Few crimes bring out more fear and loathing than sex offenses. Convicted sex offenders are the most hated members of society. Public perception of those labeled as "sex offenders" continues to prompt lawmakers to pass harsher laws against this perceived evil group of people. But what the general public does not realize is that current laws are NOT protecting society. In fact, research shows that current laws are actually putting the public at risk. Current laws are based on hysteria and myths. We are here to provide educational information about the truth behind this hysteria and the "stranger danger" myth gripping this nation with fear and ruining the lives of many people who are not the monsters we have been led to believe.
Over time, harsh laws have been passed to further restrict sex offenders by implementing residency restrictions, monitoring, community notification, and much more. Other crimes have been added to the category of "sex offenses" that go far beyond rape or child molestation. Existing laws encompass a wide range of offenders and require the exact same resources be used for both violent, dangerous offenders and those whose offenses were neither violent, forced, or dangerous.
The mission of Illinois Voices is education, based on current research, of sex offender laws and the harsh reality of the consequences of these laws. We support the prevention of sexual abuse and believe education is key to preventing future crimes. We believe that laws which will truly benefit the safety of our children, and society in general, must differentiate between those who are dangerous, repeat offenders and those who are not. Current laws, as structured, are not keeping our children safe. They are, in fact, costing the taxpayer millions of dollars to prosecute, monitor, incarcerate, and severely punish many individuals who are of no danger to children, society, or the communities in which they live.