Exiled in Canada: a sex offender finds refuge with Mennonites
[PLEASE NOTE: THIS EPISODE MAKES REFERENCE TO SEXUAL ASSAULT]
He's asked to be anonymous because he's worried that his family might be harassed — or even attacked — if we say his full name on the radio. That's because Michael is a sex offender.
He's committed sexual assaults on adults and children, boys and girls, and criminal psychologists have labeled him a high risk to reoffend.
Michael is nervous to talk with us, but he's doing it for one reason: to tell you about the people who reached out and helped support him as he returned to society. People who helped him when no one else would — a group of Mennonites from Regina, Saskatchewan.
Behind the 'Exiled' series
In this podcast extra we're talking with Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic. They've brought us documentaries over the past two weeks — both stories about sex offenders. Specifically, what it looks like to reintegrate a sex offender into society after they come out of prison. One doc focused on Canada and the other took us to the U.S. We've invited these guys here to talk about the backbone of these stories: academic research. Read more →