Sex Offender Registry is the Modern Day Scarlet Letter

Maybe you have heard of the book The Scarlet Letter. It was one of the first mass-produced books in America. Its considered to be a masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. It’s a tail about sin, guilt, and redemption. It’s currently at number 16 of the 100 best novels. The story takes place in the 17th-century town of Boston where a mistake forces her to wear a scarlet letter on her chest as a punishment.

Let’s fast forward a long time to 2015!  Where there is a MODERN DAY scarlet letter called a sex offender registry. This visible  scarlet letter isn’t secluded to a small Boston town for only locals to see embroidered on her chest. This public humiliation  is posted for the entire world to see on the “World Wide Web”. Entire countries can now discriminate against sex offenders and actually keep them out or revoke privileges to vacation there.

Humanity hasn’t progressed all that much. If anything, we have only gotten worse. And you would think that  this book being read so much by so many would actually help against discrimination. Like people would be smart enough to put A and B together and come up with the same conclusion after reading that book. Its ironic to me that people don’t.

Distinct disadvantage of having a unique last name on the sex offender registration

There is a distinct disadvantage of having a unique last names and being a registered sex offender. Google a name like John Smith and you’ll find results about an soldier/explorer plus lots of other results. None of them having to do with a registered sex offender. Google a unique name and suddenly the results are quite different. You’ll find them on the first page of SERP (search engine results page).

You manually have to type in “John Smith registered sex offender” to see results come up. Suddenly you are flooded with results from New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Florida and other states.

It’s hard enough to have this “Scarlet Letter” of a sex offense. I’m not trying to hide from my past. I think it would be a little easier to tell people about my offense than to prejudge me by googling me without getting to know who I am today.