So this started as a comment on a Facebook post, but it got too damned long. Caution, my opinion on this matter is vehement and I am understating it here for the sake of politeness. I wrote this in response to this little gem.
Ugh. This is inflammatory writing, biased and without anything remotely resembling objective thought. Not all sex offenders are pedophiles. Most aren't. That is a common and terribly damaging assumption, often used to persecute not only the EX-offenders but their families. Why not pick on the pervert's family, too, huh? They deserve it for not abandoning the rapist, don't they? Why not deny that child molester a job, a place to live, a support system? After all they're all child-rapists anyway right? Right. None of them made a mistake, had sex as kids with other kids, peed in the bushes, or mistakenly thought they were at the nude beach that was actually a mile down the road. None of them had sex in the wrong position, had vindictive ex-family who framed them, were lied to about the age of their partner, took a photo of their kid in the bath because cute! and shared it with family, only to be told that's child pornography AND it crossed state lines.
You'd think, though, that given the assumption that ALL SEX OFFENDERS ARE CHILD MOLESTERS!!!!! the author would be DELIGHTED that so many of those awful offenders who are clearly NOT human or worthy of compassion are contained in one place rather than living with their tainted families in the community at large. Thank goodness we are free to judge them all the same without reservation and without actually having to KNOW the nature of their offense.
Also, FYI - I do not know a single person, NOT ONE, who wouldn't be considered a sex offender in the state of Redneck Central, which only recognizes missionary position marital sex as legal...everything else, ALL OF IT, is unlawful and a sex offense. Peeing outside is a sex offense. Living with a partner but unmarried? Unlawful. Gay? Living as partners? Holy cats, SO UNLAWFUL!!! That's right, not a single one of you who knows me IRL ISN'T an offender under the law. Think about that...
Yes, there are monsters out there. Yes there are drunk, stupid, unthinking horndogs who maybe could use learning a lesson. No, they aren't all alike and they aren't all dangerous and they aren't all stalking your childrenz all day long. Truth is, most of them are reeling from their experience and just want to try and live out their lives as quietly and inoffensively as possible. And yes, I think we should not only let them, but do our damndest as a society to help them instead of blocking them at every turn.
And before you tell me I have no idea what I'm talking about, I was molested by a serial offender when I was a child, and I know a couple of people who fall under the "I fucked up" label, so I get to look at this from both sides.
Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.