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Are registered sex offenders perverts and rapists????

May 13, 2014

Dear Abby

Most people seem to think that registered sex offenders are dangerous perverts that need to be avoided.

That usually is not true!!!! Here in Arizona the victimless crime of "urinating in an alley" will required you to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life!!!!!!

I friend of mine who was arrested in Scottsdale after a night of bar hopping was arrested for when he urinated in an alley.

It was a set up, the police routinely park their cars in the ally waiting for the bar to close so they can arrest people who didn't have a chance to use the rest room in the bar before closing time.

He copped a plea to a lower charge to avoid being classified as a sex offender and being required to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

I believe that here in Arizona statutory rape, which isn't rape at all, but the victimless crime of consensual sex between an adult and a minor will also required you to register as a sex offender.

I suspect that the politicians who pass these draconian laws do it to enhance their position of being "tough on crime". And by the politicians who want to impress the "religious right" by making God's law a government crime.

Dear Abby: Register for sex offenders covers a gamut of offenses

Posted on May 13, 2014

Abigail Van Buren

Universal Press Syndicate

DEAR ABBY: As a licensed psychotherapist who has worked with both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse over the past 25 years, I would like to respond to “Stunned in the City” (Jan. 22), who found her co-worker’s name on a website for registered sex offenders.

Registered sex offenders have been convicted and incarcerated for their crimes as well as serving a probationary period upon release. However, unlike other criminal offenses, they never finish “serving their time” — both in the areas of WHERE they can live and HOW they can live (employment). They continue to serve a sentence that can never be completed and are stigmatized for the rest of their lives.

The reason for this is because of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to punishment, be it a one-time offender or a serial rapist. Most sexual abusers are either members of the family or a close family friend, and most are never reported. Only a small percentage of registered offenders pose a danger and should be under surveillance. The others should be allowed a second chance to continue with their lives without undue harassment.

If “Stunned” reports her co-worker to her employer, she will jeopardize his livelihood, which he needs to redeem his life. — ALREADY PAID HIS DEBT

DEAR A.P.H.D.: I received mail from mental health professionals, employers, parents and people who are on the sex offenders’ list regarding “Stunned’s” letter. All of them stated that the range of crimes that can add someone to the list is very broad. The list is no more than a STARTING point for people to begin their own research into public records before telling an employer or another person. Read on:

DEAR ABBY: For more than 20 years I have employed a man who is a convicted sex offender. He paid his debt to society for having sex with a minor when he was in his 20s. It will haunt him for the rest of his life.

The pictures you see online are recent because the authorities require updated photos yearly. I empathize with him because I dated a 15-year-old when I was 19 — with her parents’ approval — but today it could mean jail time and a ruined life.

There is no demarcation between being dumb and being truly criminal, so everyone is labeled the same. I suggest that we all stay aware of those labeled sexual predators, but approach the sexual offenders case-by-case. — JUSTICE FOR ALL

DEAR ABBY: Inclusion on the registry can be the result of something that would not pose a danger to anyone — urinating in public, or having sex with a younger girlfriend when you yourself are a minor.

If you see a neighbor or co-worker on such a list, no one should jump to conclusions before doing more research about the actual offense. It may be nothing to worry about at all, or it might be something to react to. But you won’t know until you find out more than a simple listing. — REBECCA IN SAN DIEGO

DEAR ABBY: After breakfast on Saturdays, my husband and I settle in, listen to music and read the newspaper. It’s our Saturday morning ritual.

As part of it, when I get to your column, I read it out loud to my husband. We enjoy the letters and your advice. When I finish, my husband almost invariably says, “You know, those letters are made up.”

Abby, I think they are real, albeit edited, but genuine. He thinks they’re fake. Who’s right? — TRUE BELIEVER IN MICHIGAN

DEAR TRUE BELIEVER: You are. I could never make up anything as interesting as the mail that arrives from my readers day after day.

• Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.