Saturday, 29 January 2011

Living with a Sex Offender

Absolutely fascinating piece in the Guardian today from a woman who describes falling in love with, and now living with a guy who turned out to be a sex offender. There are many who will point to the author's revelation that she herself was sexually abused as a child. I also find it interesting that it's only towards the end of the piece that there appears to be an age dimension to the sex crime committed by her partner - it's very vague. Thus, given someone has chosen tow rite and publish this, there also seems unease at the situation. It's a reminder that sex offenders are human beings (shock, horror) but also that there is a lasting legacy from sex crime for the victim, the offender and also anyone who comes into contact with that individual. As this piece makes clear, to be placed on the sex offenders register is to become socially radioactive. Well worth a read, check it out here.

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D.J.B. said...

A lovely, intriguing story. I wonder what she'd feel like if later she was able to find out the case details. I imagine it wouldn't matter after all these years, but the prolonged lie may result in a few nights on the couch!

D.J.B. said...

*assuming he was lying!

Chris Ashford said...

lol. Well, she seems to assume he is lying so that seems to be already factored in. No indication if they have children, which may be another area of potential difficulty down the road.

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