Outed on Social Media

By Sona . . . I am a therapist treating sex offenders on probation and parole. I have a client who recently tearfully told me that several people are posting his registration photo and information on Facebook and harassing him in this way. He is not allowed on social media and cannot respond to this harassment. Friends have told him about the posts and I was able to find one of them fairly easily. I’ve been thinking about ways I can intervene but so far every idea I have is loaded with potential hazards.

  1. Against the law [ harrassment] . What a joke, I am on the registry ,have been since the beginning, I am constantly harassed by a jerk who gets away with it because (LAPD) let’s him get away it regardless of how many incidents have taken place( to date 14 incidents)

    1. I don’t get much harassment because my country is still in the process of making a public registry but if I have needed help from the police a couple of times since 2000 when I was charged for having an underage girlfriend in the 90’s (when I was 18). If it’s a two-party dispute type of thing, police either pretend that person did nothing wrong but I have, or whatever I am complaining about didn’t happen. I had my fence kicked in by drunken/addict neighbour and 2 officers were looking right at the fence with dents, nails come out from the force etc and looked me in the eyes and told me they don’t see anything, and then went on to say they have ‘actual crimes to solve’. I got hit by a car too, a neighbour who was drunk deliberately reversed his car into me and then assaulted me, but what happened with that? I was arrested and charged with assault. It’s been pretty bad for the last almost 2-decades but when they make the registry public it’s going to be so much worse.

  2. I’d start by publicly responding to these people in the actual Facebook thread and ask how many of them have skeletons that they wouldn’t want anyone to know about.
    How many of the men have ever brushed up against a woman ON PURPOSE at a night club or tried to get a woman drunk enough to agree to go home with them?
    And how many women have ‘come on’ to men in the same fashion? I’ve been to plenty of night clubs and I’ve seen it all. And if these people were ever SEEN by someone in law enforcement, they’d all be singing the blues at the end of the day.
    Every person who is bad mouthing the guy on social media has skeletons and should probably shut up.

  3. In most states its against the law to do this… Although I can see “most states” not inforcing this law. It usually states on the Sex Offender Web Site it is illegal to harrass , etc

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