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Colorado Drops the Term ‘Sex Offender,’ Calls It a ‘Negative’ Label


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Imagine not wanting to offend a convicted rapist over fear the term hurts his/her feelings.

The perpetrator commits a sexual crime against another human being, and officials worry about putting a negative label to describe the act.

It’s another example of normalizing crime and degenerate behavior in clown world.

And peak clown world is where the state of Colorado is heading right now.

On Friday, the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) voted to ease the language used to refer to sex offenders in their standards and guidelines.

The board voted 10-6 to change ‘sex offenders’ to something with “person-first” language.

The language change only applies to the SOMB standards, and ‘sex offender’ will remain in use for the criminal justice system.

Victims of sex offenders have taken a hard stance against this insanity to normalize criminal behavior.

And they took notice of the slippery slope this normalization of sexual deviancy leads for society.

 

While the board voted to change the language to “adults who commit sexual offenses,” some want a term less ‘offensive.’

Denver (CBS4) reported:

The way sex offenders are labeled is changing in Colorado. The board that sets state standards voted today to change the term “sex offenders” to reflect so-called “person-first” language.

The Sex Offender Management Board, which is made up of everyone from public defenders to prosecutors, sets standards and guidelines for treatment providers so the new terminology will only be used in that context. It doesn’t change the term sex offender in law or the criminal justice system but some worry it’s a step in that direction.

“I’m involved today after hearing that it would be improper or offensive in some manner for me to refer to the man who raped me, as a sex offender.”

A rape survivor, Kimberly Corbin is among those who spoke out against changing the term sex offender to something less stigmatizing, saying labels based on traits people can’t control is one thing, “It’s very, very damaging for those who people who are labeled when it has to do with gender, race, sexuality, ability, but those are not their choices, the biggest thing for me is these are choices that sex offenders make.”

Derek Logue says he shouldn’t have to carry the label for life, “Referring to me by a label for something I did half my life ago is inappropriate and downright offensive.”

He argued “client” would be a better term.

Public Defender Kathy Heffron agreed, “It takes into consideration the uniqueness of individuals who are receiving treatment.”

The Post Millennial shared additional comments from Heffron and others:

Public defender Kathy Heffron said:

“I think this strikes a balance that honors the impact to victims and recognizes the current and ongoing impacts of sexual assault but also avoids the labelling term that has negative impacts on those who commit sex offenses.”

SOMB member Carl Blake said that language in the committees he’s been on seems to be the most supported of the options provided. “It highlights the active reason why someone is in treatment, and it doesn’t assume the behavior is over.”

Victims advocates, therapists, law enforcement that SOMB member Jessica Dotter said she has spoken with, along with all of the district attorneys she represents, are “not in favor” of replacing the traditional sex offender term.

The changes to the definition aren’t final, and the public will debate the matter in the coming days.

Before the board meets again in December, there’s a 20-day comment period for the public to voice their opinions.



 

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