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The Disappearing Sex Offender (Opinion)

As a legislator, one of the biggest concerns I have is public safety. Keeping the public safe from the many dangers that are prevalent in today’s society is a challenge. One area of work I have spent a great deal of time on is keeping children safe from sex abuse. And unfortunately, I have found that there are too many things that are a false sense of security. One I have a big problem with is the sex offender registry. The research shows that sex offender registries don’t reduce recidivism. Full Opinion Piece

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This guy is F-ed up. Basically an OK article; however the guy has some deeply embedded myths running around in his brain. ” Think of sex offenders like cancer. There are all different types. They attack differently. They respond to treatment and punishment differently. They should all be taken serious but there are some that are more awful than others” Apparently this man believes even something that is not “sex” but is considered “sex” because some sick people that see “sex” everywhere they look convinced lawmakers to pass a law are a cancer that needs to be killed (this is… Read more »

I wonder if lawmakers realize that the existence of registries has increased the number of sexual abuse crimes that go unreported? *shrugs* Of course, that would only benefit them because it then appears that sex crimes are decreasing, when in fact, the are simply not being reported. They create their own success. *scratches head* (I guess I never thought of it that way before.)

Agreed. I wrote the author of this letter after his last editorial. This is his third one. While it seems he tries to highlight some of the issues with the registries and point out all offenders are not the same, he continuously sabotages his own articles with stupid, inaccurate statements and statistics as you have highlighted Q.

Quacks like this guy really need to cite statements like the mythical “unreported sex crimes” statement. I’ve heard this unreported sex crimes statement dozens of times and the numbers are never the same. It really sounds like one of those baseless pulled out of thin air claims used to convince lawmakers of the need for tougher laws concerning citizens forced to register; this is why this quack needs to cite his articles.

The “Out of 100 sex offenders…” statement threw me off too. After reading it a few times I realized that “sex offenders” in this context refers to those individuals that commit a sex offense. That would include those that are arrested and/or convicted for the offense and those that are not.

What bothers me is this guy can equate people to a cancer, which brings me to believe he’d have no compunction about killing the “cancer” people off.

He dances around the issue like he’s “in the know” but stops short of addressing the controversy out of fear of becoming part of it. Coward.

Paul Heroux is legislative cancer and is rapidly spreading to his most vulnerable victims; his constituents and the uninformed voter populace.

To: Q. I tried to find that usually obscure and usually inaccurate history of the “60 to 70 ” statistic. All I could find was a town meeting in Holder, Masschusits (typo) that took place on Feb. 8, 2007 where Robert Baker of the Sex Offender Registration Board barfed out to the crowded room of seventy people saying, “..the staggering statistic… 60 to 70%..will go unreported….” Got it from “The Landmark” regional newspaper. Why zit so hard to find this stuff ? However, the MOTHER LODE of statistics misused can be found at: WAR / SEX OFFENDER MYTHS dated 2013.… Read more »

Hi Two states east; “Why zit so hard to find this stuff ?” – “Because it doesn’t exist.” I suspect because it’s a BS at it’s finest; or worst, depending on your point of view. Here’s another one for you to check out; try to find one, just one, only one; documented instance where the “sex offender registry” has saved “just one child” from any kind of “sex crime,” or one instance where the sex offender registry has prevented anything, let alone a “sex crime.” I believe (because I’ve looked; a bunch of times) you’ll come up with another big… Read more »

Checked out “MOTHER LODE of statistics misused” and thank you. I had read this when it came out then forgot about it; I don’t know how I could have did that!!! This is some good stuff!!!!

“Out of 100 sex offenders, 60 to 70 go unreported.” I think he made a typing error, and means ‘sex offenses’. Lets say we accept his numbers of 60-70% unreported, even though in times more current than when this study was made the number could be even higher now due to the counter-productive laws which shame entire families and create more under-reporting by the victim if the victim was abused by a family member, which is common. Since we know registrants commit under 5 percent of sex crimes, it follows non-registrants commit over 95% of sex crimes. Since the crimes… Read more »

I hear what you are saying. I still think is’s BS because if something is not reported then just how; pray tell me, can these people possibly know and state numbers? They can’t; the fact that they do make these statements should set of the warning bells in anyone’s mind. It sounds to me like this quack is subtly trying to convey a false belief to John Q Dumb Sh_t that there’s a huge and largely unseen problem and little children are being terrorized by registrants, and you, John Q Dumb Sh_t need to do something about it the next… Read more »

Q said ‘ ““Out of 100 sex offenders, 60 to 70 go unreported” If something is not reported I always wonder if this statement is being made to keep people thinking that these unconstitutional registries are a good thing and still needed. They must be just making up a number they think sounds good.’ I think it was already pointed out that California registrant parolees are subjected to mandatory lie detector tests. And no surprise, the ones not sent back to jail passed with flying colors and not committing any more offenses. 98+% no new sex crimes. Whatever percent goes… Read more »

Lie detector tests have been proven to be “junk science.” The fact that the system still uses lie detector tests and seems to love these tests should alert anyone of the need to check and see just how credible these “unreported sex crimes” statements really are. They need to produce tangible evidence; not some number derived from “junk science.”

Dissapearing sex offender. Ha! If I could buy a gun and disappear into the bush of Alaska without having to worry bout being a fugitive for failing to register I would be gone. If it wasn’t for my son and grandson I probably would do it anyway just to get away from this weak cowardly draconian thing people call society.

To: Q. Thank you for going to Derek’s statistics. It’s amazing the help he has provided over the years.

You know, if I got in a bar fight with the Runners, I sure would want Derek by my side….

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