Sex Crime Essay

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Sex Crimes

“People are inclined to think that a sex offender is a sex offender – that they commit one type of crime (Okada.p.190).”

Sex offenses receive an inordinate amount of special attention from the public as well as the criminal justice system. Is this because our system is a static reflection of the society/community they answer to? Sexual offense stories infiltrate every membrane of our society, from legal mores to norms, from social media to religion. Our system of justice can’t help but deliver attention to this area. Justice demands it and society needs it for interpersonal validation. The Criminal Justice system has given humans a scale to rate what is normal and what is deviant. Our text (Okada. p.182) shares that
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Registration as a sex offender under Penal Code 290 PC (known as the Sex Offender Registration Act) is, perhaps, one of the most devastating penalties you face if convicted of a California sex offense. California Senate Bill (SB) 384 created a three-tiered sex registration system the no longer requires lifetime registration for most offenses:
1. Tier one requires registration as a sex offender for at least ten (10) years. This is for people convicted of the lowest level sex offenses including misdemeanor sexual battery or indecent exposure.
2. Tier two requires registration as a sex offender for at least twenty (20) years. This is for people convicted of mid-level sex offenses including lewdness with minor under 14, and non-forced sodomy with a minor under 14 years old.
3. Tier three requires lifetime registration as a sex offender. This is for people convicted of the most serious sex offenses including rape (in most cases), lewdness with a minor by force or fear, sex trafficking children, sex crimes against children 10 and younger, and repeated sex crimes.

It is so important to note that the tier one could include a person that is convicted of indecent exposure. This can be as little as urinating in public. Is this a sexual act as defined or is probable a drunk or homeless person out on the streets?
Misguided laws are compounded by media outlets use of the very words regarding sex offenses. I found an interesting study by the National Center For Reason
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