If you are on the registry and have been offense free for a year or more, we hope you will participate in this project. We will screen and post the stories that seem to most advance the goals of the project.
This 700 word “snapshot” of your life should capture the best parts of your life, the contribution you make to society and, if appropriate, your family life. You can briefly mention your conviction, but the focus is on your life NOW, and the lives of people you care about. The goal is to provide encouragement to other registrants and break the stereotypes that hold registrants down.
The published story must include either your full name or your first name and middle initial, and an interesting photo or two of you. We will ask for additional information which we will keep in confidence. Here are some questions to ponder as you write your piece. You may select one, several, or none of them for your story. They are just a guide to get you started.
- What are the things in your life today that bring you the most happiness?
- What is the best thing you are doing with your life right now?
- Are you in a committed relationship? Have children at home?
- Are you involved in your community in a positive way?
- Have your received any awards for community or military service?
- Are you employed?
- If you wish, share any feelings or thoughts you might have about your conviction.
- What about being on the registry has caused you or your family and friends the most harm?
- What is the best and worst moment you have had since being on the registry?
- What are you most proud of accomplishing despite being on the registry?
- Is there something else about you that other people might find interesting (e.g. a special event in your life, special accomplishment, interesting background, etc.)
I’M READY TO TELL MY STORY
Contributors must READ AND SIGN our agreement before they submit a story. If you have not done so, please READ NOW, and “sign” by creating a profile at the bottom of that page.
Once you have created your profile and logged in, come back and CLICK HERE to submit your story.
NEED A PAPER COPY for someone with limited internet access? CLICK HERE to download a PDF version to print and share.