Monday, November 1, 2010

Community Room Legal

The Community Room:

Mission and Deeper Purpose
The Community Room is a vision of eAdvocate and is a Humanitarian Educational Project, and is not legal advice. The initial phase of the Community Room is to:

Phase-1: Identify the needs of former sex offenders by learning from their daily lives (Gatherng needs from former offenders and their family members);

Phase-2: Develop appropriate responses to needs, and creating a "Topic List (See right side of blog)" so others may learn from them. The former sex offender community is over 700,000 strong according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (2010 figures).

Further, because persons who have committed sex crimes come from all sorts of backgrounds and from every type of industry known to mankind, that community is clearly loaded with talent. The intent of the Community Room is to seek talents from that group, and their family members, to develop responses to the overall group needs;

Phase-3: Identify the Advocates who are addressing issues of former sex offenders, list and provide access to their sites and blogs so visitors may easily find them. Ask Advocates to utilize and assist in developing Community Room resources.

Phase-4: Once Advocates have been identified, review their sites to see if any Resource Guides have already been developed and link to the best of those Guides, giving full credit to those who have developed them;

Phase-5: Once the Community Room "Topic Lists" and links to resources, then newer former offenders -now visitors- may learn from those resources, hence, helping them in their daily lives, and hopefully solve some of their problems; such will reduce recidivism and make society a safer place for all;

Phase-6: Following development of the above (Especially the "Topic List") develop the next phase of the Community Room as laid out in the Community Room goals.

This site is a advocacy central repository of information about sex offender issues, founded under Project Anonymity. Accordingly, we do not reveal any information about visitors or volunteers (See here). The information found on these sites is not "Legal Advice." If anyone needs legal advice, please seek legal counsel where you live, as those lawyers know your local laws best. Our information comes from many folks, professionals and nonprofessionals in many fields, ex-offenders, their friends and family, and research we do on issues and concerns raised.

While our advocacy keeps folks updated, it is intended to be educational for criminal justice and mental health professionals, and public policy decision makers, as well as former offenders, their families and friends. Our mission of education and elimination of sexual abuse is accomplished through our deeper purpose, see below.

The Community Room intent is, to create a respectful environment for understanding and healing, "a Discussion-Safety-Zone for related topics" while preserving our "Visitors' Zones-of-Privacy" and to interact without judgment. Today far too many communities fail to create such safety-zones!

Our Deeper Purpose

Our deeper purpose centers around the spirit and fundamental meaning of the United Nations, Declaration of Human Rights. We believe laws that have been -and are being enacted- to control former sex offenders, violate both the spirit and intent of the Declaration of Human Rights.

While recognizing past acts of former sex offenders, we do not condone or try to justify them. Their acts are embedded in emotional history. For healing to begin society, victims, the offenders and their families must create an environment conducive to healing and restoration. Such an environment has followed every major war, and today society needs to rebuild itself; creating a LifeAfter Sex Abuses one case at a time.

Unfortunately many folks believe in the hatred, the vindictiveness, the further retribution, the "separate them from us" colonizing the former sex offender; societal relegation. This isolationism -a division of sorts- is precisely what perpetuates abuses. Society fails to recognize this. Today's laws are perpetuating isolationism preventing healing, and eroding fundamental rights of everyone.

Our deeper purpose leans toward exposing myths and misconceptions, and revealing what masks truths about former sex offenders. We foster understanding, promotion of healing and stop the witch-hunting that causes people to isolate, which furthers cycles of abuse.

Society in general, is buried in hatred, and is unaware of what is happening in the name of public safety. The hysteria caused by misinformation about former sex offenders is fueling vigilantism, harassment, protests, media frenzy, and feel-good legislation. This drives the untreated sex offender underground into deeper isolation and triggers cycles of abuse.

Society feels it should, divide and isolate themselves from former sex offenders. However, that act perpetuates abuse cycles. Many psychiatrists and other professionals have recognized this. So our deeper purpose is to show society the errors caused by misinformation, and to integrate former sex offenders into mainstream society, rather than isolate them to a place where sex abuses may occur.

We are a "Human Rights" Advocacy website. Advocating for the former offender's LifeAfter and their "Zone of Associations." They are family, friends, associates, and many others who through life's circumstances cross paths with offenders. Registry and community notification laws collaterally affect them as well.


