the 2016 General
Assembly session, they are all reasonable and I do not oppose any of them.
It's Political Grandstanding to
create Hype and Fear so they public believes there is an extreme danger so they’ll
support new and harsher Human /Sexual Trafficking Laws, Mandatory Minimum
Sentences, more funding and the requirement to Register as a Sex Offender.
Mary Fact Checker: The bogus claim that 300,000 U.S. children
are ‘at risk’ of sexual exploitation, May 28, 2015
“In the U.S., some 300,000 children are at
risk each year for commercial sexual exploitation.” –Rep. Joyce Beatty
(D-Ohio),statement, May 19, 2015
“There are upwards, according to the Justice
Department, of 300,000, mostly young girls, at risk for this.” –Rep.
Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), remarks at a congressional hearing, May 14, 2015
and Wagner were two key players in the recent bill targeting sex traffickers
that passed both houses of Congress, and they—and many other lawmakers—repeatedly
cited the statistic that “300,000” children were “at risk” of being sexually
exploited. Often, the source of the statistic was claimed to be the Justice
Department, an attribution that The New York Times also used in its report on passage of the bill.
turns out that this is another one of those nonsense statistics, based on data
so old that the original researcher even says it is no longer relevant. It also
does not have the imprimatur of the Justice Department.
months, The Fact Checker has exposed a series of dubiousfactoids, each of
which are endlessly repeated by politicians and, even more irresponsibly, by
the media. Human trafficking is an important issue, but the data
are especially susceptible to exaggeration. Let’s explore why this
statistic is another entry in a growing collection of discredited
the Hanover Commonwealth Attorneys office and the Hanover County Investigator
to come interview us, we asked repeatedly what she was claiming he had done, no
interview was ever granted and no one would tell us anything.
days I’ve debated about writing a post on the “Josh Duggar situation”.
started 2 different posts combining some facts from articles I’ve added to the In the News pageandboth times I’ve stopped and deleted what I’ve written. Then I found thebelowarticletoday and I decide it was time
just about every article, editorial and public comment about Josh Duggar sexually
touching young girls when he was 14 years old, 13 years ago.
are demanding criminal charges be filed against Josh Duggar, they are happy
Josh Duggar has lost his job/income to support his family, they want Josh’s
parents to be criminally charged, they want TLC to cancel their show, people
are trying to guess “which sisters, was it”, a past TLC show personality is
threatening a lawsuit if the Duggar show isn’t cancelled because her show was
cancelled because she was dating a Registered Sex Offender (RSO), then there are
people who are saying Josh Duggar has changed, he deserves a second chance and
something he did when he was a 14 year old (some articles say 15 years old)
juvenile shouldn’t define him as a 27 year old adult.
are calling Josh Duggar a Sex Offender, a Pedophile, a Monster and a Hypocrite.
Martin spent years being angry at the men who sexually assaulted her as a
child. Decades ashamed of the abuse.
anger threatened to destroy her marriage — and herself — until she learned how
to forgive and move forward.
Martin, 52, stands in front of a room full of inmates at the Texas State
Penitentiary in Huntsville,
she doesn’t see convicted sex offenders.
little boys, little boys who were hurt, little boys who were abused,” Martin
says. “I don’t see grown men who purposefully wanted to hurt people. I see
something that goes a little deeper. There’s something there that caused them
to do what they did.”
Frisco woman drives 400 miles round trip every other month to share her story
with a group of inmates completing a sex offender rehabilitation program.
the time when, 19 and naïve, I was guilt-tripped into entirely unwanted
physical intimacies with a much older married man. And the time, three or four years
later, when I went to visit an on-and-off long-distance boyfriend and quickly
realized that it was over for me—but he assumed we were still on, and I didn’t
have the nerve to say no to sex. And the time I told a man, “Look, I’m not
going to sleep with you,” and it was taken as “try again in a couple of hours.”
happened, my view of these encounters ranged from “a mistake” to “it’s
complicated.” It still does—even though, these days, we are encouragedto reinterpret such experiences as
sexual violations. To manyfeminists, stories like these are
evidence of a pervasive, misogynistic rape culture. “Kids see movies where
there’s an aggressor who gets pushed away, but keeps trying until the girl
relents,” writes advocate, author, and filmmaker Kelly Kend. “This is a
rape dynamic that has been played off countless times as just how it works.”
Canadian feminist author Anne Theriault laments“the still-pervasive and very
flawed idea that if she doesn’t say no, it’s not rape”—clearly referring not
just to attacks involving violence or incapacitation (for which few would
demand a verbal “no” as proof of rape), but encounters in which a woman yields
to unwanted overtures.
me, this crusade against “rape culture” over-simplifies the vast complexity
of human sexual interaction, conflating criminal sexual acts like coercion by
physical force, threat or incapacitation—which should obviously be prosecuted
and punished whenever possible—with bad behavior.
issues will be presented and discussed at the first two VSCC meetings:
Tuesday September 29, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Senate Room A,
GeneralAssemblyBuilding (in Richmond, VA)
Tuesday October 27, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Senate Room A,
At the last VSCC meeting on Thursday
December 3, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. Senate Room A, General Assembly Building the memberswill vote on what proposals
should be proposed as legislation a the upcoming 2016 Virginia General Assembly
Commission was referred a number of studies during the 2015 Session of the
General Assembly. Additionally, the Commission plans to implement
recommendations from last year’s missing person/search and rescue study,
continue to work towards completing the ongoing DNA Notification Project, and
continue to monitor illegal cigarette trafficking.
