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Does the sex offender list skew perception?

Someone mentioned in the thread about that poor kidnapped girl about how there are 160 registered offenders in that neighborhood. How do you know there aren't 160 unregistered offenders in your own neighborhood?

This registry makes people aware of a very small segment of the problem, one that exists whether there are any listed in their neighborhood or not. Most people ignore a simple fact, though, that the majority of those offenders committed their crimes with relatives. They don't go around snatching kids off the street, they find their grandkid or step kid or own kid.

It gives people incentive to go around condemning that girl's mother, while thinking their own kids are safe because they hold their hands. It doesn't change the fact that their own kids are most likely to be assaulted by someone they know and more likely to be struck by lightning than be abducted by a stranger - registered or not.

 
NotPanicking

Asked by NotPanicking at 12:27 PM on Oct. 22, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (13)
  • Yes.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:24 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • hmm good point NP it is true that it is usually a relative or family friend...
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:29 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Also, some of those sex offenders did something stupid at 16-17-18, like having sex with their younger girlfriend and they were charged with statatory rape.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:31 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Tyfry, on the offender registry in my area, it specifies what the conviction was for. That really helps differentiate the statutory people from the assault-and-battery rapists, or child molesters. I would imagine that in most states that is how the registry is set up. May take a little time to dig, but if you go to your state's Bureau site, you should find that info.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:33 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • same here anon well for most it does
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 12:36 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • very good point NP.
    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:37 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • Anon 33 that is exactly how our State does it. You can look up exactly what the offense or offenses is or was.
    TBandNCmommy

    Answer by TBandNCmommy at 12:39 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • If you use familywatchdog it gives you their address, work address, most recent mug shot and a list of convictions, but it still doesn't tell you who they assaulted.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • NP, I agree 100%. MOST molestations occur by family or trusted friends. MOST kidnappings are done by family. MOST children are murdered by family or friends.

    The sex offender registry, while somewhat useful, doesn't protect you from people who haven't been caught, and those people are the one's you probably trust with your kids.

    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 12:45 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

  • All children do crazy sometime dangerous things in their lives. Seven year olds minds will not allow them to think about consequences. Swimming in a pond, what if it's too deep. Thank you God for protecting my sisters and brothers and me from our dangerous actions as a child. We went without supervision many times.

    Why not push for harsher punishment for the rapists. Think about it, if they knew that the parts of the body that made their actions horrific are going to disappear, I bet they would think much harder. We need harsher punishment for anyone who harms innocent children.
    skrush

    Answer by skrush at 12:50 PM on Oct. 22, 2009

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