Saturday, October 27, 2012
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Next Show: October 29th, 2012 at 7:00pm EST
On Monday nights is our radio-role-play interview practice sessions for reform sex offender law activists “Molester Mondays with Bill Blathers” beginning October 29th 2012 and secondly, our standard talk radio program “Sex Offenders: EXPOSED!” where you will find interesting coverage of sex offenders legal issues in the news, interviews, and commentary beginning in January 2013.
In an effort to help balance the voices speaking out regarding people listed on the Sex Offender Registry list, SOclear Media Productions offers a radio program where Sex Offender Law Reform activists can practice their media interview verbal skills.
Our Radio-Role-Play program known as “Molester Mondays with Bill Blathers” is a weekly 90 minute program designed to provide role-play practice to questions and prompts by fictional host Bill Blathers (played by Tom Madison).
In January 2013, we will expand our BlogtalkRadio programming by offering a proactive “registered families” viewpoint that will usher in the missing components of the SOR list debate beginning to emerge in the United States today. Titled “Sex Offenders: EXPOSED!” will begin in January 2013.
As most people know, the news business is very competitive and that is why reporters are quick to get interviews with law enforcement and prosecutor offices in a rush to get the crime story ready for broadcast later in the day.
However, as with many controversies in life, there is always another side to the story that is typically not well covered in the news media. The voices of the “registered families” of this country are beginning to stand up and make their views known as to the other side of the story.
We hope to see you during either of our radio programs in the weeks to come.
By Haisten Willis
[name withheld] knew she was in an abusive relationship, and something had to be done. While seeking a divorce from her then-husband, the man scratched his own face and blamed her. [name withheld] was arrested and later exonerated, but a litany of websites like Mugshots.com are demanding money to have her unflattering arrest photo removed from their sites.
- They had Mugshot.com which is not used, so I believe they are talking about the site linked above.
Douglas County Democratic legislator Roger Bruce (Email, Facebook) has heard many such stories. In the 2013 legislative session, he plans to introduce a bill outlawing websites from profiting off the shots.
“We’ve been working on this for three or four months,” he said, adding that a draft of the bill already exists. “A number of folks have contacted me with issues about having mug shots posted online. They’ve been exonerated for what they were arrested for and want to get the picture removed. One site wanted to charge three or four thousand dollars. It’s crazy.”
- This is the same kind of extortion as the Offendex.com web site, which is potentially being sued.
Mugshots are taken any time someone is arrested, but they do not constitute a conviction. Thousands of people are arrested every year and later cleared of charges. Nonetheless, the shots linger indefinitely on popular mugshot websites, and can haunt people for years.
- Well, how does a web site get a hold of the mugshots in the first place? If the police would stop making them public accessible, then this would not be a problem.
“It sent me into a great depression,” said [name withheld], who lives in Douglasville. “I expunged my record, but it wasn’t that simple. It devastated my life and disrupted my family.”
Legally, the shots are public information. For example, the Douglas County jail website has a searchable database of mugshots, and they also appear regularly in newspapers. For-profit sites, however, post the pictures and charge large sums for removal.
- And that is the source of the problem.
By Allison Munn
JONESBORO (KAIT) - In the wake of [name withheld] abducting a 5-year-old Poplar Bluff girl, in addition to his extensive sex offender background, Region 8 News looked into whether or not a sex offender can be rehabilitated.
- This is what ticks us off. They are talking about sex offenders in general, from the statements above, but below they, as usual, lump all ex-sex offenders into the child molesting, pedophile predator group, which is far from the truth. True pedophiles are rare, not the norm like they make it out to be. If you want to talk about child molesters and true pedophiles, then do so, stop putting all offenders into one basket.
Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Phil Hestand told Region 8 News results vary.
"Probably about half of the people who receive adequate treatment do not re-offend," Hestand said. He explained that pedophilia isn't comparable to addiction.
- By him saying "probably," shows he's making a guess. The facts, from the many studies we've read, is that a majority, around 90% or more, do not re-offend, and that accounts for all types of ex-offenders. He then goes on to talk about pedophilia as if all ex-sex offenders are pedophiles, which is not true. True pedophiles account for 5% or less of all ex-sex offenders.
"For whatever reason, they're focused on children for sexual gratification," Hestand said. "In some ways it's a sexual orientation."
- Pedophiles, yes, but not all sex offenders are pedophiles.
But, he told Region 8 News, many treatment programs offered for pedophiles are similar to that of a drug or alcohol treatment program. Programs like relapse prevention and cognitive behavioral therapy have proven to be somewhat effective.
"Because frankly, most people believe that you can't take that sexual attraction away," Dr. Hestand said.
However, Dr. Hestand said even adequate relapse prevention programs have only shown to be effective about half of the time.
These programs are in comparison to punishment related programs, which Dr. Hestand said are less effective.
"Things like that have been tried. You know, punishment, shaming, shock therapies," he explained. "It just hasn't worked. They've tried castration."
Dr. Hestand said they have to be realistic about what kind of treatment will keep pedophiles from relapsing. But, since there's no set rehabilitative program for pedophiles, knowing if someone will re-offend after participating in a program is difficult to predict.
"What's available for treatment is just very variable in different parts of the country. Sometimes people may get fairly adequate treatment and sometimes people may get very little."
Dr. Hestand also mentioned that there are some medications out now that will lower testosterone levels to a very low level... and have shown some effectiveness as long as the pedophile takes the medication.
- Isn't that called chemical castration?