Thursday, February 21, 2013

Angela Miller Performs in Hollywood

If spiritual songs about Jesus upset you, don't watch it!

This is a very powerful song about hardship and getting through it. WOW!!!!


Video Description:
Angela Miller knew performing her own song was a risk that she was willing to take. Did the gamble pay off enough to send her through to the next round?


Some Things Never Change - You will never prevent all crimes!

Coronet Magazine (August 1946)
Original Article

The following is an article by Marc Klaas. Below it is the comment we left on the article, which we are sure will be deleted, so that is why we are posting it below.

02/20/2013

A heartbroken father, his voice trembling with grief and terror, went on the air. Sobbingly he pleaded with the kidnapper who had snatched his daughter from her bed the night before. He begged him not to harm the child. He would do anything — anything at all — if only his little girl was returned home, safe and sound.

For weeks newspapers followed the case, reporting every minor development of the ensuing manhunt. Finally, newsboys were hawking murder headlines that shocked and angered every American. The missing child had not been kidnapped for ransom. She had been abused and butchered. Her kidnapper had been a sex criminal—a depraved prowler who had stolen her from her bed and then had tried to hide his crime by killing a helpless child.

Frantic parents asked for extra patrols around their homes. Americans were aroused, angry, infuriated–and never was anger more justified. No wonder Americans rage and fume every time shocking headlines meet their eyes. It is ever present, terribly real, and deadly serious. It should not only make us angry–it should keep us angrily determined to fight the menace until the solution is finally reached. For there is a solution: As the first step toward it, we must completely revise our present thinking about sex crimes and sex criminals.


Our comment left on the article:
"This just goes to prove that no matter how many laws you make to "protect" people, you will never stop all crime. If a person is intent on committing a crime, they will commit a crime. Anger and hate has never solved anything! We need to work on educating kids in schools about the dangers of the world, sexual abuse, how to report it, etc."


OR - Danger or not, offenders labeled for life

Original Article

02/21/2013

By Peter Korn

When the knock came at [name withheld]’s door, it came softly, accompanied by: “Hey, [name withheld], come out and talk to me.”

It didn’t take [name withheld] long to figure out who had come calling — the Portland police. And once he knew that, he knew why.

[name withheld] is a registered sex offender. Convicted of second-degree rape 20 years ago of an underage girl, he is supposed to re-register every time he moves to a new residence. He’s done that. But when he last registered, in December, he said he was homeless on 82nd Avenue. Police have since learned that he is living in the Kenton neighborhood, nowhere near 82nd Avenue. They called and told him to come in and register. He didn’t. Last Thursday morning they came calling.

The police also know that [name withheld] has been refereeing at youth basketball leagues around the city. Technically, [name withheld] can legally referee boys and girls basketball, and Bridget Sickon, who supervises the police sex registration detail, recognizes that. But failing to register, even just a change of address, is a felony.

Handcuffed in the back seat of Sickon’s police car, [name withheld] says he is still homeless, and caretaking the house in North Portland for a friend.

[name withheld] will likely be kept at the county jail for only a day or so. A court appearance will follow. If a judge or jury agrees that he legally failed to register, [name withheld] likely will get a sentence of probation. Under the supervision of a probation officer, Sickon says, [name withheld] probably won’t be allowed to referee youth basketball.

Whether [name withheld] is getting a bum deal depends on whom you ask, and whether they feel he represents a public danger. With evidence that Portland appears to be attracting more than its share of registered sex criminals, it’s a question criminal justice officials often have to consider.

Answers won’t come easy. A large number of sex abuse cases involve young men and underage women. None is easily categorized.

As an example of the potential dangers, registered sex offender [name withheld], 40, was accused last summer of killing a 32-year-old Portland woman and a 15-year-old girl. [name withheld] had to registered as a sex offender because of a sex abuse conviction when he was 22 in a case that involved a 14-year-old victim.

Attorney Judith Armatta has spent a good part of her life advocating for the rights of women victims of domestic and sexual violence. She helped set up a battered women’s shelter in Corvallis, and ran a similar Clackamas County shelter. Today, much of her advocacy work is on behalf of sex offenders.

Armatta’s perspective changed when her 23-year-old grandnephew was required to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to statutory rape in [name withheld] County three years ago. The victim, Armatta says, was a runaway 15-year-old girl who insisted she was 18.

Armatta’s view of sex offenders has gone through a radical transformation.

I was always told there was nothing you could do — once a sex offender always a sex offender,” she says. “Now I believe that’s absolutely not true. The category is overly broad.”

