This is a project I'm working on right now locally, and I'm curious to see what you guys think of it, because I'm getting mixed reactions on it.
Basically, I had a concept stemming from the idea that most rapists are repeat offenders, and I wonder how many people just don't know a rapist is living in thier neighborhood. So I began a flyering information project with a team of a couple other rape advocates. Basically what I did was design and print up an eye-catching flyer that detailed the offense (obviously, no victims named or identifying details) the rapist's name, address, location, and offender status, and the flyer can be modified to just insert different rapists' names and information in there. The plan is to flyer heavily in a extended circle around the rapist's home, probably at nighttime: hit every mailbox, wheatpaste the telephone poles so everyone walking by sees it; plus, you can't really get wheatpaste off a telephone pole. post flyers in heavily trafficked areas. et cetera. basically make it KNOWN that a rapist is living in the neighborhood. knowledge is power, y'know? not everyone knows about the sexual offender registry, or keeps track of the police reports in the paper. what i'm using is generally already public knowledge.
I guess I'm wondering if you guys think I could get arrested for harassment, or if this type of project would be covered under right-to-know guidelines. hell, I can't really afford bail and neither can the other girls. I could go to the police and ask, I guess, but if they say no I think we're planning to do it anyways, and I would rather they didn't know who we were if it does happen to be illegal. :)
then there's the people that say that we could be ruining the rapist's recovery and quality of life and it's not ethical. I guess it would be safe to say that I don't really give a shit about ruining the quality of their lives, but I dont want to provoke an offender to the point where someone gets hurt.
I'd love any feedback/suggestions/ et cetera.