Deceptive headlines stoke sex offender hysteria

Using a much-hyped news story as a springboard, NARSOL has a reminder of the importance of reading beyond the headlines.By Michael M. . . . The following headline appeared on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Fox News: “Virginia sex offender seen snatching 7-month-old from mother in photos released by police.”  It all seems pretty straightforward, […]

The sex offender registry: It’s not what you think

The Criminal Legal News website features a column by NARSOL communications director Sandy Rozek, in which she explains how mainstream media headlines can lead to a distorted view of those required to register as sex offenders.“Texas sex offender added to 10 most wanted sex offenders list.” “Virginia man arrested for sex crimes after third victim […]

Why reporters should stop using "predator"

Steven Yoder explains on his blog, Life on the List, why reporters should stop using the word “predator” when referring to people who have committed sex offenses.In May, the AP Stylebook changed its guidelines for how reporters should refer to people with substance abuse problems. “Avoid words like alcoholic, addict, user and   abuser unless they are in quotations or names […]

Reprise: Confronting the Lie

Although we’re seeing more news media reports with accurate information about Registered Citizens and registries, most of what you read or hear on these topics in the mainstream news media is wrong.As a public service, Nebraskans Unafraid offers a mid-summer reprise of last year’s Confronting the Lie series. Here is Part One:

FEARLESS Presentation: A Detailed Look at SORN in all 50 States

Patterns that emerge from a close examination of sex-offender laws in all 50 states:It appears that the laws result from media-driven public panics that are not grounded in fact. It appears that lawmakers pay little to no attention to the growing mountain of evidence showing that very few sex offenders are dangerous. Politicians are fee […]

Daily Beast on the Media Role in Making College Rape Culture Worse

An excerpt from an excellent piece from The Daily Beast:” . . . hysteria over a rape culture sheds no light and produces no solutions. Panic breeds chaos and mob justice. It claims innocent victims, undermines social trust, and distracts attention from genuine cases of abuse.“ ‘Pity, wrath, heroism, filled them, but the power of putting two […]

2014 in Review: Confronting the Lie

Third in a series revisiting this year’s most popular posts.March 2014In response to shoddy reporting on a local TV station, Nebraskans Unafraid interviewed a nationally recognized expert in sexual offending, Lisa Sample, Ph.D., from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The result was a three-part YouTube series, Confronting the Lie:Confronting the Lie, Part IConfronting the Lie, Part […]