About a month ago, I received an email from one of our Romeo guys (it's the easiest term I can think of to describe them all) and he was selected by MTV to do the reality show "True Life." This particular episode will be called "True Life - I'm a Sex Offender." It is a Romeo/Juliet type case. I dont know if you've seen any of the MTV shows, but they are more of a documentary type show with the focus on younger people (18-24 years old). Some shows have been about drug abuse, others about young men becoming fathers and not being to see their children, etc.
Anyway, last weekend, MTV came to Illinois and began filming this young man. Illinois Voices rented a conference room, put together a great slideshow, invited all of our supporters and covered "every" topic of the registry (with the main focus on Romeo/Juliet laws since that is the show's topic). We did want to use this opportunity to cover ALL aspects (not just Romeo/Juliet cases) just in case they use a portion of this meeting on their show. MTV will be back in the next 2 or 3 months to do more filming, including us going to state representatives to talk to them about this legislation. We actually have a state rep drafting a bill now and he has agreed to let MTV film a meeting with Illinois Voices and himself.
Because each hour long show normally contains 2 (or 3) similar situations, MTV is looking for another case. I am copying and pasting the producer's email below. If you (or anyone you know) is interested, please respond to the attachment (not to me directly - otherwise, I'll just have to forward it on). They are looking for something specific, so please only respond if you know someone who fits the description listed on the attachment and who is willing to go public - their full names WILL be used and their family members and friends WILL be filmed. There will be NO privacy on this. The cameras will be following this person around for several days at a time so it has to be someone who is 100% willing to go public (along with their family and friends). During our phone conversations, the producer mentioned that she would prefer a case in another state - other than 2 cases in Illinois. She is hoping for a case involving sexting or pornography (emailing photos between teens) but may wind up doing another consensual relationship.
I do want to mention one thing . . . yesterday, after speaking with 2 producers, both have told me separately that our meeting "was a real eye opener." This is EXACTLY what we are trying to accomplish. Public education is key to reform!
Email from MTV:
"I would like to share with you a casting call for a documentary that will appear on the True Life series about young people required to be on the sex offender registry. Attach please find detailed information."