Sex Offender Laws and Wrongful Convictions Essay

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Sex Offender Laws and Wrongful Convictions The laws for sex offenders should be changed for many reasons. This is a very controversial subject, and tempers flare easily and often for good reason. Due to the plethora of opinions on this subject it is hard to determine what is right and what is wrong. The very same government sending teenagers to school together as a group and teaching them about safe sex is the same government that is bringing charges against them for practicing sex. Not only that but they are labeling them as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. How confusing this must be to the young people of America today. So many young people are finding this out the hard way by being accused of a sex offense for being…show more content…
Federal laws like the Adam Walsh Act and the Wetterling Act, which mandated long registration periods and the online posting of information including pictures and current addresses under the posting ‘Sex Offender and/or Crimes Against Children’, have resulted in a social stigma and humiliation for young people across America. Not to mention the cost of registration--fair for the true pedophile but not for the young person lacking a job or real place to call home. Our laws seem to have taken away the true threat to society, the grown adult that actually has sexual intercourse with children, the true predator. They are the true offenders and our young people are being grouped in with them and in many cases forcing our teenagers to live with them at times, consequently causing more emotional harm than has already been inflicted upon them. It’s time to separate the child sex offender from the children being accused of sex offending unreasonably. There are many stories of teenagers 15, 16, 17, just trying on young love for the first time. What should be happy memories can be turned to shame, and they don’t even have to have actual intercourse for it to be called a “sex offense.” Here are some examples of needed changes to our laws: Class-Action Appeal for 11,000 Registered Sex Offenders in Georgia As background, Georgia's General Assembly passed legislation in 2003 prohibiting persons on the state's sex offender registry from

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