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Colorado Board to Stop Using the Term ‘Sex Offenders’

The Sex Offender Management Board says it wants to use 'person-first' language


Colorado is changing the way it labels sex offenders because it considers the term negative.

The move comes from the Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) following a Nov. 19 vote. The board, which is comprised of a variety of legal professionals, plans to stop using the term in standards and guidelines for treatment offenders receive. 

“Sex offender” will still be used legally and by the criminal justice system.

The board intends to substitute the term for “person-first” language such as ”person who has committed sex offenses.”

Supports of the change in terminology argue it will reduce recidivism. Opponents say it will only reduce accountability, noting victims and survivors live with their label for life,” CBS Local.

SOMB Board Chair Kimberly Kline said the change has already been adopted in clinical settings. She also said that being labeled a sex offender can isolate offenders because it implies their behavior is irreversible. 

“If we’re talking about how someone speaks to themselves or about themselves or how they’re labeled as an identity versus something they’ve done, that can increase risk,” Kline said.

According to The Gazette, “person-first terminology has been heavily emphasized by groups like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the context of the ill and the disabled.”

District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District Michael Allen said, “They are changing the terminology on ‘sex offender’ merely to protect the sex offender and not to protect public safety.”

“It changes the focus from an affirmative step taken by a sex offender to violate somebody, to saying that something happened to them leading to them being in trouble for something in the courtroom,” he told Fox 21 News. “It changes the responsibility behavior from the offender themselves.”

Before the board’s vote, Jessica Dotter, sexual assault resource prosecutor for the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council and an SOMB member, expressed her concerns regarding the true impact of the change.

“‘Adults who commit sexual offenses’ fails to convey or represent any sort of victim-centeredness,” Dotter said.

Other critics have said that there is no evidence or reputable study that indicates the term change would prevent recidivism.

The decision is now in a 20-day public comment period and will need to be subsequently ratified by the board.

The Sex Offender Management Board’s name will not change, however. The ability to change the organization’s name is exclusively that of Colorado’s legislature. 

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13 responses to “Colorado Board to Stop Using the Term ‘Sex Offenders’”

  1. It says: “The board, which is comprised of a variety of legal professionals,”.
    It should say: “The board, which is compromised of a variety of legal professionals,”.
    I’ll be emailing this to “corrections at Timcast dot com”

  2. Marilyn says:

    A Chimo is still a Chimo.

  3. Marilyn says:

    LMFAO. Blue Wokester Cult!

  4. Skynet0225 says:

    I agree the terms should be changed. I prefer child rapist and ordinary rapist. I’m ambivalent on whether there should be a homosexual rapist category. I figure they can sort that out in prison.

  5. HerrDoktor says:

    And, I should add, those should be the official terms.

  6. HerrDoktor says:

    Are you kidding? It’s way more offensive to group together all sex offenders regardless of the nature of their crime. It would be far better and less offensive to distinguish between kid-diddlers and jailbait-chumps.

  7. Ryan99 says:

    I am so glad that I decided to leave Colorado to live out in Alaska. This state may be much colder but it is so much better. Only been here for 2 years and I’m already doing much better

  8. UppityG says:

    😂👍👍👍👍👍

  9. Laharl says:

    *Norm Macdonald’s voice*

    Colorado is changing the way it labels sex offenders because it considers the term negative. Also negative, sexual offense. *long stare*

  10. pandusa says:

    I sympathize. How did it go from “Rocky Mountain High… in Colorado”…to this? I wonder if John Denver would pull his bottom lip…completely over his head?

  11. pandusa says:

    Just know if I disappear it wasn’t the virus…more likely a stroke. Now, Blue Wokester Cult wants to call pedophiles “minor attracted persons”. Wonder how this will affect Dexter? Never mind, I don’t think he cares much what you call them. He might get canceled though. Then again, they will probably just change the premise of the show to go after MAGA, Trump supporters, and anyone else that has moral values that doesn’t agree with them.

  12. Devilsgun says:

    Oh, right. Let’s not make the filthy chomos have any bad fee-fees between bouts of life-ruining child diddling now, Calirado… Fucking Woketards. I want my goddamned state back