Indecent Exposure Leads to Indecent Shaming in Aurora: What Happens When Someone is Accused
I recently read a story on 9News.com about a Denver Firefighter who was arrested for walking around the Aurora Town Center with his penis in hand. His photo, which is posted above the article, tells the story of a very frightened man with a serious problem. So what is the first thing we (society) do? Well, we start by shaming the person with his picture on television and on news websites. This stuff really sells! Some of us laugh, some get mad, or we might get scared and take stronger measures to make sure our children are safe by calling our legislator to demand tougher laws. I have grandchildren, and like most people I don't want people to intentionally expose themselves in public. But I have to ask myself, will publicly shaming the person serve to correct the problem? Will it make us safer? Was the public really in danger to begin with? In my line of work I frequently talk with Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB) therapists. I've learned from them that Indecent exposure is the sex crime with the highest recidivism rate, mainly due to the underlying psychological factors involved. I believe we need laws prohibiting Indecent Exposure in Arapahoe County, but I believe the way we punish some offenders is also indecent.