Colorado Officials Want To Change ‘Sex Offender’ Term Because Of Negative Impact It Has On Sex Offenders

Colorado Officials Want To Change ‘Sex Offender’ Term Because Of Negative Impact It Has On Sex Offenders

If you weren’t already convinced that liberalism is a mental disorder, then perhaps this news bit about Colorado officials wanting to drop the term “sex offender” because of the negative impact it allegedly has on actual sex offenders will help give you a push over the edge.

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Apparently, the Colorado Sex Offender Management Board, SOMB for short, voted last Friday to toss out the phrase. The board voted 10-6 to use the term “adults who commit sexual offenses” in its Standards and Guidelines for the Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment and Behavioral Monitoring of Adult Sex Offenders.

Boy, isn’t that just like the government? Take something simple, like a phrase that’s two words, and make it bigger and more complicated.

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“The language change applies only to the SOMB Standards; the term ‘sex offender’ will continue to be used in Colorado statute and the criminal justice system, including courts, law enforcement and the Colorado Sex Offender Registry. The name of the SOMB itself will also remain unchanged,” the board went on to say in a written statement, according to a report from The Post Millennial.

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“The board is responsible for treating, managing and monitoring adult sex offenders in the state. Friday’s meeting went over a list of five new possible terms, focusing on ‘person-first language,’ before the board voted to use the pick,” the site stated.

“I think the biggest thing is research really shows us that assigning a label has the potential for negative effects in rehabilitation,” Kimberly Kline, who serves as a licensed counselor and chair of the board, remarked according to a news story published by the Denver Post.

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“If we’re talking about how someone speaks about themself … that can increase risk,” Kline then added. “Ultimately it is victim-centered if we’re reducing risk.”

via Daily Wire:

According to CBS 4 Denver, rape survivor Kimberly Corbin spoke at the public in opposition of the language change, saying, “It’s very, very damaging for those who people who are labeled when it has to do with gender, race, sexuality, ability, but those are not their choices, the biggest thing for me is these are choices that sex offenders make.”

“I’m involved today after hearing that it would be improper or offensive in some manner for me to refer to the man who raped me, as a sex offender,” she commented.

But public defender Kathy Heffron told the board that the new language works. “I think this strikes a balance that honors the impact to victims and recognizes the current and ongoing impacts of sexual assault but also avoids the labelling term that has negative impacts on those who commit sex offenses,” she said.

And Derek Logue said he should not have to carry the label for life, saying, “referring to me by a label for something I did half my life ago is inappropriate and downright offensive.”

One member of the SOMB board, Carl Blake, went on to stated that the new language found plenty of support in committees. “It highlights the active reason why someone is in treatment, and it doesn’t assume the behavior is over,” he stated.

“Victims advocates, therapists, law enforcement that I’ve spoken with, along with all of the DAs I represent, are not in favor of replacing this term,” SOMB member Jessica Dotter went on to say.

According to a report from FOX31, the new language has not been made final yet. There is currently a 20-day comment phase underway. The board is scheduled to meet again in December.