Armatta isn’t claiming choir boy status for her grandnephew, who lives with her after his release from prison. She admits he has a history of substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence against his family. But a lifetime label of registered sex offender is not appropriate, she says. He has never been fixated on young girls. He has never forced himself on anybody sexually.

They think he’s a sex offender, that he’s going to re-offend sexually,” Armatta says. “I don’t think he offended sexually. I think the law is wrong.”

Armatta’s grandnephew is finding it hard to make a life of his own. Last year he took a job canvassing for a political campaign, but was fired when organizers discovered he was a registered sex offender. He can’t find an apartment to rent because background checks reveal his sex offender status. He has a 4-year-old son from a previous relationship. He’s reconciled with the mother, Armatta says, but his probation officer won’t allow him to see his child.

I’ve worked to protect victims of violence, especially women and children,” Armatta says. “I’m proud of the work we did to change things, and I’ve known there’s this element in the American psyche that has a real hang up around sex. We’re a very sexualized and sexually judgmental society and we’re vindictive."

But Oregon has made huge strides in eliminating statutory rape offenders from the registration lists, says Vi Beaty, who administers the sex offender registration program in the state. Since 2008, when a new state law went into effect, few new consensual cases involving men younger than 23 and girls younger than 18 have resulted in sex offender registration, Beaty says.

In addition, Beaty says more than 200 men who had been convicted of statutory rape have had their names removed from the Oregon registry.

Despite claims by critics of Oregon’s policy, Portlanders caught exposing themselves or urinating in public one time don’t end up as registered sex offenders, says Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Caroline Wong. But viewing child pornography — another controversial offense — does rate registration.

On the other hand, the law allows district attorneys great latitude in the plea bargaining process, and a number of offenders have told the Tribune that other Oregon county prosecutors are significantly harsher when it comes to sex crimes.

Alissa Ackerman, a criminal justice professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma, is convinced that only a small percentage of sex offenders will commit new sex crimes when released from prison. Ackerman says that most offenders who commit crimes against children are not sexually attracted to children. Instead, she says, they are people who under stress take out their frustration on children in their own families “because they are easy targets, basically.” Those offenders, Ackerman says, can be taught how to deal with their stress and will be at low-risk to re-offend.

Fewer than one in five of the sex offenders Ackerman studied victimized a stranger, and those were the most likely to re-offend sexually. Many of the others, she says, stigmatized by their label, turned to property crime out of financial desperation or violent crime “to drown away their pain.”

Oregon program administrator Beaty is convinced her program deters sex crimes in a way that escapes data detection by academic researchers.

A lot of the offenders who call in and talk to me say, ‘If I would have known I would have to go through all this, I never would have (committed the crime),’ ” Beaty says. “How do the researchers measure a negative?


AL - Sex offender pushes for classification reforms

Original Article

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02/20/2013

By Phillip Ohnemus

BIRMINGHAM (WIAT) - When it comes to a threat of our children nothing raises a red flag like the threat of a sex offender living in our community.

In the last 20 years penalties for sex offenders and laws restricting their movements have grown exponentially.

It's something Derek Logue is fighting. "We still have a far long way to go to determine who is a high risk and who isn't."

Logue uses himself as the ultimate example. In 2001, he was convicted of sexual abuse of an 11-year old girl.

But he says it was an isolated incident and he's no threat to the general public. "I'm not out reoffending… I've been out for 10 years and I haven't reoffended haven't been accused of reoffending and it's not enough to satisfy society. Tthey judge me on something I did in my college years and I'm a middle aged man now."

Janette Grantham and Miriam Shehane say "big deal." They are victims rights advocates.

Through their non-profit organization VOCAL, Victims of Crimes and Leniency, they stand up for victims who cannot or will not stand up for themselves.

Neither has any sympathy for a man who served just 25 months of a six year sentence for his crime.

Grantham says victims aren't so lucky. "It stays with them. If they could serve two years or three years and then they could go on with their life that would be great. But they can never go on with their lives because they are never the same again."
- As long as you see yourself as a victim you will always be a victim!

But Logue argues he has paid his penance. He believes the restrictions he and others like him are forced to live under a decade after their release from prison are punitive.

"You send them to prison, they're glorified dog cages. You incapacitate them for years and years they develop no skills they get no treatment when they're in there and when they get out of prison. You deny them housing, you deny them a support network, you deny them jobs. I was homeless for a while."

Logue attributes the homelessness and the fact that he is not working to his status as a sex offender. "I have a degree, I should be out working, but society fears me so much that most people won't hire me because of the label. You're a sex offender."

Logue takes issue with the sex offender database. He says it was intended to allow law enforcement to have a private list to check up on when a child goes missing... But changes in law have made the database public.

