Sex offender legislation: Myths and realities

I have been communicating with the author from the following article concerning Bill C-23B as we are both opposed to the legislation as well as the conservative’s tough on crime agenda.

And Happy Holidays to everyone. Stay safe!
By Steven Yoon, Special to the Sun December 23, 2010

Sexual offending: It’s a topic that engenders intense emotions and considerable misinformation. The Conservative government is depending upon both as it attempts to garner public support by advancing its “tough on crime” agenda. If Canadians truly want to make society safer, it’s essential that our laws are based upon evidence amassed from reliable sources over the past decade.

It’s not a simple task to disregard one’s firmly entrenched beliefs, but that’s what we’re asking readers to do now. Please suspend your opinions for just a moment, read the rest of this commentary and then, after verifying the information we present, decide for yourselves. When was the last time a politician asked you to do the same?

The government has introduced two pieces of legislation that will affect the way in which former offenders are treated. Bill S-2: Protecting Victims from Sex Offenders Act will substantially increase restrictions on former sex offenders. The government says such changes are necessary to ensure public safety. The privacy commissioner of Canada, however, has concluded that, although sex-offender registries have been operational for almost 10 years, “There is little evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of registries in reducing sexual crimes or helping investigators to solve them.”

This is not surprising, since the government disregards research that proves the registries are not, and will not, be effective. About 95 per cent of sexual offences are committed by first-time offenders (those not on any registry); and the vast majority of those individuals on the registries never commit another crime. (The U.S. Department of Justice reported that only five per cent of sex offenders released in 1994 returned to prison for a new sex crime.)

On June 10, a 17-year-old boy from western Manitoba was convicted of sexual assault for having consensual sex with a 13-year-old during a game of Truth or Dare. If Bill S-2 comes into force, and inclusion is automatic, this boy will be placed on the Sex Offender Registry. The Conservatives would have you believe that the inclusion of this boy on the registry is essential to their goal of “protecting society.”

Bill C-23B: Eliminating Pardons for Serious Crimes Act arose from the fact that a single individual, Graham James, the hockey coach convicted of sexually abusing two of his players, received a pardon three years ago. A pardon ensures that a sexual offender’s criminal record doesn’t show up on checks of the Canadian Police Information Centre, unless the offender applies for a job involving children, the disabled or any vulnerable group of people. The National Parole Board has granted more than 400,000 pardons since 1970. Only four per cent of those pardons have been revoked, indicating that the majority of individuals granted a pardon went on to live as law-abiding citizens.

The government, however, wants former offenders to wait even longer before being eligible for a pardon — now, the waiting period is 10 years for an indictable sexual conviction to a minor — and wants to deny pardons outright for many of those who have offended sexually, even though research clearly indicates that former sex offenders have a far lower rate of re-offending than any other crime type.

The government also ignores research proving that thus obstructing the rehabilitation and reintegration of tens of thousands of Canadian citizens and their families may lead to increased recidivism.

If Bill C-23B passes, the 17-year-old Manitoba boy will never be eligible for a pardon.

Some federal politicians are depending upon society’s common misperceptions about sexual offences in order to advance their own political agenda.

It’s imperative that they not be allowed to continue in this course of action.

Steven Yoon is executive director of Canadians for a Just Society, a special-interest group that advocates evidence-based practices in developing legislation to prevent sexual offending and re-offending.

Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun


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Keith Richard Radford Jr / February 20, 2011

I remember living behind a church were Brian Lamb, and a bunch of these Cspan guys used too have a wood shop. At that place of residence my mom thought I needed an exorcist, after playing in the mud the way very young children will sometimes with my uncle who mixed a glass of this red clay in water and told me it was chocolate milk.

After drinking it as he would force me to do thing all the time like the time he made me cut off the limb I was sitting on and the device came out of my shoulder being more powerful and in control I broke out with ring worm all over my body and my mom told me it was writing that could not be understood so she had priests come in from the church.

I guess my Dad did not know that one of the people at the church was in line for being my new dad but that was not in the cards because I guess he felt I was in need of discipline after an accident in the wood shop. I had been check out on the band saw by my grandfather who was a millwright in Arkansas/Washington etc. and to do some jobs the blade shield had to be removed. Some kids came in and wanted to use the saw, then got mad that I wanted to warn them to put the guard on and they told me they owned it all and I was not to tell them anything, and after this head strong kid cut his thumb off the other kids said they would tell their fathers it was all my fault, but it was not.

I had a fever of well over a hundred and I was a bloody mess with the infection. The priests came in with outer guys and one had a camera. The priests would throw me across the room well the other snapped a picture. I would fall on furniture and the floor and they would tell me get on the bed, don’t get off the bed very loud and when I would crawl back on the bed they would pick me up and throw me over and over again well the other priest would snap another picture and this went on till one guy said we have enough picture and they left me in the blood, mud, and bedding, then my aunt came in with some save that was for ring worm.

She spread the save and kidded me about dying when the rings got to my heart. After getting well I went back to the wood shop and the guys had made me a special shield and gave me my sword which were both made of wood and I had to fight one of the guys in my shorts because I did not want to remove them and the other guy was naked (he know who he is). I was still not up too speed and lost the battle. They then called me the bad guy and this group was supposed to be my gate keeper or something like that appointed by the priests. My Dad did not like them much also but that did not matter much because someone at the church was going to be my new dad till he said no, my mom cried allot, my dad was gone, I healed up, but I still have a case.

Please know that there is nothing any of you can do to make what you and the rest of the ones involved can do to make this my fault. See at the time I was about seven years old. Since then the church has made an effort to kill me, to the extent of trying to pass laws to kill sex offenders.

Come on, keep it up, keep pushing laws that you as a group of very said individuals know have no value. Take me too court so I can own a network. I have met with your staff members in private since along with military personal and others.

Now lets note when this happened I was only a small child being thrown around a room like a rag doll by people that started all this clear back in the late fifty’s and the steering by very bad people that think abusing kids to make laws to stop abuse, Ha! these laws are bogus and the fact that they can not kill gays anymore does not justify the use of laws too kill someone set up by them to create some worthless set of laws by a fusion of church and state is wrong and realty designed by them to harm us all.

My case was pragmatic but more than that I know what was done and who was involved making vendetta laws that really have no bases in truth, and are based in lies.

Keith Richard Radford Jr

PSS don’t be cowards, let me know you received this e-mail through a response.

It’s time to communicate

S.M. / October 14, 2017

Because of this Bill, my one and only offence i ever committed by shear belief that who i was dating was of age, I am now never eligible for a pardon. even though i did my time plus probation, plus got put on a registry (witch is a punishment in itself), and took courses that actually taught me alot of things i would have never knew about laws regardless of that i can never get a pardon to ever get good employment, all cause i was lied to of a girl i dated was of age…


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