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Welcome to Nebraskans Unafraid!

Nebraskans Unafraid (NU) is a grass-roots organization that works to make our communities safer. We believe the right to safety extends to Registered People and their loved ones. We work to change the draconian laws that deprive Registered Citizens of their jobs, homes and family life. We educate the public about the low rate of re-offense among those convicted of sex offenses.

Nebraskans Unafraid’s other initiatives include FEARLESS, monthly gatherings for Registered People and their loved ones, where they can connect with others who are in similar circumstances and learn about how to survive and thrive despite the public-shaming registry. Through our Compassion Initiative outreach, we provide support and referrals to help Registered People find jobs, housing, spiritual support and social contacts.

Be Careful: Save Everything

Nebraskans Unafraid has received at least one report of a recent written threat of violence against a registered person.

Do not ignore messages like this. Save everything you receive because it is evidence. Take a screenshot if necessary. Report any threat to your law enforcement agency and take careful notes on what law enforcement tells you. Audio or video record the law enforcement comments if possible.

Send a copy of the message to Nebraskans Unafraid at nunafrd@gmail.com so that we can track any actions that may have been encouraged by a recent murder in Omaha. We also want to keep records of law enforcement responses.

In Nebraska, it is legal for you to record such a conversation as long as the recording is not made with criminal or tortious intent and you have the consent of at least one party to the conversation. NE Code § 86-290 (definition & penalty), § 86-297 (civil damages)

In Iowa, the consent of at least one party to the conversation also is required. IA Code § 727.8 (eavesdropping definition), § 808B.1 (wiretapping definition), § 808B.2 (definition & penalty), § 808B.8 (civil damages)

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If you would like to support Nebraskans Unfraid’s efforts, consider making a financial donation.


RESOURCES

The Perfect Bad Law

Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast

A Safe and Just Nebraska

Nebraskans Unafraid wants a safe and just Nebraska.

We do not condone criminal activity of any kind. If a crime is committed, we want our systems of law enforcement and criminal justice to do their work.

If a sex crime is committed, the law should be applied. If a murder is committed, the law should be applied.

And when a person convicted of a crime completes her or his sentence, she or he should be permitted to reintegrate into the community and re-build a life of responsibility, dignity and value.

We believe the right to safety and justice extends to all people — including registered people.

Regrettably, sex offense registries prevent people who are listed on them from finding jobs and homes. The registries expose former offenders, their families, including children of registrants as well as their friends to vigilante violence.

We are in favor of living law-abiding lives.

We oppose public-shaming registries for any class of people, criminal or any other kind of class. All of the evidence shows that such registries have no law enforcement or public safety value. Registries in fact, make communities more dangerous.

The threat from vigilantism alone should prompt public policymakers to rethink registries.

A study by the Australian Institute of Criminology found:

  • 44 percent of registered sexual offenders reported experiencing threats or harassment by neighbors.
  • around 20 percent experienced threats or harassment in general.
  • 16 percent of offenders reported that their family members or other cohabitants had been harassed, attacked or had property damaged as a result of their registration.
  • 8 percent experienced physical attacks.
  • 14 percent reporting some form of property damage.

Sex-offender registries create more problems than they solve, according to Lisa Sample, PhD., of the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Two criminologists who are themselves survivors of sexual abuse agree with us. You should listen to the entire half hour or so of the podcast linked below by Alexa Sardina and Alissa Ackerman. But if you don’t want to listen, here are the takeaways:

  • The “stranger danger” idea that is the basic premise of registries is a myth. More than nine out of 10 sexual assaults of children are committed by someone in the child’s home, who is known to the child.
  • Policies like registries, based on myth and fear, do not protect anyone and they do not decrease the threat of sexual violence.
  • Treatment of the offender, not punishment, will reduce sexual violence.

Listen to what Ackerman and Sardina have to say in Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast.

In light of the damage they inflict on families and the violence that they encourage, sex-offender registries should be abolished.

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If you would like to support Nebraskans Unfraid’s efforts, consider making a financial donation.


RESOURCES

The Perfect Bad Law

Beyond Fear: The Sex Crimes Podcast

National Event: The Evidence-Based Case for Ending Sex Offense Registries

Thursday, May 28  •  11 a.m. Central •  via Zoom •  Free  •  Sign up: www.bit.ly/EndTheRegistry

Join a national event about the sex offense registry –- its purpose and effectiveness, whether there’s a need, and if it should it dismantled! 

Presenters:  Miriam Aukerman is one of the country’s most talented litigators against sex offense registration laws, co-counsel on a landmark 6th Circuit case (Does v. Snyder) and now fighting tenaciously to get that decision implemented.  Judith Levine is co-author of the newly published, The Feminist and The Sex Offender, and an elegant, clarion voice on matters of sexual civil liberties and justice; her 2002 book, Harmful to Minors, stands as a classic in the field.  Vincent Schiraldi is a leading national advocate for cutting back probation and parole, a former NYC probation commissioner, and currently co-anchoring EXiT (Executives Transforming Parole and Probation), a bold new campaign to overhaul community supervision.  Josh Hoe, a prominent criminal justice advocate, podcast host, and policy analyst for Safe & Just Michigan will moderate the discussion.

Sex offense registries were supposed to keep communities safer. Under them, people convicted of sex offenses are required to register where they work, live, volunteer and go to school. Certain restrictions are placed on where they can live and earn a living. These laws have created an underclass of people who struggle not only to find a good job, but to even find an available place to live. Meanwhile, studies show the promised safety benefits of these laws have failed to materialize.

We’ll talk about recent court rulings regarding the unconstitutionality of Michigan’s sex offender registration act, the evidence showing registries fail to protect communities, and the movement to end the registries.

Joining the discussion is free. All you need to do to take part is sign up>>>> www.bit.ly/EndTheRegistry

Safe & Just Michigan event page: https://www.safeandjustmi.org/take-action/events/

Safe & Just Michigan works to advance policies that end Michigan’s over-use of incarceration and promote community safety and healing. We envision a Michigan in which all are safe in their communities and everyone is responsible for creating accountability, safety and justice.