I had a conversation recently with an attorney about our registrant and families issues. During the conversation about sex offenders, registry laws and restrictions I asked if he ever did any probono work for registrants. I posed the question because many times the calls to our Registrants and Families of Registrants support line are requests for legal help with a current or past situation. Since we are an all volunteer organization there are no legal resources. His answer was one that totally surprised me. But, the longer I thought about it and the longer I am in this advocacy the more I understand. His reply was, “No, I don’t any longer because the people are ‘unappreciative’ for the assistance.” So just a suggestion if an attorney agrees to help with your situation and does so, please be grateful and express it genuinely and frequently. From an advocacy perspective I have to say if you look to an advocacy groups for help, support or affiliation please don’t just benefit from the help, accept the support or affiliate, but get involved and get others to do the same. Pick up a candle, light it and share your light with others and on our advocacy.
There are many opportunities and millions are impacted. Encourage friends and advocates alike to get involved. The registry has been around for many years and the impact to our families is mounting every day. Can we count on you?