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Privacy and the Internet
We regard privacy and anonymity as one of our most important functions. We do not rent, sell or in any way exchange information about any e-mail addresses of visitors or volunteers.

** PRIVACY and the INTERNET **
The Internet, by virtue of its technology, raises privacy concerns which individual websites and blogs cannot address. This policy does not cover privacy concerns related to your presence on the Internet. This policy covers information which visitors and volunteers present to this website.

This site does not gather visitor's personal information. We do keep an incremental counter of our visitors. We do advise you, that there are companies and programs which have the ability to monitor Internet users when they are on a particular website.

This site does not place cookies on your computer. However, visitors should know, that our sites are on a public Host Computer, and that host may or may not write cookies to your computer. What the host site does is not under our control.

The only information sent to your computer is, information you select to read from our pages of information, which is sent to your computer. Your browser may or may not keep that information for a period of time. Contact the vendor of that browser for further information about that browser's operation.
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Copyrights and Resources

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All Content is copyrighted, by the original author, or as a collective work under the U.S. copyright laws. "Fair Use" governs our resources and cited articles or works, should an original author request removal please contact us.

You may not modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit, any of the materials, in whole or in part. You may not upload, post, reproduce or distribute content protected by copyright, or other proprietary right, without getting permission of the copyright owner. The materials from our site are available for personal informational, educational and noncommercial use only.

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** Web Site Resources **
Within this site is direct links to other websites on the Internet which you can reach by clicking on links. Those sites contain information and may also endorse or advertise products. The presence of such link to other websites, should not be understood to mean we have any specific affiliation with them.

We do not endorse, control or approve external information or products they may advertise, nor do we guarantee the accuracy of their information. However we are selective of whom we link to, and believe in their principles at the time we link to them. Your use of that information is voluntary, and before reliance on it, we suggest you perform your own independent review, to decide appropriateness for your purposes.

Often we will cite case law and link to court decisions. Our main legal case source is and we are grateful for that web site and wish them to have all credit for their work. When we cite cases from other sources (say State Court Appellate cases or others) we will name them to give them credit.

Attribution & Copyrights of Other Authors' Works: In articles that we write or comment on, it is always our policy to credit authors. We carefully evaluate all web sources that we use and want those authors to receive recognition for their work. If we have erred, we would appreciate that brought to our attention, so we may again evaluate that source and make corrections or deletions.

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** Web Site Submissions **
We are always looking for ways to enhance this site. However we are responsible for site content, excluding ** Web Site Resources ** therefore we conditionally accept submissions and reserve the right to review them.

After review, we may decide not to include the submission or to change it before inclusion. Our "Mission and Deeper Purpose" govern our decisions. Please follow "Attribution & Copyrights of Other Authors' Works" on anything submitted.

We thank visitors for submissions that enhance our site. We do not reimburse visitors for submissions, and appreciate those who wish to make our site better for the benefit of all visitors.
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Community Room - Legal Disclaimer
Unfortunately we now have to get into the legal mumbo jumbo. OK, do I (eAdvocate) support every Advocate's Mission and what they say on their sites and blogs: NO. I simply have not had the time to review the entire content of all Advocate sites, which is the only reason why I cannot broadly say, I agree with their Mission and what they say.

However, with that said, I do support every Advocate's right to take a stance on some topic affecting sex offenses or former sex offenders (past, present, and future) and to respectfully say what they believe, respecting rights of others. As to what Advocates say -on this blog- I have to take responsibility for that, which is why I must reserve the right to not publish something I feel is inappropriate. Libel and Slander issues control my thinking.

Typos will occur and I will strive to fix them when they occur.

Here is where I have a problem: If an Advocate Shouts something in the Community Room, but then says something totally different on their site, I consider that a misuse of the Community Room. Should that occur, I will make adjustments to this CR blog to set the record straight. If I feel it is especially egregious, then, and I hope this never happens, I will no longer post Advocate Shouts for that Advocate. However, this too is not cast in stone, if there is a valid reason why such happened.

NOTHING ON THIS BLOG IS TO BE CONSIDERED LEGAL ADVICE! Only lawyers provide that, so please see a local lawyer and present your issues to him/her.

For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.
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