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No evidence of more sadism, sex crimes during Halloween

Every year, parents nationwide are vocal about the dangers of Halloween. Child abduction, poisonous candy and cryptic messages and pranks from Halloween sadists are just a few of the concerns expressed each year by 24 percent of parents with children under 12 years old, according to a 2011 Harris Interactive poll.

However, empirical evidence doesn’t validate such concerns. Full Article

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This is all propoganda! ALthough, the most disturbing part about all of this is who thinks of these things? I mean, why is law enforcement or legislators thinking of these things? Anyone with any intellectual capital would realize that the recidivism of Sex Offenders is almost non existent? Money? Job Security? People are definitely more prone to getting shot during the 4th of July then being attacked during Halloween? Or, how about the risk of getting hit and killed by a drunk driver during Thanksgiving or Christmas? Its becoming increasingly disturbing to think that the only thing we see on… Read more »

Good Article. I would like to see this information on the CBS, NBC, ABC, and Fox networks!
Those entities that profit from spreading fear and hysteria by promoting themselves as “saviors” from the “menace” are not going to stop. The public needs to be educated to stop swallowing the myths.

USA you asked what is next. Well they could start tattooing registry numbers on our fore arms. Sound familiar?

Funny how everyone is always in such a state of panic over things that don’t happen. I’d like to see a story with a twist like how sex offenders are more likely to be victimized by your chikdren on halloween because they are the targets of vandalism and vigilantism. Both sides of the coin could feel safer if people just watched their kids instead of believing that the government/police can prevent someone from doing what they want to do.

This is a new perspective. Thanks for sharing!

They could try to stop you from saying anything negative about the registry laws. Hey, everything else I feared would come true, has.

Halloween is tomorrow and the gestapo came to harass me again. This make 3 times this year! The funny thing is, I live in a rural area. No kids trick or treat around here because the distances between houses is too great and there are not that many houses. They all go to the next town which is more urban and I would suppose the candy flows freely and they can score big time! I watched as one cop walked the perimeter (2 acres) of the property and as the other ones (in an unmarked car) spoke with my neighbors.… Read more »

Wo wo wooooo …..what’s next is bringing back the WWII air raid era sirens……loud and clear …..extra loud…….someone on registry …….air raid siren gets everyones attention and scared.

As Mike pointed out the fear goes both ways. There may be kids either playing a joke or on instructions from parents to attempt to manufacture a contact between a minor and a registrant on Halloween. I know of one attempt, although it wasn’t on Halloween. You can just as well say that the Halloween bans protect registrants from such a situation. It’s just as harmful for us to be afraid of our neighbors as they are of us. This is because of very irresponsible approach to law enforcement. What do we have to fear, but fear itself?

Tim; there will be accusations, inuendos and manufactured lie’s about us because of the public registry. I always have proof of where I was at any given time, either receipts, other people or places. I keep everything, just in case…

It’s a combination of the hysteria that exists all year long as well as a historical tradition of irrational fears during Halloween. The history shows superstitious hysteria directed at pagans and witches, and more recently supposed people trying to poison candy or put razor blades in candy. X-ray machines were actually put into production to scan the candy in the 80’s I thin kit was, to appease the hysterics. All this despite the fact no evidence of poisoning or razor blades existed until AFTER they media picked-up on the hysteria. And, in that case, it was still only a couple… Read more »

I think our government has changed its approach to crime in recent years. In our case it is more about social engineering than about finding evidence, then pursuing a criminal. I came across a word that I saw on the book list on this site and looked it up. It’s “panopticism” and it describes the registry very well. It’s about putting a group of people in an actual or virtual “glass cell”, where the individuals will feel that they are being watched all the time by the governing authority, but they can’t see the watcher or their fellow cell mates… Read more »

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