Seeking Registered Humans! Tell Your Story!

By Brenda….

NARSOL is proud to announce a new project: Registered Humans.

As advocates, we are daily faced with stereotypes of “sex offender” that are completely inadequate to show the broad range of persons who are required to register. These stereotypes create monsters instead of flawed human beings trying to turn their lives around. This flawed public opinion is at the root of our flawed laws and also creates huge challenges for persons on the registry, who often feel hopeless and alone.

Registered Humans is an opportunity for persons who are on the registry to show their better side — their humanity — and share how they have built new lives for themselves, found support, and overcome many hurdles.

We encourage people on the registry from all walks of life who have been offense free for a year or more to participate in the Registered Humans project by writing a short “snapshot” of their life: the contribution they make to society; their family life; what brings them happiness now; and their accomplishments, hopes and dreams. Our goal is to provide encouragement to other registrants and break the stereotypes that hold registrants down. We hope such stories will help outside readers see who people on the registry really are and at the same time help other registrants who might benefit from their journey and vision for the future.

We will screen and post the stories that seem to most advance the goals of the project. All stories must include either a full or partial true name and a candid photo. The reason for this is that we are hoping this will be just phase one of the Registered Humans project. Phase two would involve creating video vignettes which are used as public service announcements.

To learn more or to share your story, please go to humans.narsol.org.

9 comments for “Seeking Registered Humans! Tell Your Story!

  1. Thomas Darby
    June 23, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    What if my life and health have been totally destroyed by prison and the registry? That I see no hope of returning to the well-liked, respected tour bus driver I had been for years? All this for crimes that were comparatively minor. My ex-wife continues to harass me, ruining my chances to get help, 20 years later; my own son, now 43, calls me a P.O.S. on Facebook. I have tried to just survive, from homelessness to living in a 35-year-old non-running RV with no heat, hot water, or even a toilet.My income from disability equals about $4.58 an hour. Yes, I committed the crimes. But I did the time. At 65 and ill, I can’t get public housing or help with my situation. I’m not a murderer, never robbed anyone, led a decent life. But I am a leper because I’m a sex offender! –so, do you want REAL stories??

    • sandy
      June 23, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      We are sorry for the troubles you face, and certainly our fight is for the civil rights of all persons facing such hardships long after their sentences are complete. We encourage you to share your story on our Tales from the Registry blog. (http://www.talesfromtheregistry.org/) This is where folks can point out their personal – or national! – grievances with public registries and with other draconian laws.

      With “Humans” we are taking a different tack. There ARE people who have found a way forward in spite of these hardships. They are an inspiration to others that all hope is NOT lost after a sexual offense conviction. These folks have managed to contribute meaningfully to their communities and rebuild their lives, breaking the stereotypes society has.

      We hope they will mention the hurdles they have faced and continue to face, but more importantly, we want to show the world that they are “regular folks” anyone would be proud to know – not monsters.

      Hope that helps to clarify what Registered Humans is about!

  2. BOHICA in CT.
    June 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    A very interesting Project. However, will it be brought before the one’s who can implement change? Will it be actually received by those in high places, and those who have not committed this crime and see the injustice being brought to bear upon us? Sadly I don’t believe it will. I also recognize the fact that change comes -s-l-o-w-l-y in this area. With People like Justice Alito purposely spreading fear, hate and purposely misrepresenting the stats, the system will continue its witch hunt will unrestrained abandon. I have 8 years left on the registry, and it seems an eternity away.

  3. NH Registrant
    June 21, 2017 at 3:20 am

    A partial name and a photo eliminates my participation, sadly. I live in a small town area and there are far too many possibilities for repercussions when telling my story of how a set of ambitious people planted evidence in my case and got away with it. Those very people have ascended to leadership roles in each of their fields and I’m not the only person who they did it to. They have this area sewn up through ignorance and fear-mongering. So, putting my story with my name and my picture would be putting an even bigger target on my back and my family’s backs.

  4. RP
    June 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

    It takes away from the other side the ability to paint registrants in whatever way they want without challenge.

    It gives registrants a way to speak for themselves and about themselves. If supported and nurtured this has massive potential.

  5. Jeremy Heady
    June 19, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I would like to see some research on this to see if its benefits outweigh the costs. By putting a name and picture on the story, it could just give the haters another way to find out about our status online. While I appreciate the goal of NARSOL in this program, I feel that it has too much potential to be misused.

    I have stated before in comments here that I firmly believe that the majority of people could care less about us or our struggles. The few that pretend to care seem to only care about the registrants with the lesser offenses. Of course, there are those with someone they know and love on the registry which changes their perceptions. This is why I advocate for pushing the facts that registration and shaming are harmful to society as a whole. I could be wrong though.

    • Raj
      June 20, 2017 at 6:12 am

      Many people do not know and care, however, by humanizing the labeled citizens, people may see that they are not monsters that media likes to portray. we all make mistakes and many in the registry are there for minor offenses.

  6. Tim L
    June 19, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Not merely registered, but more truly indentured to state machines and their maintenance!
    These are the realities of servitude to machines!

  7. Trish
    June 18, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Of course this is necessary! People do nothing but continually judge! So they do not care that it is unjust to expect people to exasperate themselves to prove an ex offender is just that…an ex offender! People who are self righteous always want others to prove the impossible! You can tell all about you but if people want to devalue you. Asked on what they feel is good enough! This a problem of the law for it is this institution that sets the guidelines and basis for society to follow! The bottom line is the law never had a right to open the door of bias prejudice through public registry! End of story! Ex criminals will never be treated fairly unless the letter of the law protects and governs properly toward all citizens! The end! Thanks!

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