Teen dating abuse in oklahoma
It was his first time at the library since 2006, when he moved back to his hometown.
Though free of the scarlet letter that changed his life, he still feels the stigma of one of the country's most reviled labels.
Stilwell, Oklahoma (CNN) -- As a teenager, Ricky Blackman carried an Oklahoma driver's license with the words "sex offender" stamped in red below his picture. As a Tier 3 offender on Oklahoma's sex offender registry, Blackman could not attend high school, visit the town library, or go to his younger brother's football games.
The offense occurred when he lived in Iowa, and the label followed him to Oklahoma.
But the label did more than limit where Blackman could go. Ricky was full of life and now he's definitely more cautious, more reserved." Now 20, Blackman tenses up when he sees children at a supermarket and avoids talking to girls his age, even if they initiate contact, his mother says.