How Metaphors Kill / Douard

The public tends to view sex offenders as monsters, and the law reflects that dehumanizing metaphor. At our 2016 conference in Atlanta, Mr. Douard explained how the monster metaphor points in the direction of Draconian recidivism prevention strategies, such as registration and civil commitment laws, rather than utilizing more humane and effective public health strategies that seek to protect society while also protecting the rights of sex offenders.

7 comments for “How Metaphors Kill / Douard

  1. Rajendra
    December 22, 2016 at 2:04 am

    The Congress just approved a bill to microchip mentally ill Americans. Looking at how quickly President Obama signed the International Megan’s law, and with very few days left in office, Obama is very likely to sign this bill into law.
    Again it’s all about setting the precedence and the registered citizens may also be included under those “mentally ill”.

  2. Jo
    December 21, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Dear Maestro,
    I, too, agree that the messages need to be delivered to legislators, prosecutors, and police departments. This is why I am engaging in a personal “letter writing” campaign to my own state capital. They (regulators) can’t go on painting everybody with the same paintbrush. It is social injustice!!!!!

  3. Maestro
    December 20, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Who are the people in the audiences at these conferences? Is it just made up of RSO’s and their friends/families? If so, then these conferences are only preaching to the choir. These types of conferences need to be brought before the state/ local officials and the general public who need to be told that all sex offenses ARE different.

    • Fred
      December 20, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      These conferences are educational and training seminars for RSOs, their families or anyone else who cares. They are not preaching sessions. They give educational material to share with the public and points to fight with when we take our cases to our state officials. Being armed with knowledge that is backed up by the experts is better than pulling untested rhetoric out of your hat.

      What do you feel should be done instead, if training and educating people involved in our fight is not up to your standards?

    • Rajendra
      December 21, 2016 at 5:23 am

      Unfortunately, vast majority, if not all, have already made up their mind about “Sex offenders” and thus are not willing to listen anything humanizing about the topic. If majority of the population have their way, they would put sex offenders in concentration camps. I regularly post facts about the topic in public forums/comments, and easily get backlash and discouragement.

      • Joe- RSO
        December 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

        Our biggest challenge is changing the hearts and minds of the people (john Q Public) as they elect the very officials who make the laws. That is why this is so difficult.
        Politicians are afraid to speak out against the draconian registry laws since the electorate would likely vote them out.
        Changing the minds of the voters is the toughest challenge in the media cycle we live in but the only way to effect change. We must trudge onwards.

        How do we keep the conversation going, involve treatment advocates and educate the public that we are not the pariahs that the public has been led to believe that we are?

        And am I part of the problem or part of the solution?

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