New NARSOL project: Lives on the registry

By Mark . . . Chances are, you’ve heard a story or two about someone struggling as a veteran, but have you heard the story of one of the 1 million people listed on a sexual offence registry? Probably not. The popular belief is that these registrants are a) uncommon and b) monsters who will reoffend, but the truth is that they are neither. You haven’t been told the truth, and I’m excited to be part of a team of volunteers at the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) working to change that. We tell stories, both in written and video form, with video interviews, whiteboard-narrated stories, and Zoom interviews.

It’s not easy to talk about the consequences of being convicted of a sexual offense with candor and depth, and yet that’s what Christopher P did. Please watch and share. I was inspired by the story of Paul Hanley who faced his demons and came out the other side stronger and a leader. I was very proud to narrate Richard’s story (name has been changed) in this whiteboard video as he works to move on with his life and also bring a new life into this world.

Even more stories are being produced as I write this and you’ll want to go to our YouTube channel, like it, and subscribe to it to hear more. These stories will help you understand why NARSOL and other advocacy groups are fighting for change and why ignoring the stories of people on registries does a disservice to society.

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