Wednesday, March 08, 2006
An Amazing Website
So this website is just amazing. Enter your address, city, state and zip code and a map will appear that will show you if & where there are registered sex offenders living near you. There is a color-coded legend that shows you what type of offender they are. What's really creepy is if you click on a colored square, it will pull up the person's mug shot, name, offense and where they live! You can also sign up to be alerted as to when a sex offender moves near you. Good to know!
I do realize that most sex offenders are never charged, much less convicted, but it does tell you a LOT about your neighborhood if there are more convicted rapists on your street than guys without a rap sheet.
On the other hand, knowing that there's even one or two (or twenty) in your neighborhood who were convicted is enough to make you less complacent and more vigilant.
Sam - what kind of therapy have you been to about your horrible experiences? Did it play a part in why you when into psychology yourself?
First, Marian took me to a priest who said nothing ever happened to me because I was too calm about it.
I had a great therapist in Jackson who helped me work through a lot of stuff, including getting out of the marriage I found myself trapped in because it never ocurred to me that I had the option of saying "no."
The books The Courage to Heal and Stories I never told were invaluable, too.
And, yes, that's why I want to work with abused children. I worked as a psych tech at an adolescent A&D tx center for a while - loved the work, but techs don't make a living wage. When the idea first ocurred to me, I thought I was too screwed up to qualify. Then, after a day when all our dental patients had unloaded all their woes on me, I jokingly mentioned it to my psychologist, and he encouraged me.
The rest, so far, is history.