posted on Oct, 14 2010 @ 12:12 PM
Child Molester -- The child molester is most often someone who is sexually attracted to adults, but may molest a young family member in a mala-daptive
attempt at meeting emotional needs. Many adults who molest a child they know were also abused as children, but could not or did not seek treatment for
problems such as severe an-ger, lack of empathy, low self-esteem, and feel-ings of inadequacy. Especially if treated, inces-tuous offenders are much
less likely to commit a new sex crime.
Pedophile -- Pedophiles are adults who are sexually attracted to prepubescent children. True pedo-philia is a relatively rare condition. With therapy
and behavioral management, many pedophiles can successfully control their behavior, just as alcoholics can successfully stop drinking.
Juvenile Offender -- A growing number of offenders are actually children themselves. The most com-mon ways for youths to wind up on the registry are
“Romeo and Juliet” relationships, “sexting” on phones or computers, or childish experimenta-tion. Juveniles are highly responsive to
treatment, and rarely re-offend as adults.
Predator -- Predators are violent rapists who snare and sexually abuse children. They often place themselves in positions of trust, authority, and
easy access to youngsters they do not know. Predators are usually not pedophiles, but instead enjoy inflicting pain. They have the highest reci-divism
rate (17%). Abductions by child predators are relatively rare.
Pervert -- "a person whose sexual behavior is consi-dered strange and unpleasant by most people"2
Facts about Registered Persons
2. Not everyone on the registry has committed a sexual crime. Streaking and public urination are both crimes that are admissible on the registry. One
man found himself on the registry for grab-bing a girl's arm to lecture her when she stepped out in front of his moving car!4
3. Plea agreements account for 95% of felony con-victions. Prosecutors, attorneys, and judges of-ten pressure defendants into pleading guilty to a
lesser offense to avoid jail, avoid a costly lawsuit, or support their families. As a result, people who might, in fact, be innocent of a sexual
crime, will often plead guilty to the charge.5,6
4. The U.S. Department of Justice states the 3-year recidivism rate for sex offenders (rape or sexual assault) is only 5.3%.7 5. Treatment can reduce
sexual recidivism over a 5 year period by 5 - 8%. This may seem small, but consider this: There were about 210,000 rapes and sexual assaults in 2004.
If only 100,000 of the perpe-trators had undergone treatment, this could have been reduced by 5,000 to 8,000. "Thus, relatively small reductions in
sexual recidivism rates can have a notable impact on the number of victims, even if the reduction in sexual recidivism is not “statistically
significant.”8 6. Future recidivism risk can be reliably assessed using validated risk assessments and diagnostic tools. Thus only those who
continue to be as-sessed as high risk need to be closely monitored more than a few years.
7. Support systems help to reduce recidivism. For-mer offenders need a stable home and work en-vironment. This is something their families need al-so.
Anything keeping them from support systems and accountability networks can be harmful.9 8. Re-offense rate averages: for auto theft 78.8%,
possession/sale of stolen property 77.4%, burglary 74.0%, armed robbery 70.2%, larceny 74.6%, sex offenses 3.5%.10
9. Online stalking and abduction are very rare. Adults pretending to be teens account for only 3% of internet crime, and most child victims meet
expecting to have sex.11
Facts about Public Registration
1. 93% of sex offenses are committed by someone not on the registry.9 Thus you could say the regi-stry is at least 93% ineffective!
2. 90% of sex offenses against children under age 12 are committed by someone the child knows (and almost half of these offenders are a family
member). In cases of sexual assault against ages 12 and older, 80% know the offender.12
1. Not all registered persons are the same.3 Yet the media and politicians constantly use words like pedophile, pervert and predator to describe all
3. Public registration requirements are creating a false sense of security. Law Enforcement re-sources have been stretched to the point where the
small percentage of high-risk offenders can-not be adequately monitored.13b 4. The cost of maintaining the registry and the my-riad other ineffective
laws targeting registered persons reaches hundreds of millions of dollars each year.9
5. “Megan's Law ineffective, study says. ... There is little evidence, despite the popularity of the sex-offender notification laws, that they are
effec-tive..” 13 Recent studies on sexual offender notifi-cation laws in New York and Arkansas reached similar conclusions.
Children on the Public Registry
1. More than a third of all child molestation is committed by children themselves. The U.S. De-partment of Justice finds the age with the great-est
number of offenders is 14.6 years old.14
2. A 2007 review of a longitudinal data set of three cohorts of youth in Wisconsin found that of men who had contact with police for a sex offense as
youth, only 8.5 percent had contact with police for a sex offense as adults.15
3. Our justice system applies a double standard: A child is considered someone under the age of consent, unless they are being prosecuted.16
Other Important Facts
1. Recent, reliable studies indicate that practically no child pornography offenders (.013%) are ac-tually at risk to commit contact sexual offenses
involving other children.17
2. Longer punishment-driven sentencing has not been proven to reduce recidivism; however the cost to house these prisoners is tremendous, at an
estimated $20-25,000 per year per inmate.9
3. Statistics show there is no rise in sex crimes during Halloween; kids are more likely to get hit by a car.18 4. SCOTUS ruled in 2003 that public
registration was a non-punitive civil regulation.19 Registration re-quirements have grown increasingly severe since then. Lawsuits filed across the
nation are forcing states to roll back their registration laws. Some state courts have ruled that registration is, in-deed, punitive. Others found
that lawmakers had taken powers that rightfully belong only in a court of law.20 Other state cases arguing similar points are still pending.
5. Residency restrictions have not been proven ef-fective at preventing child sexual abuse by regis-tered persons. In fact, by destabilizing this
group, the restrictions are more likely to cause harm than to prevent it.21