Amendment to the "Sex Offenders Act 2001"

Amendment to the "Sex Offenders Act 2001"

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Amy Dye started this petition to The Minister For Justices and

To my friends, family and the people of Ireland I need your support.

I have decided to waiver my right to anonymity in order to raise awareness as well as campaign for an amendment to the Law surrounding the “Sex Offenders Act 2001” which will be for the greater good of the people of Ireland.

The act currently allows sex offenders to appeal to be removed from the sex offenders register after a certain period of time depending on the length of their prison sentence. For example, if a sex offender has served a 6 month in prison but no more than 2 years, they can appeal to be removed from the sex offenders register 10 years after their release. If the offender receives more than a 2 year sentence they may remain on this indefinitely, however, this can be appealed after 10 years of their release.

When a convicted sex ofender appeals to come off the sex offenders register the victim is not notified. My proposal is that the victim should be notified when their offender is going through the appeals process so they can have the opportunity to contest this if they choose to do so.

In May 2017 I had the opportunity to contest my offender’s appeal in court. At the time this was not reported on as it was held “in camera” to protect my identity. In my case I was very lucky to find out by chance that the offender had submitted an appeal to be removed from the register. Upon finding out this information I contacted An Garda Síochána, who were extremely supportive and allowed me the chance to attend the court to contest this appeal. As a result, I was successful in preventing the offender coming off the register, however, they will be able to appeal this descision again in future and there is no legal obligation for me to be notified.

I will never be able to express the extent of my gratitude to An Garda Síochána for allowing me this opportunity. It gave me the closure I needed after 17 years to finally begin my healing process. The team I dealt with in An Garda Síochána were amazing, professional & extremely supportive. The care, empathy, and compassion they showed was like nothing I have ever experienced and the support that they provided throughout the process to ensure my voice was heard was outstanding.

Since the court case last year An Garda Síochána have implemented a process to take the “Injured Party” into consideration and notify them when similar cases arise. Unfortunately, this process is not legislated and therefore, I am campaigning for an amendment to the “The Sex Offenders Act 2001” for it to be compulsory for the Injured Party to be notified and allow them to contest the appeal.

Our right to contest should be legislated, and as survivors of sexual or violent crimes our voices will always matter.

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