Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fact vs. Fiction on Sexual offenders

unsuspecting children?
think this, the facts show a different story. Federal and State data show that most sex
crimes against children are committed by someone the child knows—either a family
member or close associate. Under 10 percent of sex crimes against children are
committed by a stranger. Sexual abuse of children is not typically committed by
Aren’t all sex offenders perverted strangers who sneak up and snatchAlthough news stories about gruesome crimes lead us to
fact the DOJ statistics show how many missing children were runaways (99% of
which return home safely, according to their statistics) and how many were abducted
by a family member. They don’t list the number abducted by strangers, because the
number is so small, as shown in table 3 of the NISMART-2 2002 Bulletin, “National
Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview.”
Aren’t most of the America’s missing children abducted by strangers? No, in
2002 U.S. Department of Justice study showed that 60% of the children abducted by
strangers or slight acquaintances during a 12-month study period
This statistical data relates to all abductions, not specifically regarding sex offenders.
Aren’t children who have been abducted by strangers typically murdered? Awere not killed.
crime (habitual sex offenders)?
recidivism (re-arrest) rates for tens of thousands of sex offenders show that 87 to
97% of all convicted sex offenders who have been released do not commit any more
sex crimes. Time spans in the studies ranged from 3 to 13 years. The offenders
included those who had committed crimes against children, as well as those who had
committed crimes against adults. A 1994 U.S. Department of Justice study of
recidivism of sex offenders versus other ex-convicts showed that 87% of sex crimes
during the study period were committed by someone other than a convicted sex
Aren’t all or most sex crimes committed by people formerly convicted of a sexFederal and State crime statistics and data on
the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics 2000 report, “Sexual
Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and
Offender Characteristics” show that a surprising 40% of reported sex crimes against
children are committed by other children (under the age of 18), not by adults. So not
all sex offenders are adults.
Aren’t all sex offenders warped or psychologically damaged adults? Data from
between the terms “sex offender” and “sexual predator.” According to Grubin and
and 13% of the population of sex offenders. Theses predators are likely to commit
other sex crimes. The other 87% to 97% of sex offenders are very unlikely to commit
any more sex crimes. This shows that not all sex offenders are sexual predators.
Only a small percentage of them are. These predators can be identified through
existing assessment tools. If these people are not incarcerated or civilly committed,
Once a sex offender, always a sexual predator. There is an important difference1 statistics, apparent sexual predators constitute somewhere between 2.5%
they should have the highest level of police attention, in order to protect the public.
The low-risk sex offenders are a different group with a different risk level and should
be treated differently, using programs outlined in this report. This approach will result
in significant cost savings without increasing risks to the public.
that the registry will list 'the most violent and predatory sex offenders'; however,
people caught up in this situation are most times given the appalling choice only
between 25 years to life if you go to trial, or accept a plea bargain. What they are not
told, is the plea bargain countless times includes the predator label and registering for
life. Unfortunately many times this includes one-crime one-victim, non-violent and novictim
(public exposure that was not even witnessed by anyone) offenders, even
those who were never officially charged or convicted of a sex offense and the severity
of the sentence and label depends highly on public and judicial attitude of the day.
Abuse of the Predator Label. The stated legislative intent of Megan's Law specifies

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