It is VITAL to the health and welfare of our young children and for all generations to come. Since the victims of child molestation grow up with deep emotional scars, many of them can become offenders themselves, and many will turn to drugs and/or alcohol to deal with the trauma. At the very least, the victims will continue to suffer needlessly for a lifetime, while the molester is released to offend again and again after only a short prison term.
As a general rule, child molesters do not "get better" and stop molesting children, and they do not stop victimizing children just because they spend 6, or 18 or 24 months in jail. There are tougher sentences in most states for UNARMED ROBBERY, for selling marijuana, for white-collar corporate crime, and for pirating a video ($250,000 fine and 5 years in jail) - than there are for raping and molesting children.
Child molesters are protected by too many churches, civic organizations purported to support children, universities and Pre K-12 schools, and also by the very nature of the ridiculously lenient sentences in many states. Public Service Announcements are routinely made on television to warn citizens about the upcoming release of “Dangerous Convicted Sex Offenders” into their community (usually child molesters). It is a commonly known fact that he/she is likely to repeat, but since the law says he/she must be released after their sentence has been served - the community has little option but to heed the warnings, guard their children and hope for the best. Often the molester is even granted an early release for “good behavior (which simply means they did not molest any more children while in prison).
As a nation, we cannot afford to NOT toughen these laws to keep these twisted “people” off the streets and away from our children. Child molesters are all-too-often among the first to be released due to prison overcrowding, when in fact, they should be the very LAST to be released due to the extreme danger they pose to our children. The time for taking appropriate steps toward protecting our children from these predators is long overdue.