A Collateral Damage Research Study

WAR - Women Against Registry

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For those that have shown interest in the Capella University research study, thank you. I was informed that our researcher has received approximately 20 potential participants and has contacted each of them for evaluation screening. She does not need any further respondents at this time. Again, thank you for your interest.


We are writing to tell you of an opportunity to participate in a research study conducted by Cheryl Welch, a PhD candidate at Capella University. Study subjects will be the parents of adult sons or daughters who have been incarcerated for CP. Participants anonymity will be protected and subjects will receive a $30 gift card as appreciation for their participation.

Please carefully read the blue text in the PDF for further details about qualifying.  The study is only looking for ten participants so, if you are interested, you should act quickly.

If you would like to participate, please send an email to the following address: cwelch16@capellauniversity.edu and please write "STUDY" in the subject line.

Want to learne more?
Download the full PDF here.

Tech Companies Reported Over 45 Million Child Porn Images & Videos on Their Platforms Last Year

Porn, in some form, has existed for as long as humans have. While it has drastically evolved over time to be what it is today—from caveman drawings to free and accessible hardcore HD videos available 24/7 online—the difference that seems to have had the biggest effect on culture-at-large is access.

We have the rapid improvement of technology, namely the internet and all devices that supply us with access to the internet, to thank for that. Although the internet definitely has major upsides, it also has a very dark side.

Follow this link to continue reading:


The Dobbs Wire:  Is the sex offense registry growing or shrinking?

Hard to tell because the long-time keeper of the national statistics, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), has stopped updating the figures!

Every six months for many years NCMEC put a new 50 state map online with the latest numbers.  The updated statistics are now months overdue. NCMEC didn’t respond to our questions but we managed to get a reporter for a major media outlet to query them.

The word came back – NCMEC confirmed that it no longer updates the map.  The reporter, unfortunately, never filed a story, and NCMEC has not announced the change.   So you heard it here first – with 900,000 listings and counting, several million people directly impacted -- the figures have gone missing.  NCMEC is a private entity that gets the bulk of its funding from the federal government, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars over the years.  NCMEC is also the group that incited public fears over ‘stranger danger.’  Losing the statistics is lousy but there might be a silver lining – this failure by NCMEC may prompt the federal government to step in and keep tabs on the official blacklist.  The US Department of Justice ought to take on this task because these numbers should not be entrusted to a private group that has other agendas.

If you have any ideas drop us a line:


Below is our dispatch from Dec. 2018 with the last figures released by NCMEC.


–Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire


The Dobbs Wire: More than 912,000 on government blacklists – sex offense registry listings INCREASE 4.8% in the last year

The Dobbs Wire has produced a new chart with the latest sex offense registry statistics for every state and Washington DC, along with figures from 2017. One key indicator continues to *increase* -- the total number on blacklists is now 912,643. That’s a 4.8% climb in the last 12 months! 42,001 listings have been added since 2017.

These government blacklists produce no benefit to public safety but they sure pack a punch. Life shattering consequences include routine harassment, discrimination and even vigilante attacks. Are such lists needed? That’s a public discussion that needs to happen.

Oddly, the federal government doesn’t track the numbers; a federally funded non-profit organization does: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) updates an online map with the statistics every six months, those figures are the best available although their accuracy has been questioned.

Have a look at the attachment, our new chart.

-Bill Dobbs, The Dobbs Wire Dec. 12, 2018


 Members and Supporters

I am working on a project that I hope to finish tonight on early Monday. For this project it is important for me to find one or more people that have suffered the loss of a loved one due to suicide or have a loved one that attempted suicide, in both cases because they were entrapped in some form of sting operation either by authorities or vigilantes.

If you or someone you know matches this description, please contact me by email or phone as soon as possible. I will be up late tonight working on this project so please respond even if it is late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Contact me at:



Trauma and Sexual Abuse

 Trauma and Sexual Abuse

Dr. Melissa Grady at Catholic University and Dr. Jill Levenson at Barry University are conducting a study aimed at understanding the role of trauma and later sexual offending.

Since many of our readers may have a history of sexually offending, please consider participating in the web-based survey that should take approximately 15 -20 minutes. Please forward the link to others who may be willing to participate in the study.

The survey is at:


For questions, please email grady@cua.edu or call 202.319.4387.

Experiences When In Relationship With A Registered Sex Offender

University of Nevada, Reno is also conducting research to better understand the experiences of those who have been in a relationship with someone who is on a sex offender registry. This is the first ever national-level survey to gather data solely from spouses and partners of people on the sex offender registry.

If you or someone you know is in a relationship with a registrant, please participate in the study and forward it to others who can help with the research. It is expected that the research may aid in further understanding how registration and related policies affect spouses and partners of individuals listed on a sex offender registry.

