A friend of mine has a son who is in jail waiting trial. He has been waiting for a couple years. They want to give him a ten year sentence because of a touching game he and some teenagers were playing and he touched the breasts of an underage (15) girl. Completely consensual. He was 18. Is this right? Does he deserve to have his life ruined because of this and also have the tag of “sex offender” follow him for the rest of his life, ruining job opportunities and even the ability to rent an apartment? Yes we do have sex offenders who are a danger to people, but there is a large percentage of those people who are not dangerous. Anytime someone hears the word “sex offender” they immediately jump to the conclusion that person is a rapists or pedophile. This is another part of our injustice system. A sex offender can never pay his debt to society. He is branded for the rest of his life. He will always have to explain himself to every single person he meets and people will look at him with disgust in their eyes.
I wanted to bring this to light today to see what you think.
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