You place that kind of stigma on a kid and they tend to live up, or rather down, to those expectations. There is no way to explain [the accusation of sexual harassment] to him. Some children are on registries because they committed serious sex offenses, such as forcibly raping a much younger child.
Subjecting children to sex offender laws originally developed for adult offenders is both unnecessary from a public safety perspective and harmful to the child. The juvenile justice system acknowledges that children who break the law should be treated differently than adults, with a greater emphasis on rehabilitation, and that forcing them to carry the burden of a public criminal record for childhood mistakes serves neither them nor the community.
Children thus find themselves subject to the shame and stigma of being identified as sex offenders on online registries, in some cases for the rest of their lives. For example, Kevin A. It sort of hit me off balance. He is in group therapy and is in individual counseling.
Still, the ordeal has had a significant effect on Paul. No girl should want to be around me. In a study of children arrested for committing sexual offenses, 59 percent of the offenses were categorized as indecent liberties touching or fondling and 27 percent as rape. The rest were arrested for what were described as non-contact offenses public exposure. There is little evidence that these youths engage in acts of sexual penetration for the same reasons as their adult counterparts.
None of the female offenders committed another sex offense in the same period. In Philadelphia, only 8 percent of adult sex offenders had been juvenile sex offenders. As a mother, if we were talking about a true child molester, I may want to know these things, but we are talking about someone who made a mistake when he was a child.
Jim was tried as an adult, convicted, and spent three years in a Maricopa County, Arizona jail, where he was assaulted on a number of occasions. He was released when he was Jim was not able to participate in his high school graduation, so when he was released from jail, his parents bought a graduation cap and gown, and took a picture of Jim on the day he received his G.
Looking at it, you would not guess all the pain surrounding this time in our lives. We live a mile-and-a-half from Jim, so we are notified. He is horrified that his picture is posted in his neighborhood.
He is horrified that his neighbors think he is a baby rapist. Jim works in construction, because, through a friend, his mother was able to explain his situation to the company manager. The manager continues to employ Jim, despite his arrests.
These exceptions still leave many teenagers at risk of being labeled as sex offenders for engaging in sexual conduct that is legal for adults. At least 28 states require registration as a sex offender for someone convicted of having consensual sex with another teenager, if the offender was either age 17 or two years older than the other party. For example, in Georgia, a year-old married woman was made to register as a sex offender for life and had to move from her homebecause it falls within an area in which sex offenders are prohibited from living, because as a teenager she had oral sex with a willing fellow high school student when she was 17 and he was And now we are married.
Does having premarital sex make me a danger to society? The girl was Now I am in college. I register everywhere and every time I am suppose[d] to. I must register every 90 days. I must register between the hours of 8 and 5 Monday thru Friday before the 15th [of the] month.
Right now I can handle that. I am a student, my hours are flexible, but once I start work, I will either have to work near the police office I register at to do it on my lunch hour or take time off from work.
I get a call from the [college baseball] head coach to come to the office. My heart is in my throat. The athletic director is beside himself. He tells me that an officer from the police station comes in to see him and that he says that we have a sex offender on campus that is on his baseball roster. He says I must have lied on my application, because I checked no on my college application when it asked if I was ever convicted of a felony.
I said I did not lie. I am not a felon. He says that being on the list makes me a felon. I am use[d] to my family confronting these people [who ask me about being on a sex offender list]. It is hard to tell people over and over. The looks on their faces are hard to read. You never know what they are really thinking until much later. Here I am in a new school. I know no one and very early on I have to explain my past to total strangers. When my family and I go on vacation to visit relatives in other states I must always look up the law as to my duties regarding the list in a particular state.
More than two weeks in New York I must register. More than three consecutive days in one county in Florida I must register.
My parents moved to Arkansas. If you are in Arkansas you must register after 14 days. They take a statement and fingerprint you. It is always like starting it up all over again.
I will be visiting my parents for more than 30 days in a year so I had to be assessed as to my level of risk to reoffend. I had to take a psychological test. I wanted to puke [the questions] were so disgusting. Is that the type of person people think I am? I am not attracted to children, or dead people. I would never rape anyone. I respect women; I have three sisters, a mother, grandmothers, aunt and girlfriend who I love.
I am a good person who made a bad decision with a peer 16 months my junior seven weeks after my 17th birthday. My coach might send me to New York next summer to play baseball. I will have to be assessed by them too. I will have to do this for another 23 years.
That is how long I have to register. Adjudicated Youth on Public Registries: Michigan provides a powerful example of this problem. Michigan In Michigan children can be tried and convicted as adults, with the conviction entering the public record. The state created an alternative procedure, however, for youth between the ages of 17 and 21 who commit certain crimes, including sex offenses. Under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act HYTA , judges have the option of allowing a young offender to plead guilty, and if he or she completes the period of supervision without incident the conviction is never entered into the public record and the young offender keeps a clean record.
The goals and benefits of the HYTA are, however, compromised by sex offender registration and community notification laws. Young sex offenders who accepted a plea deal under HYTA have found that they are nonetheless required to register as sex offenders.
By all accounts you are a reliable, bright and thoughtful young man, and there are many glowing statements about your personal qualities. So the question then becomes should this act of indiscriminate behavior on your part relegate you to the status of a convicted felon, and in my judgment that would not be fair.
Sean wrote about his experience of being placed on the sex offender registry: I thought the whole purpose behind being sentenced under HYTA was so that I could start my life over, and basically be given a second chance.
In my opinion, the registry is far worse and has a much bigger stigma attached to it than having a conviction on my record. A friend of mine was sentenced under HYTA for something which does not require registering and he can honestly say he has never been convicted of a crime and it does not show up anywhere else, to ruin his life. I followed the rules, but my name on the sex offender registry prevents me from having my clean break.
Requiring community notification for teenagers who have engaged in consensual sex with others seems particularly problematic. The public has a strong interest in making sure that those youth who are troubled and are at risk of reoffending receive the help they need to avoid engaging in such conduct again.
Treatment and rehabilitation of children is rarely furthered by publicizing that they were adjudicated or convicted of a sex crime. Moreover, as noted above, since most adult offenders were never youthful sex offenders, requiring adults to register for crimes committed as youth contributes little to the public interest in identifying and monitoring people likely to engage in sex offenses.
Human Rights Watch is not persuaded that there is ever a need to have child offenders register and subject them to community notification laws. However, if the law is going to authorize registration of children, no child should ever be required to register unless a court or authorized panel of experts determines he or she poses such a serious risk to public safety that other safety measures are insufficient and registration is necessary.
Even then, a child who is registered should not be included on online sex offender registries. If the court or panel determines that some form of community notification is necessary, law enforcement should undertake to do so in a careful and limited way that would minimize the harm to the child while protecting public safety.
Any registration requirement should also be periodically reviewed to ensure it remains necessary. Oxford University Press, In the past 30 years, state laws have cut back juvenile court jurisdiction in some serious cases, and there is an overall trend toward trying children in adult courts.
In theory, juvenile courts emphasize rehabilitation over punishment. Robert Longo, a child psychiatrist who specializes in treating child sex offenders, August 1, Perdue, Civil Action No.