Women Against Registry Dropping Jaws in DC
“The people in the studio literally dropped their jaws as I spoke,” Vicki Henry told me after her hour-long interview on the In Our Voices radio program on WPFW here in DC. “It had never occurred to any of them to consider the millions of innocent children and female relatives whose lives are ruined because of the public sex offender registry.”
Vicki Henry is a retired telephone company employee who co-founded Women Against Registry when a close relative of hers, who had completed a punishment already excessive for an Internet charge, then became all but homeless and unemployable–not because of his criminal history, but because of the registry.
In her interview Vicki talked about some of the many juvenile victims being swept up in the sex offender hysteria, including closely-aged “Romeo & Juliet” couples sent to prison when the parents find out, and about the vigilante justice victims such as an elderly sex offender who was murdered on his doorstep along with his wife by someone who had found his address on the public registry.
“The sex offender registry began in the 1940s in California as a way to register and track homosexuals,” Vicki told Nkenge Toure, the host of In Our Voices. (See the full story of how the gangster convict registration laws in the ’30s in Los Angeles became a homosexual trafficking tactic.)
Vicki has been an outstanding advocate for dispelling the myths and assumptions most people believe about sex offenders and the public registry. You can find out more about WAR at https://www.womenagainstregistry.org. I encourage you to listen to the interview at http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/programming/archived-shows. It’s the Wednesday, May 7 10:00am broadcast of In Our Voices.