I've been reading a few sites with tips on writing to penpal's. One of the things they all have in common is not to bring up, or ask about your penpal's crime. I received a letter yesterday from my penpal in Washington and he said that he wouldn't volunteer anything about his crime but if I asked that he would be honest with me.
Can someone shed some light on why this is? We all know that they are in prison and what they were convicted of. Maybe because I chose 2 penpals that say they are innocent that they have no problem talking about it, which makes sense.
My penpal in Washington is convicted of Rape. That's all it said. He told me that before I asked that I need to make sure that I really want to know. This tells me that I most likley am not going to like the details.
On one hand people here say to make very sure that you are willing to write to a person before you do and do your research. On the other hand, some people feel that googling someone or trying to find out about their crime is an invasion of privacy.
I don't know if a charge of rape can be given if it involves a child or not. I'm not sure if I could write to someone convicted of that. I don't want to ask him and then have it be something that I would have to stop writing him after he told me because that doesn't seem right to make him tell me and then drop him. I also don't want to NOT know either. I'm not really sure what to do here.