General public’s treatment of sex offenders is discriminatory

I invite you to take part in a little social experiment. Apply for a random job, or just tell a random person that you are a registered sex offender and see what their reaction is. Society is scared of sex offenders (see off-site article). News media have led average citizens to believe that all sex offenders are mindless stalkers of children who are poised to grab your child at any moment! This can’t be further from the truth if the sex offender’s disorder has been diagnosed and s/he is in quality treatment.

Left unchecked we believe lots of mental disorders can have varying degrees of consequences on society.

Lack of mental health screening and diagnosis in our society is becoming an apparent problem.

Let’s look at a recent non-sex crime: “Two N.Y. police officers slain in apparent retribution attack by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley“. This man Mr. Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley was completely unstable and even mentioned “putting wings on pigs” (killing cops) in an Instagram post. He ended up killing 3 people and shot his girlfriend in Baltimore just hours before. Then he turned his gun on himself on a nearby subway platform as cops closed in.

No Murderer Registry

Ok, so the state of Illinois has a Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Registry but Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley will not have to register now that he took his own life. The affect of this man’s actions on multiple families and victims is beyond belief.

Stop Discrimination and Start HELPING before people mentally break down.

I would much rather stop pointing the finger and blaming issues on people. I’d much rather see screenings at young ages to diagnose problems before people start shooting, raping, killing, molesting, drinking, doing methamphetamines/addictive behaviours. The list goes on! No one is perfect. Let’s start helping before we simply punish and discriminate.

Piano teacher drops pupil for being a registered sex offender

Piano keys close upI wanted to learn how to play the piano because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to learn, plus it’s a good productive outlet for me. So I signed up with a local pianist who teaches one-on-one lessons. Just a male teacher and a straight male adult student. During my first lesson I did mention that I was a convicted felon and left it at that.

A week later I was called by my piano teacher and was told that I will no longer be welcomed to learn piano at his home. He took it upon himself to not only look up my phone number, but also find out my full name and that I’m registered as a sex offender. During our phone conversation I asked him if he has ever done something that he regrets. Something that he wishes he never did or could take back. He admitted that he does… but still terminated our piano lessons together.

He went on to say that he teaches several small children. I asked him if he noticed what I did when the under-age pupil and mother came out of his home? I stayed in my car, waited until they walked over to his driveway and got into their car. I then proceeded to walk across his lawn, to his door where he was watching me. I do this as a registered sex offender all of the time for lots of reason, but mostly to make sure that NO ONE accuses me of anything. This is when he realized that I actually did this and that I was NOWHERE near his previous student and mother.

The ending was the same, I’m no longer his pupil/student.