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SexOffenders Shouldn’t Be Exposed or Listed In the Media

Oneof the major issues that have resulted in a heated debate over timeis how sex offenders should be punished when convicted. Differentapproaches have been identified as well as modification of the law,in order to cater for sex offenders. One of the channels that havebeen used to expose the sex offenders is the media, where theoffender’s cases are published, documented or even narrated throughthe various media channels. However, despite the media playing a keyrole in forming people, it has equally helped to keep away criminalssuch as sex offenders. This paper answers the question on whetherit’s fair for the sex offenders to be listed through the media.

Withreference to the American laws, justice is one of the aspects thatgovern the application of the law to all people in the countries. Itwouldn’t be fair to list all offenders in any media source. One ofthe negatives associated with exposing such victims includesvictimization by the larger community. Despite being convicted, thesex offenders may change to become better and productive people inthe society. However, serious cases should be documented and publicmade aware. This would act as a warning to future cases, andoffenders. According to the article (America’sUnjust Sex Laws),the author opposes the exposer of the names to the public, and onlyadvocates for specialized groups of people such as the police,schools etc.

Itwould not be hard to redesign America`s sex laws. Instead of lumpingall sex offenders together on the same list for life, states shouldassess each person individually and include only real threats.Instead of posting everything on the internet, names could be held bythe police, who would share them only with those, such as a school,who need to know (Illiberalpolitics nd).

Unitedstates are recognized as the country with the strictest sex-offenderlaws, and when an individual is convicted, he is imprisoned for along time, and when they are released, they are assigned to asex-offender registry. This in turn provides a well defined followup,and hence there becomes no need to list the offenders in the media.Additionally, by listing the offenders, his/her family may suffernegative psychologically, and in turn the listing should be avoided.Technology advancement has brought along a breakthrough in themonitoring of the former offenders, and with the introduction of theGP trackers, the states would be able to track any sex offender inthe public, in reducing the re-occurrence of the sex offense.Finally, the judicial system should make the punishment fit thecrime.

Accordingto statistics from the sex offender monitoring and the law in theUnited States, the reality shows that, 90% of offenses in a sexualcontext against children involves people who are known to the child,as well as either known to his or her family. Despite being a realoccurrence of the stranger victim incident, it would in turn be wisefor a family to take care of their own children even against theirinner trusted family friends and relatives. This in turn would makethe listing irrelevant to the public, because the person convictedwill be known to his/her family (Illiberal politics nd).

Inconclusion, exposing and listing of the sex offenders would be morenegative impacting than not listing them. One is to preventvictimization, as well as maintaining human rights of freedom.However, the documentation of the offenders should be exposed to theonly required departments such schools and police.


Illiberalpolitics. The economist America`sunjust sex laws. Retrieved on 27thApril 2015. From