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US State Board Is Dropping The Term ‘Sex Offender’ Because It’s Too Negaive

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US State Board Is Dropping The Term ‘Sex Offender’ Because It’s Too Negaive

Colorado's Sex Offender Management Board has made the controversial move to abandon the term 'sex offender' because they're worried it's too negative.

The state-run board is responsible for treating, managing and monitoring adult sex offenders in Colorado.

They decided they should use 'person-first language' when referring to these individuals and they had to choose between five options.

The board eventually settled on an 'adult who commits sexual offences'.


Derek Logue explained to CBS 4 that he doesn't believe she should have to carry the sex offender label for the rest of his life.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"Referring to me by a label for something I did half my life ago is inappropriate and downright offensive," he told the news outlet.

Derek believes the term 'client' would be much more respectful, which was one of the five options on the table.


Unsurprisingly, the idea hasn't gone down well with sex attack victims.

One woman told CBS 4: "It's very, very damaging for those who people who are labeled when it has to do with gender, race, sexuality, ability, but those are not their choices, the biggest thing for me is these are choices that sex offenders make."

Jessica Dotter, who works with the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, is also worried about the impacts of the change.

"I'm concerned that the use of person-first language generally is an intent to remove accountability from offenders and to diminish the experience of the victims," she said.


The board's decision to change the way they speak about the people they're responsible for won't change the state's legal definition of a sex offender, nor will other entities have to adopt the new phrase.

One of the board members has explained how they settled on the new approach to speaking about sex offenders.

Carl Blake said (via Fox 31): "This language in the committees I've been on seems to be the most supported of these options. It highlights the active reason why someone is in treatment, and it doesn't assume the behavior is over."

Those who supported the terminology change believe it will help prevent sex offenders from striking again.


In a weirdly ironic twist, Colorado's Sex Offender Management Board won't change their name now that they're avoiding the term sex offender.

The new term hasn't been set in stone just yet as the board will have a 20-day period where the public can comment on it.

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