The survey is at:


For questions, please email sornaproject@gmail.com or call 775.784.4345.

Registry Matters Podcast

You'll be interested in three cases recently reviewed on the Registry Matters podcast. One addressed blanket GPS monitoring, another with Internet prohibitions and a third with the First Amendment and an elected official attempting to restrain the speech of one of our advocates.

University of Nevada Reno: Research Project

The University of Nevada Reno is conducting a research project and this is your opportunity to offer you insight. The intention is to distribute a survey link, which is below, to partners and spouse of registered offenders to assess how they feel registration and notification policies impact their lives. They hope to gather information about the unintended consequences of these policies.


Have you ever been in a relationship with a registered sexual offender? If so, we are interested in hearing from you. We know that individuals who have been or are currently in relationships with registered sexual offenders may experience a unique set of challenges and experiences. We want to learn more about your own personal experiences, how this has affected you, and how you feel about current sex offender policies.

This is the first ever national-level survey to gather data solely from spouses and partners of registered sexual offenders. This is your chance to share your voice and address the issues that are affecting you!

If interested, please click the link below to learn more. The first 300 participants will be entered into a raffle for (2) $100 and (6) $50 Amazon gift cards.

http://unrcfr.co1.qualtrics. com/jfe/form/SV_ b1oK7ZdF53PbGbX

Tribeca Film Festival: UNTOUCHABLE

Tribeca Film FestivaL: UNTOUCHABLE
Dear Friends,
It has been a long road. From the homeless encampments of South Miami to the Tribeca Film Festival, UNTOUCHABLE has been a labor of love for nearly five years now. I’m writing to you to tell you that finally, it is being released to the public on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Kanopy.
I remain enormously proud of this film. While we knew going in that creating a balanced, complex portrait of the most reviled people in our society might create barriers to its commercial viability, I stand by every frame of what I hope is a film you will watch, consider, and then wildly post and tweet about.
The publicity we’ve gotten since announcing the VOD release has been universally laudatory: And, at least as of this writing, we’re still at 100 percent on rotten tomatoes. Not bad. Here are squibs from two reviews just from the last couple of days:
"UNTOUCHABLE is an incredible example of what documentaries at their best can be - not just informative, but balanced and thought-provoking despite covering very difficult to watch and complicated subject matter.” —Aaron White, Feelin' Film
"An eye-opening look at a thorny topic... Feige’s documentary resounds with sympathy….and open(s) up a dialogue about a hot-button subject that, it contends, is far less open-and-shut than most assume." —Nick Schager, Daily Beast
On behalf of our entire team, I also want to thank the law professors, social scientists, and the small army of concerned academics in many disciplines who have purchased the film for research and teaching. Likewise, the stream of screening requests from hundreds of community activists has kept us busy for the better part of two years.
As I once told my producer, Rebecca, I see making a documentary film as creating a little engine of social change. You build it and set it free in the world. We’re about to set it free. I hope by watching, engaging and thinking about this difficult subject you’ll help bring some nuance and complexity to a difficult subject that is too often painted only in black and white.
So below is the official release information. Please, click view, think, talk tweet, post, and e-mail, and maybe just maybe, word of mouth and your personal endorsements can give this film the life I hope it can have.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.

Stream it now on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.
Untouchable, the award-winning documentary that takes an unflinching look at sex offenders, the laws used to punish them, and the people behind the making of those laws, is now available for personal streaming on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. Look for it also at your public or institutional library that subscribes to Kanopy.




This award-winning documentary (Tribeca Film Festival - Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award) explodes conventional thinking on this topic with data showing that current sex-offender laws and systems of punishment aren't making us any safer.
It's the first documentary to challenge deeply help public perceptions with new and compelling social science research. Untouchable takes you deep into our criminal justice system to reveal the complicated truth behind the explosive growth of what has become one of America’s largest punishment systems.


Community Screenings

Please note that individual streams do not include the rights for community screenings. For a screening in any public, theatrical, or semi-theatrical venue, with or without admission charge, please contact us at outreach@untouchablefilm.com
“Exceptional and important… one of the most impressive documentaries I have ever seen.” — Jonathan Leaf, Forbes
"Untouchable does what great documentaries do." — Daniel Glenn, Film Forward
"This film explores the very darkest corner of our legal system, choosing to shine a compassionate light on the pain and complexity of the issue. Untouchable does an excellent job of highlighting the gulf between social science and our current laws and policies in this area. " — CAROL STEIKER, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
( read more reviews here)

UNTOUCHABLE INSTITUTIONAL LICENSING DVD with PPR $460 (includes shipping) Closed captions/scene selection
DVD w DSL and PPR $600 (includes shipping)
For a free online preview or further information contact Jeff Tamblyn, Outreach Producer Outreach@unconditionalfilm.com
Order online now, with credit card, Paypal or check.