Banning Internet Access Violates Sex Offenders’ Rights Many take issue with the expansive reach of prohibitions against sex offenders. The American Civil Liberties Union(ACLU) filed a lawsuit to block enforcement of a state law in Louisiana aimed at protecting children. The law limited sex offender’s use of the Internet by prohibiting “using or accessing social networking websites, chat rooms and peer-to-peer networks.” Even though the law included a stipulation narrowing the scope of registered sex offenders to those connected with crimes involving children, the language of the law was overly broad and infringed upon the sex offenders’ constitutional rights. Essentially, ACLU argued the law made it illegal for sex offenders to access the Internet. Even sites like CNN and ESPN allow communication between users in a commentary section, thus potentially falling under either the peer-to-peer or social networking categories of restricted areas. The ACLU supports attempts to protect children from those who would do harm, but believes this type of law is unreasonable. In addition to potentially violating constitutional rights, such laws may have an unintended side effect: increased recidivism. Research supports that rehabilitation is most successful when sex offenders are integrated into the community. Instead, these laws may isolate these individuals and increase the risk for repeat offenses. The Louisiana legislation outlines just one of the many social stigmas tied to registration as a sex offender. If you or a loved one is charged with a sex crime, it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced sexual assault defense lawyer to protect your legal rights. Article provided by Paoletti & Gusmano, Attorneys at Law.
Many really struggle with the fact that they aren’t in a position to be too choosy. American author Lori Gottlieb gives a painfully honest account of that process in her book Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr Good Enough.
”Maybe we need to get over ourselves,” she writes. The 40-year-old single mother enlisted a team of advisers who helped her realise that while she was conducting her long search for the perfect man – Prince Charming or nobody – her market value had dropped through the floor.
”Our generation of women is constantly told to have high self-esteem, but it seems that the women themselves are at risk of ego-tripping themselves out of romantic connection,” she writes. She acknowledges she made a mistake not looking for a spouse in her 20s, when she was at her most desirable. She advises thirtysomething women to look for Mr Good Enough before they have even less choice. ”They are with an ‘8’ but they want a ’10’. But then suddenly they’re 40 and can only get a ‘5’!”
Women delaying their search for a serious relationship have set up a very different dating and marriage market. The Sydney barrister, Jamie, finds himself spoilt for choice. Like many of his friends he’s finding women actively pursuing him, asking him out, cooking him elaborate meals, buying him presents. ”Oh, you’re a barrister,” they say.
While many of his mates are playing the field, determined to enjoy this unexpected attention, Jamie is ready to settle down. He’s very wary of Sex and the City types, women who are convinced they are so special, but he’s confident he will soon find someone with her feet on the ground.
”I’m lucky,” he says, ”to be in a buyer’s market.”