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Once Fallen [Kindle Edition]

Derek Logue
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Book Description

Once Fallen is a two part book giving both an eyewitness account and expert testimony of the negative consequences of the current direction of sex offender legislation. Current sex offender laws focus on retribution against Former Sex Offenders while neglecting the rehabilitation of registrants, and completely ignoring tried-and-true prevention and education measures that would greatly reduce criminal sexual behavior. Current sex offender legislation create barriers to the successful reintegration of individuals who have served out their sentences. In addition, these laws help propagate the myriad of myths and lies we believe about sex crimes and those who commit them.

Once Fallen follows the seven year journey of one man to overcome his past and live as a productive member of society. The law, an unforgiving society, and internal struggles stand in the way of a reformed life. The first half of this book chronicles this man's struggle for forgiveness in a society, overcoming insurmountable odds to atone for the sins of the past while offering hope for those facing similar personal mistakes.

The Second part of Once Fallen is the fruit of nearly a decade of research on the impact of sex offender laws. Sex offender legislation is very popular, yet have come with disastrous consequences for both the registrants living under the laws and the society that desires them. The laws have been proven largely ineffective while merely reinforcing stereotypes and myths about sex offenders. Vigilantism, social ostracism, and denial of basic needs are just a few of the negative consequences of the laws on the individual registrant. Such negative consequence give ample incentive to disobey these laws, as they ultimately punish mostly those who are rehabilitated and have no desire to recidivate.

The social consequences of these laws include failing to address the greater number of sex crimes which are committed by non-registrants, the dilution of the registries as a result of predator panic, and the perpetuating of a fear-based culture. This fear has led to hypersensitivity to sex crimes to the point laws intended for the "worst of the worst" are used against even non-sex crimes or behaviors once merely frowned upon, such as consensual teen sex. We have given up large amounts of personal and constitutional freedoms, and laws created against sex offenders are expanding into other criminal behavior, with the potential risk of punishing people based upon perceived risk alone.

Once Fallen gives you the truth behind the sex offender legislation and industry, giving you the facts you may not want to hear, but NEED to hear. As with many social panics in our society, there is money to be made in the sex offender industry, with billions of dollars at stake, leaving no desire from mass media, celebrity advocates, and legislators to tell the public the truth behind this ill-fated legislation.

Once Fallen offers a rational solution to a problem riddled with well-intentioned but failed legislation. The solution requires we think outside the box and approach the subject with an open mind.

Written by Derek Logue, advocate, webmaster at www.oncefallen.com, a critically acclaimed factual information site on sex offender topics and issues.


Product Details

  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Derek Logue, www.oncefallen.com (April 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027FEHMS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best books September 15, 2012
I LEARNED So much from this book of passion, truth, and desire to educate. A must read !! You are selling yourself short if you don't read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Truth shall set you free April 24, 2009
I have a printed version of this book and I'm well into reading it. What is so good about it is that it is honest and very "telling" of what can happen with just ONE mistake in your lifetime and how it can ruin your life or make you stronger.

This kind of "shaming" of the former offender has to stop, I pray that all legislators and public officials will read this one because he has references and therefore "evidence" to prove what he is speaking about in his book.

Easy to read, had to make myself take a break from reading just to eat. Well written and I hope all of America will read it and learn the truth of what really is going on with all former offenders - no matter what they did.

It is also current, I like that.
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9 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is for you August 6, 2009
Just when you thought your life was safe and happy, one mistake can change everything. Derek Logue allows the reader to follow his life from the single worst moment a person may ever face, on through his treatment, recovery and religious awakening all with limited resources except for a immense drive to succeed.

Supporters and antagonists alike will not only take lessons from his journey, but learn the truth about former sex offenders, the law and daunting task of making one's way in the world when all the world is against you.

Once Fallen does not mean forever broken!
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7 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended September 22, 2010
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The first half of this book charts Logue's personal journey from his arrest, to his time in prison, to the time after his release living as a registered sex offender.

From what I gathered reading the first part of this book the man is no deviant. He is hardly radical nor dangerous. He's certainly not a pedophile. He does not try to justify his actions. He embraces Christianity and God. He fully believes what he did was wrong and all he wants is forgiveness and to be given a second chance at life, but our society shows very little mercy to sex offenders, even ones as harmless and pitiful as Logue; a lonely guy who made a very silly mistake early in life.

The author is a Christian and he does mention bible verses in various points through the first half of the book, but it is not directed at the reader, I did not feel like he was trying to convert me. He simply describes how religion played a role in his personal journey, mainly as a way of coping with life after his arrest.

The second half of the book is where all the juice is, all the research and facts that disprove all the popular myths about sex offenders peddled by the mainstream media and famous child advocates like John Walsh. The author does an excellent job of showing how ineffective the sexual registries and residential restrictions are and how incompetent politicians who pass these laws are.

It's unfortunate more people don't pay attention to this issue. It's in serious violation of human rights and the constitution. I'm sure we'll be reaching critical mass soon enough. As the author warns near the end of the book, we are headed down the same road as Nazi Germany. Our civil rights are being seriously deteriorated in the United States, with the least amount of resistance being shown here.
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