State Replaces ‘Sex Offender’ With ‘Adults Who Commit Sexual Offenses’ Due to ‘Stigma’

Colorado’s Sex Offender Management Board voted Monday to stop using the term “sex offender” in treatment contexts and begin using “adults who commit sexual offenses” since it’s a less stigmatizing term for such individuals, KCNC-TV reported.

The terminology change is meant to reflect “person-first” language, the station said, and only affects use in treatment. KCNC added that the term “sex offender” won’t change in the state’s law or criminal justice system. . .

Kimberly Corbin, a rape survivor, spoke out against changing the term “sex offender” to something less stigmatizing, KCNC noted.

“I’m involved today after hearing that it would be improper or offensive in some manner for me to refer to the man who raped me as a sex offender,” Corbin said, according to the station.

She added to KCNC that “it’s very, very damaging” when people are “labeled” as a result of their “gender, race, sexuality, [or] ability” since “those are not their choices”; however, Corbin emphasized that sex offenders make choices to commit sexual crimes and don’t require a less stigmatizing label. (Read more from “State Replaces ‘Sex Offender’ With ‘Adults Who Commit Sexual Offenses’ Due to ‘Stigma'” HERE)

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