“I tried not to dwell on the stuff that wasn’t good.” But, as she was about to start her freshman year at Western Michigan University, she got a call from a close childhood friend, Victoria, who asked, “Did you know you’re on the public sex-offender registry?
”Her friend, who had just given birth to a baby girl, had logged on to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry Web site to search for local predators.
"I find that you don't get it -- that you're a danger.
morning in 2007, Leah Du Buc, a twenty-two-year-old college student in Kalamazoo, began writing an essay for English class that she hoped would save her life.
The county prosecutor obtained a search warrant to photograph “the erect penis of the defendant.” (Pursuit of the photo was abandoned only after there was a public outcry.) In Fayetteville, North Carolina, a sixteen-year-old girl faced multiple felony charges for “sexting” a picture of herself to her boyfriend.Nassar was in prison Wednesday -- the seventh day of a remarkable hearing that gave girls, young women and their parents a chance to confront Nassar in court."I just signed your death warrant," Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said as she sentenced Nassar. The former USA Gymnastics sports doctor pleaded guilty to molesting girls and young women.Some of the nation's top gymnasts, including Olympians Aly Raisman, Mc Kayla Maroney, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber, said they were among his victims.Gravens was twelve when his mother learned that he had inappropriately touched his eight-year-old sister on two occasions; she sought help from a Christian counselling center, and a staffer there was legally obliged to inform the police.Gravens was arrested, placed on the public registry, and sent to juvenile detention for nearly four years.She had entered her Zip Code, and there was Leah’s face—her copper bangs, her wide cheeks, her brown eyes staring blankly from the photograph.Her name, weight, and height were listed; so was the address where she’d grown up, playing beneath tall pines and selling five-cent rocks that she’d painted with nail polish.Compounding the original trauma is the fact that victims’ voices are often silenced, sometimes by those in positions of trust or power.Kids who sexually harm other kids seldom target strangers. More typical is the crime for which Josh Gravens, of Abilene, Texas, was sent away, more than a decade ago, at the age of thirteen.