Okay this is why I both love and despise the sex offender’s register. Love it because it lets me know if there is a rapist in my area, and despise it because it’s starting to get to where I am questioning its legality. In an effort to further mitigate online predators and people who take a leak in the woods, several videogame companies agreed to ban the accounts of 3500 registered New York sex offenders after an agreement with the attorney general’s office.
Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday that the agreement was intended to remove sex offenders from online games which are enjoyed by all ages. You can meet all sorts of people on the internet, and just about every game has a universal channel everyone (or a massive amount of players) can communicate on, or talk one-on-one. Modern games also allow for audio.
Companies that decided to go through with this include Microsoft, Sony, EA, Warner Brothers, Disney, Blizzard, and Apple according to Schneiderman.
Even though I support the intentions of the sex offender’s registry, I feel that the way it’s executed has made it an absolute failure. Once you’re on the register, your life is ruined. Meanwhile someone who shoplifts and gets a criminal record doesn’t have such problems. To me, this is simply the government adding to a sentence for people who have already been tried for a crime and punished, something I doubt is constitutional or even allowed under human rights.
Of course because humans have a problem with very vocal (and very stupid) individuals drowning out the majority with common sense, this will never get fixed. Especially with the attitude of people who think it should carry the death penalty. In absolute honesty, if you run off with someone you met on the internet and he turns out to be a lunatic or a sex offender then that’s your own fault.
I wonder if being given a decision that would turn into a PR nightmare if you refused can be considered a form of coercion.