Commission was requested to study forfeiture of property used in connection
with the commission of crimes. Staff will conduct a comprehensive review of Virginia’s forfeiture
statutes, as well as review the issue of forfeiture upon conviction of the
walk around the house naked way more than my wife would prefer, she recently
played a joke on me. As I sometimes like to do, I donned only flip-flops to
enter our garage and get something from my tool shelf. I was a full 20 feet
inside when I heard the garage door rumble open.
I had to
give her credit. This not only related her point perfectly—that I am perhaps
not wearing pants as often as I should—but was undeniably hysterical. However,
then I heard the voices of little children playing outside, near our driveway.
laws that require pedophiles and rapists to register as sex offenders are a
good thing. They prohibit them from being near schools, parks, or playgrounds,
and make their identities easily learned by new neighbors and employers.
of the criminals listed on “offender locator” apps deserve to be there way less
than others. In fact, you may have committed some of the very same crimes that
got them listed alongside playground prowlers.
members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted “no” today on S. 178,
the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015, a human trafficking bill
that will expand federal mandatory minimum sentences. Julie Stewart, president
and founder of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, had this to say:
no question in my mind that human trafficking demands our attention and law
enforcement resources, but there’s also no question that expanding mandatory
minimum sentences is the wrong way to do it. Every time members of Congress
create a new mandatory minimum, they end up disproportionately punishing
offenders they never intended to.
husband and I had this discussion over a year ago and yesterdays experience (see earlier post, below) of no one being at a Norfolk VSP location
at all (during operating hours) to take an RSO’s Registration updates because they have an unwritten “by
appointment” policy has me circling back on this idea.
time an RSO must register, reregister, get their photo taken or update basic information
a VSP employee take the information and fills out paperwork by hand. Then that
paperwork is sent to VSP Headquarters for another VSP employee to enter into the
database by hand, allowing for typos, errors and delays. The majority of our
RSO’s must re-register 4 times a year plus any additional residence,
employment, vehicle, phone number or email changes. Last November the number of
RSO’s under VSP supervision was 8,726 and under DOC Probation was 3,478, that’s
at least 27,000 forms being
filled out and entered in 12 months.
place VSP SOR Kiosks (like an ATM) outside every VSP Barracks in the State?
What hours are listed as open for the appointments/registrations?
Approximately when (Month and
Year) did they begin this practice?
How did you learn of this new
In person when you went to
the Barracks to register? If so were you turned away that day or did they
take your update?
In person during a home
compliance check by your Compliance Officer?
In writing? If so via mail?
Handed a letter? If, so do you still have a copy?
Have you experienced any
delays in getting your information updated within the 3 day or 30 minute window
law) because there were no openings for an appointment even though you
were ready to travel to the VSP Barracks?
information you send me will remain anonymous and unspecific.
recently advised that the Virginia State Police location on Newtown Rd (Norfolk) had a sign posted for Registered Sex
Offenders who needed to register that walk-in’s were no longer an option and
they must be scheduled ahead of time, with their VSP Compliance Officer. All Sex
Offender Registry (SOR) updates must be “by
appointment”…… to register, re-register or update information with your
assigned VSP Compliance Officer. I was advised that this sign has been up for OVER 1 year. That RSO’s received no
advanced notice (by phone, via mail or in-person) of the change and in fact
some/many of them didn’t even know who their Compliance Officer was when the
sign went up. And since the sign has gone up RSO’s who have needed an
appointment within 30 minutes or less than 3 days even when they’ve told their
Compliance Officer the change needs to made that day or by a certain day to comply
with Virginia law they are still given an appointment days later…..AFTER the
RSO’s legal requirement. Who might suffer consequences from this? The RSO,
that’s who and that, is unacceptable!
been 10 years since Shaun Webb, a married father and caretaker at an Oakland
County Catholic church, was convicted of groping a teenage girl over her
sweater, a claim Webb vehemently denies.
then-37 with a clean criminal record, was convicted of misdemeanor sexual
assault and sent to jail for seven months.
misdemeanor, state law demanded Webb be listed on the same public sex offender
registry as hard-core rapists, pedophiles and other felons. It has meant a
decade of poverty, unemployment, harassment and depression for him. Under
current state law, he'll be on the list until 2031.
