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These blogs are the work of Nissa Annakindt, writer and farmer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

My poetry and prose have been published in: Struggle, Above the Bridge, HEATHENzine, Idunna, Marklander, Asynjur and PanGaia.

I also was editor/publisher of the Nine Virtues News in its print incarnation, which ran weekly for a while.

Contact me at: Nissa Annakindt PO Box 95 Wallace, MI 49893 USA

"My strength is the strength of ten, because my heart is pure."

Friday, May 27, 2005

National Sex Offender Registry

The link above will take you to the National Sex Offender Registry. You can use this to see if any one in your neighborhood is a convicted offender. I used the Wisconsin state Sex Offender Registry to look up an ex-in-law of a family member that we heard had been convicted of molesting a step-daughter. He was in the registry with a recent color picture.

This is a useful tool for churches and volunteer groups, who can check out prospective Sunday School teachers and others who will work with children. The pictures really help because there are a lot of people with the same names.

One shouldn't be too confident though, there are uncaught offenders. Also, an offender may be able to convince you he was wrongfully convicted even when it isn't true.

There are wrongful convictions in sex cases, and we do need to show kindness even to the guilty. But no one on the sex offender registry should be working with children; they also should not be in certain positions of responsibility--- such as ministers and church elders. The offender must obey the laws of his state on contact with children--- he will get in trouble if he doesn't. Even sex offenders who will never harm anyone again need to obey these rules--- if only to set a good example to others.

Our society must find a way to deal with the sex offenders--- where should they live? What work should they do? What sorts of volunteer work might they be allowed to do if they want to start giving back to society? Perhaps we should have a sort of 'assisted living center' for sex offenders so they would have a certain amount of supervision, and aid in finding acceptable jobs and other activities.