Describe a situation in which someone might be ostracized

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Describe a situation in which an individual might be ostracized from family, friends, a specific segment of the society, or the society at large. What would it take? What would happen? What are the possibilities for reconciliation?

Throughout history, ostracization has been used to punish the rule-breakers, the rebels, the un-lawful. The concept of ostracization has survived for over two thousand years, yet the premise has remained the same, to strip a person's social status in the community and push that person away. Today, it is increasingly difficult for a person to be ostracized simply as a result of the enormous number of people now populating the earth. Today, sexual offenders are the most likely casualty. A know sex offender is not allowed to blend into society, he/she is required by law to notify his/her neighbors, who most likely will seek to distance themselves from the offender. Kobe Bryant is a recent example of the effect sexual offenses have the public.

He has not yet been convicted of any crime, yet his sponsors, his employers, even his friends are beginning to distance themselves from him. Multiple sponsors have terminated the contracts with Kobe. Major corporations cannot afford to associate with rapists. The public reaction to sex crimes is often greater than the response to murder. Michael Jackson is a prime example of the public's reaction to sex offenders. Hundreds of people have openly expressed outrage at what Michael did, yet few have spoken about the most recent murder in Minneapolis. The Michael Jackson story took precedent before the murder story, claiming the front page on most major newspapers. This is not the first time Michael has been accused of this type of offense. Now, mention Michael Jackson, and the first word the springs to the mind of most people...