Halloween is here again. I have just finished another media interview about the dangers of Halloween. This interview was initiated by a newspaper reporter in Tennessee and follows a long string of interviews by newspaper, radio and TV reporters.
During each of those interviews, I did my best to turn the focus of the interview from the Halloween myth that registered citizens sexually assault children who are trick-or-treating to the real danger of Halloween – pedestrians being killed in car accidents. Despite those attempts, the articles and reports that were subsequently produced continued to repeat the Halloween myth.
To my great surprise, I read today a newspaper article that uncovered a Halloween Hero. His name is Gregory Hicks and he is the Law Director for the City of Warren, Ohio.
According to a newspaper article, Mr. Hicks told council members this week during a public City Council meeting that there is not an increased likelihood of registrants accosting children on Halloween. He made these remarks after a member of the council proposed a new ordinance that would prevent registrants from decorating their homes and doing anything that would attract children to their homes.
Mr. Hicks also stated, “There are those who may argue that such laws are worthwhile if they prevent just one child from being victimized. The burden placed on law enforcement to enforce such laws would be better allocated addressing more probable lawless events, including vandalism, theft, assault and traffic enforcement.”
Not content with those statements, Mr. Hicks went on to quote real Halloween facts from a real Halloween report, published by the Association for Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), that “children ages 5 to 14 are four times more likely to suffer injury or death caused by a pedestrian-vehicle accident during Halloween than any other time of year.”
Thank you, Mr. Hicks, for speaking the truth. You are our Halloween Hero!
— by Janice Bellucci
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