originally posted 6/11/2009
I am the wife of a registered sex offender in (a southern state). My husband’s offense occurred 25 years ago when he was 18 in another with a 15 year old minor. His offense is not even illegal in this state due to age of consent as defined under this state`s laws; yet he is required to register as a lifetime registrant in our state, the classification reserved for the most serious offenders.
Of course, we have endured very many negative consequences over the years due to the registry. We lost our home of over 10 years due to residency restrictions and now our state has passed a sweeping law that prohibits registered sex offenders from being on schools grounds. We have two school age children.
For over 15 years, we have silently endured the humiliation and consequences of these sweeping laws; now our days of silence are over. I came across your website and I’m interested in knowing more about how I can be involved to impact the laws and public perception in my state. Admittedly, I am nervous about taking action, but I know it is necessary. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.