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Parents for Megan's Law Not Helping Children

The issue of child sexual abuse is one of today's "hot-button" topics. When it comes to keeping children safe, factual information is essential.

Open letter to Parents for Megan’s Law and Laura Ahearn, Executive Director:

Your site is advertised as an advocacy for children focused on preventing sexual abuse.

Yet this, from your site, tells a very different story: “Most parents and community members believe that they are doing everything they can to protect children from sexual predators but the disturbing reality is that registered sex offenders are obtaining employment and volunteer positions across the country where they can have unfettered access to children.”

This tells me that your focus is on people who have already committed a sexual crime and have served or are in the process of serving the court-ordered sentence.

Why? All statistics and studies tell us that virtually all children who are sexually assaulted are not victims of an offender already registered. They are victims of those in their lives with whom they are comfortable: their family members, their peers—fully a third of those who molest children are themselves children and juveniles—and authority figures.

This is from the “FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Crimes Against Children: Abductions,” and deals with the odds of a child being taken for a sexual or any other purpose.

“In 2010… less than 1 percent of the abductors were RSOs.

“RSOs contribute to a miniscule part of the child abduction problem. In contrast to media reporting, the number of cases involving a registered sex offender is decreasing. In addition to the FBI reporting, NCMEC has revealed that there were no RSOs involved in AMBER Alert cases in 2009.

“Although abductors can vary in age, race, or physicality, the FBI assesses with high confidence that the majority of child abductors involved in FBI child abduction cases, CARD team deployments, and AMBER Alerts have a relationship with the child victim. Moreover, despite media reporting, the FBI confidently assesses that the majority of child abductions are committed by persons with a relationship to the child they abduct.” http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/august-2011/crimes-against-children-spotlight

If your real concern is the sexual harm being done to children, you have a responsibility to tell parents from where that harm has the far greater risk of coming and give them knowledge and tools to protect their children from the real threat.

RSOL--Reform Sex Offender Laws, Org.

www.reformsexoffenderlaws.com

RSOL promotes the elimination of sexual abuse and the preservation of civil rights for all individuals through the use of effective legislation based on empirical research. We envision sexual offense laws based on equal justice and respect for the dignity of all people, protection from retroactively applied punishment, and the establishment of fact-based laws and policies that protect our communities.

 

 

 

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BarT February 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM
In NY, Abby Berkheimer, a 33 year old librarian, who most likely passed all her background checks, was charged with rape. She had a six month affair with a 15 year old boy. If he wasn't a victim before, he certainly will be now as our justice system rapes him and his family. How come the registry didn't protect this infant?
rwsmom February 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM
If we truly want to help protect ALL children, then groups like this should not be allowed to monitor registrants. We, as a society, have to remember that registrants have families and children as well. Children, by whom deserve to live their lives with BOTH parents and without fear of vigilante hate crimes. There are over 750,000 registrants in this country. Children who have a loved one on the registry most likely will not be allowed to have birthday parties, childhood friendly outings, both parents attending school functions and/or other school activities. These hundreds of thousands of childrens' addresses are listed on a public shaming list for vigilantes to harrass and ostracize. More children and families are placed in harms way by these laws and restrictions, than the laws protect. womenagainstregistry dot com
Tommy Andersson February 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM
While I agree on general facts about RSO's, this post has two flaws, as I see it. Firstly, there's the comparison of e.g. a former SO working with and around children. For example at a day care. Although I don't know how that would be possible. But this is compared to child abductions, which are known to be extremely rare, when it's involving a sex crime as well. The other flaw is that the FBI link is broken. It directs to "http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/august-2011/crimes-again%20st-children-spotlight". Note the space. The correct, working URL is http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin/august-2011/crimes-against-children-spotlight
Shelly Stow February 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Thank you so much for supplying a working link. No comparison was intended or implied. The reference to working around children is in a quote taken from the PFML website and used to show the focus of the organization, not to present a comparison.
vahall February 16, 2013 at 06:45 PM
How is it that an organization whose mandate is advocacy for children focused on preventing sexual abuse, has been placed in charge of monitoring a large group of heterogenous ex offenders? I understand there are over 200 crimes which can result in a requirement to register as a sexual offender. Some of these crimes did not involve another human being at all, others did not involve a child. Not all so-called sexual crimes even have a sexual component. It seems that in addition to having a stated agenda, as the article points out, this organization's focus is limited to children. Another organization with less of a vested interest and a broader focus might be a better candidate to properly oversee the challenging issues of this diverse population.
Tommy Andersson February 18, 2013 at 03:24 PM
You're welcome. I see. They are contradicting themselves, as they don't know about the facts who most offenders are... But the statistics you provide only confuses. At least myself. So it's their oblivion to facts met with something that isn't, IMO, entirely relevant as well. And I'm just thinking it can miss the target, mentioning abductions, when they are talking about something quite different. I was more expecting to see statistics about RSO's.
Tommy Andersson February 18, 2013 at 03:32 PM
The problem is that practically no one is interested neither in saving children or in having an objective agenda. It helps to proclaim children as "the main target", because it stirs up emotions within everyone, and in that way, they can win anyone over, to support whatever agenda the organization may have. How else do you explain that they go on doing what they do and even if it's totally ineffective and even has devastating effects, they can get away with it and continue receiving support and funds? I find it quite amazing that no one is capable of seeing through all of this. But that's society today; if you question anything about it, you are either a monster yourself, or you are one who embraces monsters and neglect "the victims". Funny thing is, that the victims are created by these organizations. So they are the monsters.
Valerie Parkhurst March 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Ahh the never -ending "pro-sex offender blogs that attempt to always diminish the efforts of those (without a conviction) for a sexually based crime versus those who DO. Its tiring and your group needs new material ..
vahall November 09, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Back at you, Valerie, with the "tiring and needs new material"comment. Glad to see your spelling is improving.

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