The Outspoken Offender Podcast

The Sex Offender Registry and Moral Panics

The Outspoken Offender Podcast
The Sex Offender Registry and Moral Panics
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A moral panic is defined as a widespread feeling of fear, often an irrational one, that some evil person or thing threatens the values, interests, or well-being of a community or society. It is "the process of arousing social concern over an issue," usually perpetuated by moral entrepreneurs and the mass media and exacerbated by politicians and lawmakers.
This interesting podcast looks at former moral panics throughout the years and compares today's moral panic against sex offenders, pedophilia, and the registry. Will this moral panic ever fade? Or are we witnessing a prolonged panic because of inaccurate statistics and the increase of parental fear?


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