CITY — Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes urged Congress on Thursday to get
tougher on human trafficking worldwide, particularly by passing an
international Megan's Law to protect children from predators.
trafficking, he said, is one of the most insidious but least understood and
a father of six children, I want to change that," Reyes told the House
Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Human Rights in Washington, D.C.
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today issued the following statement after
granting an absolute pardon to Michael Kenneth McAlister.
“Today I am issuing an absolute
pardon for Michael Kenneth McAlister. My staff and
I have carefully and thoroughly reviewed the documentation in this case and
concluded that a pardon is appropriate in light of the overwhelming evidence,
including a recent confession by another individual, pointing to Mr.
McAlister’s actual innocence of the crime for which he was convicted.
“Mr. McAlister has served 29 years
in prison, and he had faced the potential to be civilly committed for a crime
he did not commit. A number of individuals in the law enforcement community,
including the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Richmond, have concluded that this crime was
committed by another individual, and that Mr. McAlister should be freed to
return to his family and his community. I have reached the same conclusion, and
I have acted in accordance with the law.
The belowstory is a week old and I posted a link to
it days ago to theIn the News page .
specifically avoided posting the article because I am always concerned one or
two Virginia Legislators will see something being done in another State that
increases punishment for RSO’s, makes a successful reentry impossible and is
based on zero facts as "a great idea" for the Commonwealth.
can not, not post articles and issues because I worry about a handful of
elected-officials who patron and vote for myth-based, fear driven and
I’ve decided to post it.
this mother of three teenagers was misidentified as Sex Offender /Sexual
Predator for just 2 weeks and she suffered immensely due to the label.Exactly
what WILL happen later this
year in Virginia
when Robby's Rule 2015HB1353/SB1074goes into effect and people with similar names are incorrectly
presumed to be Sex Offenders and they will be unable to prove otherwise.
Sex Offenders Registries are Constitutional ONLY if they remain administrative,
not punitive. If they are in fact punitive (as we all know they are) then they
are a violation of the Constitution and should be eliminated.
two weeks with a drivers license incorrectly marked Sex Offender she was:
Denied entry to Disney World
after being detained by employees in a room for about three hours while
employees called authorities about he designation
Denied a room at a hotel
Treated “the wrong way” in
public, including her loved ones
her she didn’t lose her job (Applebee’s server) or housing as most RSO’s do,
ALL because of the label not their ability to do their job or how they have behaved as a tenant.
Florida woman sues DMV for
wrongfully labeling her a sex offender on her license, May 7, 2015
Florida woman plans to sue the state
Department of Motor Vehicles after she was mistakenly listed as a sex offender,
causing her and her loved ones to be treated “the wrong way” in public, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Update: This book
is the best one I have read in 7 years. Every policymaker in America needs
to read this book.
If I had
the $5,400 to buy 145 copies for every Virginia Legislator and the
Administration I would!
If you read
only one book on Sex Offender Registries this should be it!
preordered this book two weeks into the 2015 Virginia General Assembly session
that began in January and ended in February.
was the first session in the 7 years I've been presenting facts and research during session that I walked away EXTEMELY dumbfounded and
disappointed that Virginia’s 140 Legislators and our Governor willfully ignored
every fact, our Constitution (retroactively placing citizens with 20+ year old
convictions on a new VSP list-of-shame) and ignored every unintended consequence presented to them in regards to the two Myth-Fear-Hate-Based
proposals HB1366and HB1353/SB1074 that will become law on July 1st.
arrived earlier this week and today I finally sat down to read it.
should you care about who represents you in Richmond every year?
Because THEY represent YOU!
wrongly assume that what happens in Washington,
D.C. when it comes to passing new
laws is much more important than what is happening in their State Legislature.
The majority of laws that affect our daily lives are State laws, not
Federal. Most laws affecting Registered Sex Offenders are State laws, not Federal.
happens at the annual Virginia General Assembly in Richmond is extremely important
and you should know who the candidates are, if there is a Primary for your House or Senate District in June
you should vote on the 9th and on November 3rd if there is
a contested race (more than one candidate running) you should get out an vote!
years VirginiaDelegates(100) run for re-election and every four years Virginia Senators(40) run for re-election.
This November 3, 2015 ALL 140 seats are up for grabs.
is more than one candidate vying for the same political party seat then they
participate in the June Primary, the winner will then go on to represent their
party in the November election.
are labeled a public Sex Offender the statute of the conviction or the
specifics of your case don’t matter.
You can not enroll in college, you can not
secure housing or employment, you could be prohibited from Internet-use even
though almost EVERYTHING personal, professional and financial is done on the
Internet in 2015 and finding someone who will love you and live with the stigma is almost impossible! You are a pariah that no one wants to be near and your
successful reentry into society becomes unobtainable. But our
lawmakers continue to pile on new restrictions, retroactively... they impose higher
classifications.... and more/ longer regulations and requirements under the guise
of public safety....even though ZERO facts over the last 20 years support that such registries, labels, regulations and restrictions protect
Facing the system: Former UB
student struggles as Level 2 sex offender, May 8, 2015