Sex Offenders' Register

By Symon Hill
April 22, 2010

Symon Hill, co-director of the religion and society thinktank Ekklesia, commented on the Supreme Court's ruling that people listed on the Sex Offenders' Register should have the possibility of review, rather than automatically being kept on the Register for life:

“It would be dangerously naïve to imagine that every sex offender will repent and change. But it would be equally simplistic and damaging to assume that none ever can or will.

“When we look at the horrific case of an eleven-year-old boy raping another child, we need to ask what sort of society we have produced. One of our first questions must be, How can we prevent further sex offences?

“If we are to tackle and reduce sex crime, we must hold out the possibility that a child who committed rape at the age of eleven can come to a position of genuine remorse and a reformed life. The chances of this individual ever living as a morally responsible adult, the chances of him integrating into society and not re-offending, may well be damaged by demanding that his name remains on the Sex Offenders' Register, with permanent denial of review, for the rest of his life, for something he did as a child."

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