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Colorado to Ban the Term “Sex Offender”

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As you well know, the cancel culture of the political left has sought to drastically change our society in recent years. And a massive part of that movement has been to simply change the language we use in reference to some things.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has banned the use of “mother,” “father,” “brother,” “sister,” and so on in the Lower House so as to not be so offensive to those who might consider themselves not one gender or the other. In places where homelessness is careening out of control, such as California, the homeless are now referred to as the “unhoused,” and those who find themselves charged with crimes, you know, criminals are being called “justice-involved individuals.”

Apparently, the thought process is that if we stop calling these poor souls bad names or referring to them with words that have negative connotations, they will suddenly not feel the need to act inappropriately or feel sad about who they are. As if a murderer will stop killing if we stop calling him a killer.

The latest example of this comes to us from Colorado, where liberalism has a rather strong foothold. Here, the state’s Sex Offender Management Board has decided that just like the terms “he” or “she” might be offensive to some, “sex offender” might also be an ill choice of words. And so, they have voted to have it replaced.

According to CBS News Denver, “The board that sets state standards voted today (November 19) to change the term ‘sex offender’ to reflect so-called ‘person-first’ language.”

The outlet explains that the change will only apply to the “standards and guidelines for treatments providers” for now as it will take actual legislation to have the term banned in law or the criminal justice system. However, it’s a step in that direction, some believe.

The board passed the replacement of the term by a vote of 10-6 and has chosen the phrase “adults who commit sexual offenses” to take its place.

Apparently, this term will be less offensive or stigmatizing for people who have committed sexual offenses. People like Derek Logue who say, “Referring to me by a label for something I did half my life ago is inappropriate and downright offensive.” Instead, he thinks the term “client” or something as equally acceptable would be better.

And as CBS reports, Logue is not the only one. Those within the criminal justice system in favor of the change even support that it could lower recidivism rates or the likelihood of second and third offenses.

Now, as you and I both know, that argument is pretty much the most ridiculous thing ever. I mean, who really thinks that simply changing how we refer to someone who commits crimes will encourage them to never do it again? Does a convicted thief suddenly have no urge to steal when people start calling them a “person who takes things without permission?”

Does a drug addict stop using simply because we refer to them as “someone addicted to drugs?” Absolutely not.

But, don’t just take my word for it. Instead, why don’t we hear from a sex offenders’ victim?

Someone like Kimberly Corbin who survived a rape several years ago has thoughts on the matter. She agreed that terminology could indeed be offensive and even “damaging” to some. But that really only applies to those who don’t really have a choice in a certain matter, such as with many race, gender, or sexuality issues. Those people were born a certain way, and they might be offended by certain terms that label them.

However, Corbin argues that it’s much different for those like sex offenders and other convicted criminals. For them, their choices led them to where they are in life. As she says, “these are choices that sex offenders make.”

And she certainly has a point.

The other problem with the change in terminology, as Jessica Dotter of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council says, is that it “remove(s) accountability from offenders” and makes light of the “experience of the victims.”

Instead of holding these people responsible for their actions and offering justice for their victims, this name change suddenly makes it seem like nothing much has gone wrong, as if being molested or raped isn’t a big deal. And let me tell you, it’s nothing short of life-changing.

It’s only fitting that those who commit such atrocities should have to live with a label that reminds them of their crimes.