Minimizing Trauma for Registered Sex Offenders and Their Families
Matt Duhamel, a former TV news and radio personality, has turned his attention to helping others through the power of independent film. He agrees with the idea that film can help individuals, communities and entire societies by increasing compassion, tolerance, understanding and forgiveness. By learning from his own personal trials and past failures, Matt uses his experiences as life changing tools and applies them to his thought-provoking films.
In addition to filmmaking, Matt is a social activist currently presenting on how the impact of the sex offender registry in America affects families and registrants. He first presented this topic at the 2016 InterNational Prisoners Family Conference in Dallas, Texas. More recently he presented to a large group at the Utah Prisoner Advocate Network (UPAN) in Midvale, Utah.
Matt incorporates the latest facts, various media clips, interviews and videos in his informative presentation. With the assistance of Molly Prince, President of UPAN, Matt interviews Molly about how families can support the registered citizen (I prefer this term rather than registered sex offender), how to minimize trauma, and solutions for the psychological impact that registrants and families face.
WATCH this presentation which was recorded at the UPAN meeting, August, 2016. This recorded version is condensed and does not contain video media. Please see below for links on how to view the media online. (Sorry for the grainy video. The presentation was filmed in low light conditions.)
SURVEYS AND RESEARCH USED IN THIS PRESENTATION
- Understanding collateral consequences of registry laws: An examination of the perceptions of sex offender registrants: Examination of the perceptions of sex offender registrants (Justice Policy Journal, 2014)
- Megan’s Law and its Impact on Community Re-Entry for Sex Offenders (Jill S. Levenson Ph.D.; David A. D’Amora M.S.; Andrea L. Hern M.A)
- Collateral Damage: Family Members of Registered Sex Offenders (Lynn University)
- Sex Offender Registration and Notification in the United States: Current Case Law and Issues (U.S. Department of Justice)
- A Snapshot of Juvenile Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws (Nicole Pittman and Quyen Nguyen)
- The Stigmatization of Individuals Convicted of Sex Offenses: Labeling Theory and The Sex Offense Registry (Carla Schultz, San Jose State University
- The Cost of Fear: An Analysis of Sex Offender Registration, Community Notification, and Civil Commitment Laws in the United States and the
United Kingdom (Kate Hynes Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University)
- No Easy Answers: Sex Offender Laws in the US (Human Rights Watch)
WEBSITES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Woman Against Registry: Through peaceful demonstrations, educational forums, and political events we will present compelling evidence of the dangers and damage to American society caused by excessive, unconscionable sexual offense registries.
Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws: The ACSOL organization is dedicated to restoring civil rights for those accused and/or convicted of sex crimes. In order to achieve that objective, we will initiate and support legal action, legislation and public outreach.
National Reform Sex Offender Laws: RSOL envisions effective, fact-based sexual offense laws and policies which promote public safety, safeguard civil liberties, honor human dignity, and offer holistic prevention, healing, and restoration.
Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders (The Huffington Post)
Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (Wikipedia)
Megan’s Law (Wikipedia)
MEDIA USED DURING THIS PRESENTATION
1. More than 40 people participated in a peaceful protest against International Megan’s Law which was held outside the federal district court in Oakland, CA. Participants included registrants and supporters from California as well as several other states.
2. As a licensed therapist in the State of Utah, Molly Prince knows first-hand about the struggles inmates and their families face when trying to navigate the criminal justice system. Matt sits down with Molly and discusses solutions in assisting registrants and their families.
Molly Prince’s Interviews, Workable Solutions
(6 video clips)
3. Matt references Zachery Anderson’s story and his arrest during the winter of 2014 after having sex with a girl he met the dating app, ‘Hot or Not’, who claimed she was 17 years old. But she admitted to police it was a lie. She was really 14.
19-Year-Old Fights to Be Taken Off Sex Offender Registry
(source: ABC News)
4. The attorney Nicole Pittman, founder of the Center on Youth Registration Reform, wants to change legislation that requires kids to be registered as sex offenders.
Should Children Be Registered as Sex Offenders?
(source: The New Yorker)
5. For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems
(source: National Public Radio)
If you or your organization is interested in having Matt Duhamel present on the topic of ‘Impact of the Sex Offender Registry on the Family’ or other social justice topics, please contact Metamora Films.
Special Report: Sex Offender Panic on Halloween
From Solitary Nation (Episode #5)
Join Matt Duhamel and Brenda Jones from Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) on Solitary Nation for this special report. Halloween is approaching fast and that means more media attention on registered sex offenders and the public’s fear of abuse, abduction and predatory behavior. This powerful episode of Solitary Nation looks at the inaccurate statistics and unfounded fear mass media, politicians, government leaders, cities and states subscribe to this time of the year.