I am the kind of person that may not remember your name when I run into you at the grocery store but I know your face is familiar.
I probably won’t remember how many kids you have, your spouses name or where you went to college just because we worked together 5 years ago.
I also probably won’t notice you’re wearing a new piece of jewelry or you’re driving a new car.
But I am the type of person that is very astute when it comes to the character of a person. When people talk they give you clues about themselves that reveal a lot more then they probably think they’ve revealed.
Over the last 9 years as an advocate I’ve paid very close attention to what RSO's and their loved ones say and do.
I’ve met with many RSO’s and family members over the years and I’ve heard from even more via email, postal mail or telephone.
I’ve learned a lot about the character and integrity from those who have been swept up by the overly broad Sex Offender laws, restrictions and regulations. I have also witnessed a percentage of arrogance, manipulation, repudiation and the willingness to look the other way when a voice or an action of moral obligation is desperately needed.
Now I don’t like labels, who does?
And I know many followers don’t like classifications or grouping former-offenders into categories.
But I do believe the small percentage of those who re-offend share similar traits, things they say, things they do and things they don’t do.