Friday, August 7, 2015

Dr. Jill Levenson: “It's time for a serious public dialogue about registry reform. It's time to question the placement of many individuals on sex-offender registries to determine if they really belong there”.

Dr. Jill Levenson

Does youthful mistake merit sex-offender status? August 6, 2015
By Jill Levenson

Jill Levenson is an associate professor of social work and researcher at Barry University in Miami, and a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with sexual assault victims, survivors and offenders for nearly 30 years. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers. 

Zachery Anderson was a 19-year-old college student with no criminal history when he met a teenage girl on the dating app "Hot or Not" and had sex with her in December. The girl, who admitted she lied about her age, turned out to be only 14, making their encounter a sexual crime.

Despite statements from the girl and her mother begging the judge for leniency, Anderson was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years on probation.  

There are few crimes that inspire as much fear and outrage in society as sexual offenses, and lawmakers have responded swiftly and decisively to the public's demand for protective and punitive legislation.  

Restoring Integrity to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry Blog Reaches 100,000 Page Views!


It took 25 months, 5 days but now this blog has received 100,000 page views, a real milestone that is worth mentioning!

I know folks on Facebook highlight and celebrate how many ‘likes’ and how many ‘followers’ they receive and since I’m not on social-media/Facebook I’m going to take a minute here to emphasize  this benchmark. 

Thank you to everyone who have found this blog and values the posts, pages and action items, you have made this site a real success!  

Now onto 200,000! 

Mary Davye Devoy