Sex Offender Registries
I posted about Maryland’s Halloween policy for sexual offenders a few days ago.
Sunny, from the Smashed Frog blog, visited People You’ll See In Hell and expressed her opinion that we are “uninformed.”
It’s always nice to have the opportunity to educate the uninformed.
Read the Human Rights Watch report, No Easy Answers, and pass it along.
We need better answers.
Be part of the solution.
I certainly enjoyed Sunny’s post, but I feel that Sunny is also utilizing the same scare tactic that she’s claiming “the politicians” are using.
The law allows sexual offenders to relocate themselves on Halloween. It also allows sexual offenders to request the ability to not post a sign on their property, providing they have a good reason to do so. “Suzie and Joey” will undoubtedly have a good time on Halloween, because there are allowances made in the law to address those issues.
If a sexual offender has his children living on the premises, hopefully he will be upfront and honest with “Suzie and Joey” and explain to them that his predilection towards predation is wrong, and not try to make excuses about why he did what he did.
The trick isn’t to eliminate sexual offender registration. The trick is to get the right people registered and enable the registrations to provide some good to the community.
Regarding the statistic that sexual offenders are usually someone the victim knows, I’d agree with that completely. The sexual offenders and the pedophiles know that it is much easier to get what they want when the parents think they’re harmless.
Are registries misused? Yes, absolutely. Are they necessary? Yes, absolutely. Any tool that informs potential victims of risks in their surroundings has my vote.
Let’s talk about solutions.
Pro-pedophile activist groups are certainly pushing for an end to the ostracism by society of what they view as merely one of many sexual orientations and an end to the use of sexual offender registration lists. Their solution would be to have their activities and predations viewed as “normal” and for nobody to know who they are, so they’d have the best chance possible to find a “sexually compatible” child.
Do we, as a society, want to go with their solution?
People who have committed a sexual crime in the past, but who have made changes in their behavior and who have admitted their compulsions but taken steps to correct them, are also on the list. Is it fair for them to be on a sexual offender list 20 years after their actual crime? Well, that would depend on what they did, wouldn’t it? Let the judges and psychologists decide how long past an initial mandatory 10 year minimum an individual should stay on sexual offender registration lists.
Why 10 years?
Credit reporting agencies feel that someone who has declared bankruptcy should feel the effects of that decision for 10 years. While that person won’t have to put a sign on their door announcing their fiscal irresponsibility, they will be denied some of the finer things in life and will have certain limitations placed on them financially.
Are you going to be the person that tells a rape victim, or a child who has been molested, that the person who did it to them will be able to vanish into anonymity in less time it takes for a someone to recover from a bankruptcy? I’d like to be in the same room when you do.
There are people who don’t belong on sexual offender registry lists. I would imagine that there are quite a few who I would put into this category.
Those who have been put on the sexual offender registration list for some stupid act that wasn’t really part of their psychological makeup, like a 16-year-old football player who is arrested and charged with statutory rape for getting a blow job from a 14-year-old cheerleader, do not belong on the list. The solution for those people would be common sense and the ability for good judges to judge and not have artificial restrictions placed on them by politicians anxious for a few “tough on crime” votes.
While I’m sure Sunny is clever, and, given enough time, I’m sure would have a better answer for us, so far I haven’t seen much in the way of a solution coming from her direction. Maybe I missed something.
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