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New Jersey citizens are just beginning to learn about a massive and
unjust assault taking place today on a whole class of people - a couple
of million at least. These are those called "sex offenders," and their
families. Together, they share public humiliation akin to the Salem
pillory of centuries ago, as well as severe restrictions on movement,
residence and everyday life. Virtually unnoticed, an additional group
of people - numbering also in hundreds, more likely in the thousands -
are those who found the repression too great, contemplated suicide, and
chose instead, exile.
People who are merely accused of sex offenses in the
United States today, however fairly or unfairly grounded, and however
great or small the alleged offense, are at once part of a new outcast
group. Once convicted, they are treated far worse than murderers and
other violent criminals in more humane societies like Canada. And once
they serve draconian sentences, the persecution goes on - in some
states and for many offenders, for the rest of their lives.
Not welcome in parks or campsites, or in libraries or
swimming pools, they must stay away from schools and scouting and other
youth events, even when their own children are involved. In some
states, they may not use computers, nor can their family members. In
some states, they may not attend church events where youth are present.
They must live within narrowly defined enclaves, sometimes only in
motels on the outskirts of towns, or under bridges and underpasses, as
in the infamous Miami case.
No longer sit in silence and suffer, now is the time for
action - join
the New Jersey Sex Offender Reform project!