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Young Sex Offenders and the rehabilition of offenders act

Comment 7th July 2010

Young Sex offenders.

 

When I was 15 years old I committed sexual acts. We were both under 16 years old. The allegations came to light when I was under 18 years old and the police took no action against me until I turned 20 years old.  I pleaded guilty and was handed a sentence of three years imprisonment suspended for two years. I was placed on the sex offenders register for life, however, this was reduced to 10 years, the period that I was on the register has now ended.

I feel that I have been punished enough. The stigma of being on that register that has grown men and women who committed terrible acts against children was a daily struggle. I was 15 years old and was not educated in sex education.  Times have changed now and young people are more educated, I just wish that I was educated enough to know what happened when I was a young boy was wrong at that time.

I do believe however that the sex offenders register is a workable tool in safeguarding society. I have met many officers of the law who would often visit me at my home – this was always welcome by me as I had nothing to hide and no inclination whatsoever to cause harm to anyone. I had asked that the police arrange an assessment of how likely I would be to offend in such a terrible way. There were three levels of risk, Low, medium and high. I was assessed at a low risk as apparently there is no such thing as no risk.

Lastly, I now have a permanent criminal record as a result of what happened when I was a child myself. I feel the rehabilitation of offenders act should be changed to cover crimes that children commit. As I was an adult when convicted I was treated as an adult even though the offences occurred when I was a child.

Why does this matter?

I am still suffering as a result of what happened when I was a child.


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