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Tim


Last winter shelter season my eyes and heart opened up to the horrible plight of sex offenders living on the streets. Our street outreach team was called to find shelter for a man. He was […]

Tim

Last winter shelter season my eyes and heart opened up to the horrible plight of sex offenders living on the streets. Our street outreach team was called to find shelter for a man. He was a registered sex offender, so he wasn’t allowed to stay at the winter shelter. He had done everything right, reported to the police and the shelter workers. But there was no shelter that would allow him to stay.

No matter what you think of the crimes this man committed, he had served his debt to society and was adhering to the terms of his punishment. Still, finding housing – even emergency shelter – proved nearly impossible.

Up until that time, I had rather a hard stance on this subject. I thought sex offenders were dangerous, a threat to society. Who cares if they have to continue paying for their crime once their jail time is up? But one look into this man’s eyes gave me different point of view; he was so filled with hopelessness, so beaten down from trying to survive. It’s a difficult memory.

I met Tim in Cleveland, Ohio. He’s trying to make something of his life. But as a sex offender, it’s nearly impossible for him to find the help he needs.

I don’t know what Tim did to become a registered sex offender. But I believe an equally heinous crime might be our own society allowing people like him to suffer on the streets, sex offender or not.

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  • Jay

    Thanks for sheading light on this person and his struggle. I never looked at it from that pespective.

  • w8n4d1

    Im torn on this subject, I believe that this person has paid their debt to society but has he paid his debt to the child he violated who's life is forever altered? So, he offends again then what?

  • mother

    it depends what he did. If he offended a child, I have no mercy. Sorry.

  • mother

    It depends what he did. If he offended a child I have no mercy.

  • Alise

    Did he ever think about the fact that he has permenantly scarred someone's life? Why should he be free to go and live his life while someone has to deal with the results of his actions for the rest of their life?

  • http://www.facebook.com/guttermouth Eric

    Wish one of his wishes was he could take back what he did….

  • Guest

    If you do the crime, you have to do the time. Sexual abuse stays with the victim for their entire life, and I see no reason it shouldn't stay with the offender for his/her entire life, too.

    No sympathy here. If you don't want to be shunned from society, don't commit sexual crimes.

  • letrain

    I was just about to say the same…

  • Guest

    If you do the crime, you have to do the time. Sexual abuse stays with the victim for their entire life, and I see no reason it shouldn't stay with the offender for his/her entire life, too.

    No sympathy here. If you don't want to be shunned from society, don't commit sexual crimes.

  • letrain

    I was just about to say the same…

  • Omowale Alamin

    The real problem is with our Politicians,they will abuse anyone to secure their own careers. When they claim to be tough on crime in order to win election they pass laws that are unfair to some and not very practical. How can a hopeless man wondering the streets of America make for a safer society?

  • WOLF – THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF

    There are times when the punishment FITS the crime this is a case in point. This man brutalised someone to become a registered sex offender with a 25 year sentence. Come on let’s be real here society does not give out 25 year sentences for indecent exposure. This guy had you done something really terrible sexually to get a 25 year sentence.

    His victim(s) IF they are still even alive will suffer from his actions the rest of their lives. Being given a 25 year sentence means he might have killed one or more of his victims. This is a man I feel nothing for at all. If anything I think he is damn lucky to be alive and on the streets. This man deserves NOTHING!

    I would help drug addicts and alcoholics get off the streets before helping this monster. There is nothing and no one more beneath contempt than one who abuses others sexually. I thank God every single day that men like this sexual predator are on the streets and suffering. I have compassion for most people but none for sexual predators. If I had three wishes one of them would surely be that this guy and all sexual predators end their lives either in prison or in some dark nasty cold wet disgusting trash filled alley with only rats, mice, lice, ticks, worms, bed bugs and pigeons as company.

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