Stricter Laws Governing Convicted Sex Offenders
I would like to see a change in the National Laws governing sex offenders. Currently we have a National Sex Offenders Registry however, I do not feel that is enough.
1) Not all citizens have access to the internet on a regular basis in order to check the online registry. I believe that law enforcement should be required to give public notice when an offender is released or moves into the area.
2) I have been unable to find any laws in regards to offenders who have children or become involved with a person who has children. I believe that Social Services/Protective Service should be required to do an investigation in homes of sex offenders, with convictions of charges against children/minors or particularly violent offenses, who have children, are involved with someone who has children, or live in a home with children.
3) Local and State Law Enforcement agencies should be require to do more in depth investigations into accusations of sex crimes. There are countless reports of offenders who had previous accusations against them but were not charged, due to lack of evidence etc, who later abused/assaulted other victims and/or had more victims come forward. If authorities had investigated more thoroughly these offenders may have been charged sooner and therefor would not have been able to victimize more people.
We needed to start doing more to protect our communities, families, and especially our children.
Below are sex crime statistics and a link to the website they can be found on.
Sex Offender Statistics
There are approximately 400, 000 registered sex offenders in the US alone.
Convicted rapists report that two-thirds of their victims were under 18 and 58% of those said their victims were age 12 or under.
In 1994 only one third of the victims said that they reported being raped to a law enforcement agency.
In 90% of the rapes of children under 12 years old, the offender knew the victim.
8 out of 10 rapists are released prior to trial.
61% of violent sex offenders have a prior record.
8 out of 10 sex assaulters reported that their victim was under 18. The median age of victims of imprisoned sex offenders was 13 years old.
24% of those serving time for rape and 19% of the ones serving time for sex assault were on probation at the time of arrest for rape or sexual assault.
28% of released rapists were rearrested within 3 years and charged for a new violent crime.
8 % of those are charged with another rape.
Released rapists were found to be 10.5 times as likely as non-rapists to be rearrested for rape and those who served time are found to be 7.5 times as likely as those convicted of other crimes to be rearrested for a new sexual assault.
The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children, most of who do not report the offence.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health, 1988.
About 60% of the male survivors sampled report at least one of their perpetrators to be female.
Source: Mendel, 1993.
About 95% of victims know their perpetrators.
Source: CCPCA, 1992.
It is estimated that approximately 71% of child sex offenders are under 35 and knew the victim at least casually. About 80% of these individuals fall within normal intelligence ranges; 59% gain sexual access to their victims through, seduction or enticement.
Source: Burgess & Groth, 1984.
Start helping protect more of our citizens from becoming victims of these terrible crimes or becoming victims again by strengthening local and national laws governing convicted sex offenders! Share with family, friends, even people you do not know! In order to get the response we need millions of signatures! Let's make a change we can be proud of!
Please consider the above suggestions for stricter laws pertaining to supervision of convicted sex offenders, public notice of changes in residence of sex offenders, and the investigation of reports of sex crimes.