Where Logue takes issue there is no classification in Alabama making it impossible for people to determine who is and is not a threat.

Says Logue, "We feel like we have to rely on some list that can't differentiate between a drunken mooner and a pedophile to make a determination on a person's character. You can't judge my character based on a list."

Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls admits the system is flawed. And legislators are working to find a way to better classify and identify who is a danger to society. But Falls says the subject is not a black and white issue.

It's very delicate trying to create a law that everyone will agree with. The question becomes, should that be required for the rest of their lives? And, every situation is different."

But victim’s advocates have a much simpler solution.

Janette Grantham suggests, "All they have to do if they don't want to be burdened with a sex offender label on their driver's license and everywhere they go, then don't commit the crime."

Mirium Shehane adds "everybody has choices. And you better think about that. What choices you make in life… there are consequences."





This is what happens when the registry is public!


WI - Former Sheboygan mayor (Bob Ryan) sentenced in sexual assault case

Bob Ryan
Original Article

02/20/2013

MILWAUKEE - His troubles have gone on for years. Now, the embattled former mayor of Sheboygan has been sentenced.

As expected, the former mayor will not spend a day in jail, only having to pay fines for touching a woman during a drinking binge two years ago.

A judge ended a chapter in Bob Ryan's life that the former mayor hoped he'd never write.

"If things went down the way that it was described, I know other people would have felt the same outrage,” said the Hon. Terense Bourke, the circuit court judge on the case. “It's not hard to imagine someone taking Mr. Ryan, bringing him out of the bar and punching him in the nose."

Ryan is now guilty of two misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and must pay $200. A woman told police Ryan squeezed her breasts twice during a now infamous weekend of binge drinking in Elkhart Lake.

A victim's advocate read a statement of the woman - who was too embarrassed to go to court.

"I feel a sense -- a small sense of peace and closure now that it is over, and I know some sense of justice has been made."

The former mayor, who has kept quiet since losing his job last year, told reporters he took a plea deal to avoid media scrutiny. While he admits to being drunk, he denies doing anything illegal.

"I was not looking forward to people making false accusations on the stand,” he said. “I was not looking forward to putting my family through that."

Ryan's alcohol-fueled antics have subsided. He said he's battling his alcoholism, and hopes to move on with his life.

"I attend regular meetings,” he said. “One thing nice with not being a public official is now my private life is private, and I intend to keep it that way."

Ryan has not taken a job since losing a recall election last year. Now that he has avoided being convicted of sexual assault, he'd like to move on and stay out of politics for good.


Panic Does Not Make for Good Policy

Original Article

02/20/2013

By Roger N. Lancaster

Sexual violence, like other forms of violence, is traumatic and devastating. The question is not whether the state has an interest in preventing such harm, but whether current laws are appropriate and effective.

The U.S. legal landscape was reshaped by federal laws passed in the mid-1990s, in response to heinous but statistically unusual crimes involving stranger abduction, rape and murder. The Wetterling Act required convicted sex offenders to register with local authorities, and Megan’s Law required law enforcement to notify neighbors about the presence of a sex offender in their community. As a result, all states now post searchable online lists of at least some categories of registered sex offenders. The U.S. Department of Justice links all the states’ registries in a single searchable site, available to neighbors, employers, landlords and the public at large.

These public lists do include some violent repeat offenders, which was the original aim of the laws. But the registries have grown rapidly — to nearly three-quarters of a million registrants at latest count. Culpability and harm vary greatly in the offenses for which people are registered. Some states require exhibitionists and “peeping Toms” to register. By best estimates, a large majority is registered for conviction on first offenses involving neither violence nor coercion (or even, in some cases, physical contact). Many registrants would not be classified as criminal under European laws, which set lower ages of consent than do American laws. Registrants even include minors who had consensual sex with their high school sweethearts, or who traded self-taken sexually explicit photos with their peers (“sexting”).


See Also:

Roger N. Lancaster, a professor of anthropology and cultural studies at George Mason University, is the author of "Sex Panic and the Punitive State."


ARC Talk Radio - Tami Loehrs, a computer forensics expert specializing in child porn cases

Hosted by: ARC Talk Radio (TalkShoe)

Title: SPECIAL GUEST Tami Loehrs computer forensics expert

Time: 02/20/2013 08:00 PM EST

Episode Notes: We are pleased to announce a special guest on ARC Talk Radio and we are excited to announce that our guest is Tami Loehrs, a computer forensics expert specializing in child porn cases. Tami is the computer forensic expert who worked on the well-known Matt Bandy case. Mark your calendars you won't want to miss this show!