Term 'Sex Offender' to Be Dropped Due to 'Negative Impact' on Abusers

Term 'Sex Offender' to Be Dropped Due to 'Negative Impact' on Abusers


There are no more sex offenders in Colorado.

They’re now “adults who commit sexual offenses,” according to a vote last week by the Sex Offender Management Board of the Colorado Division of Justice.

Board chair Kimberly Kline told the Denver Post it’s about that nasty label: sex offender. “I think the biggest thing is research shows us that assigning a label has the potential for negative effects in rehabilitation,” she said.

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“If we’re talking about how someone speaks about themselves … that can increase risk,” she continued. “Ultimately it is victim centered if we’re reducing risk.”

Victim-centered? Not according to board member Jessica Dotter in her dissent at a meeting Friday about developing the new term.

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