Dr. Drew Exposes Americas Overuse of Predator Panic
Most everyone in AZ is familiar with Hunter Osborn, a 19-year-old student at Red Mountain High School in Mesa who exposed a private part in a picture of the school’s yearbook. His “case” was presented on the Dr. Drew show, the 4th of May, this year. The day after this show aired, ALL charges against this teen were dropped and not just the felony charge. So at least one more young life was spared from the government hit list.
The first thing Dr. Drew says on this broadcast: “…America is going out of their way to create ‘predator [padding]’: vilifying people for exaggerated definitions of sex crimes.” This statement should be the focal point for a huge portion of the Registry Reform discussions. I wish we could get Dr. Drew on board. In a sense we CAN by posting his video and by sharing the above.
The broadcast is at http://www.hlntv.com/shows/dr-drew/articles/2016/05/05/hunter-osborn-19-arrested-for-exposing-himself-in-yearbook-photo and another good story that podcasts the entire segment is at: https://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com/2016/05/az-derek-logue-on-dr-drew-4-may-2016.html – the first link omits about two minutes into the “setup” of the Hunter Osborn case.
When you listen to the broadcast replay, you can hear Dr Drew turn over to the guest with, “…and you call this predator panic, tell me about this.” In short, predator panic is the alarm and shock that people first feel when they hear about someone being on the Registry. Immediately the sex offender registry instills a somewhat scary and disturbing image of a child-predator or a disgusting pedophile who is living in your neighborhood. Yet when you listen very carefully, you will hear Dr. Drew surreptitiously slur the word, panic, just enough to enunciate the correct clinically accepted word for predator panic, which is “padding” or in essence, Predator Padding.
Padding is used in many psychology forums to define an over-use or profound usage of a situation that is blown out of proportion by its very name or representation. When I was in treatment we used this term to describe a condition where we disassociate the real meaning of what is at hand by creating an exaggerated view of our situation. Thus interpretation of that situation is out of control because it is so hard to define, correctly when we assume the worst.
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