Prevent Sex Offender Child Custody
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My infant daughter's father was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman when he forced himself inside of her while she was asleep. He then fled the country to Mexico in an attempt to evade prosecution. The laws in the state of Florida say he could have unsupervised time with my daughter following release from his incarceration. He has never even met the child, having been incarcerated to await trial when before she was even born.
Rapists can have unsupervised contact with children in the state of Florida. Let us propose that a new law be put into effect in the state of Florida that would prevent a Convicted Registered Sexual Offender from having custody of a minor child, regardless of relation, with the exception of those individuals protected by the "Romeo and Juliet Law". Florida needs a "Sex Offender Child Custody Act".
Let us also propose that a convicted sex offender may only have facility monitored supervised visitation of children under 18 and may not be granted any unsupervised visitation under any other circumstances.
Megan's Law provides the public with certain information on the whereabouts of sex offenders so that members of our local communities may protect themselves and their children. Registered Convicted Sexual Offenders are not permitted by law to be in any public area where children reside and yet here, in the state of Florida they are permitted legal UNSUPERVISED time sharing of minors.
A judge granting time-sharing of a child to a sex offender is placing a child to possibly reside with a sex offender, which conflicts with the protections of Megan's Law. This is a risk of danger to children. Child custody is supposed to be about the best interest of the child. The main focus of child custody is: Where will this child live in a safe and healthy environment that will promote the opportunity to thrive emotionally and physically? Placing a child with a registered sex offender unsupervised is an unnecessary risk to any child, regardless of relation.
These are many cases in the State of Florida. We must enact this law and start protecting children. We must not wait until after children have been harmed.
Please help my baby and all the families in this situation by getting involved. We are asking that you utilize your position in government and help us prevent a Convicted Registered Sexual Offender from having unsupervised time-sharing of a child, regardless of paternity, maternity, or other relation.
Below is info to help you better understand why NO child should live with a sex offender.
1) About 30% of perpetrators of child sexual abuse are FAMILY MEMBERS. (See https://www.nsopw.gov/en-US/Education/FactsStatistics?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
2) Analysis estimates that 14% of sexual offenders commit another sexual offense after five years, 24% after fifteen years
According to a 2003 National Institute of Justice report, 3 out of 4 adolescents who have been sexually assaulted were victimized by someone they knew well (page 5).
In the vast majority of cases where there is credible evidence that a child has been penetrated, only between 5 and 15% of those children will have genital injuries consistent with sexual abuse (page 2). (So it's difficult to prove it and save them from further abuse in the event that it is a parent)
Information above cited from:
In a very influential study by Abel and his colleagues, several hundred sex offenders were granted federal assurances of confidentiality so that they could disclose to the researchers their full sex offense histories without the possibility of that information being reported to law enforcement. On average, these offenders admitted to having many more victims and offenses than were known to the authorities.
Another study by Freeman–Longo and Blanchard yielded strikingly similar results, with significantly greater numbers of undetected deviant sexual acts than what were indicated in the official records for these offenders. Something else that was very noteworthy in this particular study was that some rapists of adult women reported that they had also committed sex offenses against children, and some child sexual abusers reported that they had also perpetrated rapes against adult women.
This is referred to as “crossover.” In other words, beyond what we learn about the actual numbers of undetected offenses and victims, we might also learn that there are additional types of deviant or criminal sexual behavior and the types of victims may be different than what is documented in official records. Some individuals have demonstrated problems with sexual deviance across categories of offending behaviors, such as engaging in rape of an adult women and the molestation of young children.
(Information obtained from the CENTER FOR SEX OFFENDER MANAGEMENT, A Project of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, Abel et al., 1987, Freeman-Longo & Blanchard, 1998)
In 1995, local child protection service agencies identified 126,000 children who were victims of either substantiated or indicated sexual abuse. Of these, 75% were girls. Nearly 30% of child victims were between the age of 4 and 7. 93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker. 34.2% of attackers were family members.
Intrafamily perpetrators constitute 1/3 -1/2 of all perpetrators against girls and about 1/5 of all perpetrators against boys and is more likely to go on over a longer period of time and is shown to have more serious consequences.
A study in three states found 96% of reported rape survivors under age 12 knew the attacker. 4% of the offenders were strangers, 20% were fathers, 16% were relatives and 50% were acquaintances or friends.
(U.S. Department of Justice. 2004 National Crime Victimization Survey. 2004., 1998 Commonwealth Fund Survey of the Health of Adolescent Girls. 1998., U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. 1995 Child Maltreatment Survey. 1995., U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. 2000 Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement. 2000. The National Center for Victims of Crimes)
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