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NY: Sex offender awareness advisory board being pursued in Falls

A pair of city lawmakers say a continuing pattern of concerned inquiries from residents regarding the presence of pedophiles and other sexual offenders in city neighborhoods has pushed them to pursue the creation of an advisory board. Full Article

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  1. Facts should matter

    Notice how “Grass roots effort” is used in an attempt to provide a layer of authenticity and legitimacy to their claims and concerns. Also, “concerned citizens” is just code for angry mob with with pitchforks and torches.

    “Pedophiles and other sexual offenders.” Again, they’re using the street slang “pedophile” because it has a scary, negative connotation to it that helps further their agenda.

    This isn’t about “awareness,” it’s about looking good while doing nothing. Anyone that is a registry proponent has a misguided and dangerous savior complex.

  2. JoeHillsGhost

    “City Council Chairman Andrew Touma said lawmakers field recurring questions from “rightfully” concerned residents when they are notified a sex offender has taken up residence in their neighborhood. The committee would be an effort to create a standing body to answer questions and inform residents.”

    Why are people “rightfully” concerned when a registrant moves into their neighborhood? Is that because politicians like Mr. Touma provide no actual facts, but engage in endless fearmongering about dangerous sex offenders and “pedophiles?”

    Something like this could be useful if a few registered citizens would attend these meetings so as to help the scared citizens of Niagra Falls see people on the sex offender registry less as a danger to the community and more as part of the community.

    ‘In addition to connecting in neighborhoods, Lee said his group has evolved into a resource for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and other sex crimes, helping victims to find counseling and other therapy in their recovery.
    “That’s the big component there, the healing process,” he said at the time.’

    Considering how many instances of sexual abuse take place within families, or involve someone close to the victim, how can you help victims recover without also including registrants? Many families already go through therapy as part of the healing process, and many registrants are required to go through some form of counseling, so how does something like this help victims beyond what they may already have to go through?

    This seems to be more short-sighted, fear-based, policy that has not been fully thought out. But then again, what more should we expect?

  3. It doesn’t work

    This city’s sexual crime rate will not decrease one iota.

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