Legal challenge to strike down PA’s Registry given a green light

Commonwealth v. Torsilieri Update 1/15/21 The fate of the public sex offender registry in PA will be determined sometime this year or next. Either defendant Torsilieri’s challenge will again reach the Supreme Court of PA, or the Commonwealth will be able to convince lower judges of their argument. (For a history of this momentous case and its significant delay, please…

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A good idea gone bad: How the PA Senate sabotaged the sexual abuse prevention plan

By Randall Hayes In September 2019, the increasingly prevalent and in-demand problem of online images of child sexual abuse (CSA) or “child pornography” rocked the Senate of Pennsylvania in a big way. The influential Chairman of the State Government Committee, Senator Mike Folmer, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography after uploading an image of an underage female…

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PARSOL joins others in signing letter against Patch “red dot” maps.

PARSOL joined other national and state reform organizations, researchers, treatment providers, and sexual abuse prevention experts in signing a letter calling for news organizations, particularly Patch, to stop publishing “red dot” maps that identify the homes of persons on public registries.  News outlets such as Patch claim they are doing a public service, when in fact the publication of this…

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Fed. Dept. of Justice wants to dictate State laws. Comments needed

NOTICE: The last day to comment is October 13th Hi All, We need people to visit the Federal Register website today and submit comments on a rule change to the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). From out Legislative Director: I have read over the proposed rule change to the SORNA Legislation (28 CFR 72). Please find my explanation on what…

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Unwilling Advocates

Reprinted with permission from David Garlock: Monster. Pedophile. Predator. These are the words society uses to define people who have been convicted of a sex offense – words that create their own life sentence, intended to permanently isolate and condemn, and imply an inability to change. But I have found these words to be inaccurate descriptors and damaging to our…

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Fearless Support Meetings

Fearless support meetings are free and take place on the second Sat of each month. They run from 4:00-5:30 and are open to anyone who is affected by PA’s registry (this includes registrants, family, and friends). We aim to create a safe environment free from law enforcement or treatment professionals. This is a place to vent and connect with people…

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