Consider participating in a Fearless Group for people on the registry, families and friends.
What is a Fearless Group?
Fearless Groups are self-sustaining support groups specifically for people on the registry and their adult family members and closest friends who are impacted by sexual offense laws. Fearless Groups provide a strong community for persons who find themselves navigating the labyrinth of challenges in life while on the registry.
Fearless meetings are an opportunity for people who are impacted by the registry to get together and offer each other support, share knowledge, and draw strength from each other. Fearless groups help us realize that we are not alone.
Fearless groups meet regularly, usually monthly. It is not about getting together to complain (we all know already how life on the registry can be!) but rather to help each other through the rough times, to share ideas on how to find happiness despite the registry, and to share our lived experiences as people who have learned to move forward under very difficult conditions.
Fearless groups are moderated by a group facilitator and generally involve an educational component as well as time to share. They are informal and are strictly limited to people on the registry and those who support them. Fearless groups have been implemented in several other states and have been well received.
For now, we offer virtual Fearless groups via Zoom. Our ultimate goal is to have a number of Fearless groups that meet face-to-face throughout the state. The meetings are not open to law enforcement or state-paid treatment professionals without permission from participants and only during any educational sessions.
Fearless groups are not meant to replace legally required treatment programs.