Child Sexual Abuse

Freedom of speech for sex offenders?

Supreme Court | Supreme Court considers state law barring convicts from social media
by Mary Reichard
Posted 3/06/17, 03:53 pm

In North Carolina, state law bars registered sex offenders from using social media that children could join, such as Facebook. The state law is aimed at preventing communications between sex offenders and minors.

Lester Packingham of Durham, N.C., claims the law violated his First Amendment rights and took his argument to the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard the case at the end of February.

Packingham, a convicted sex offender, created a Facebook account using an alias. There is no evidence Packingham used the website to communicate with children.

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‘Whatever is true … whatever is lovely …’

Faith & Inspiration | Not allowing the evil of this world to dominate our thoughts
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 1/17/17, 05:26 pm

There are things I wish I’d never heard of. Images seen that cannot now be unseen. Films that had best not been watched. Photos once snapped, undeletable. A blood relation, unbeknownst to me at the time, took my son to see The Silence of the Lambs when he was 10, and the boy was damaged goods upon return.

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Despite censorship claims, Backpage doing business as usual

Human Trafficking | Senators look for ways to stop the classified ad site from sex trafficking children
by Gaye Clark
Posted 1/13/17, 03:38 pm abruptly closed the adult advertising section of its website in the United States on Monday, one day before executives from the company appeared before a Senate committee to answer allegations they facilitated the sex trafficking of children.

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