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ME: Residency restrictions for sex offenders offer false sense of security (Editorial)

Old Orchard Beach is considering placing restrictions on where sex offenders can live in the seaside, southern Maine community. While such restrictions could make residents and visitors feel safer, registries and limits on where offenders can live and work haven’t been shown to make much difference in their two-decade history. Instead, a heightened focus on treatment and rehabilitation would likely be more effective at reducing the horrific crime of sex abuse. Full Article

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Nice article. This is almost a piece of real journalism, as opposed to the standard fare of political hype, myth and outright fear-mongering. The author, for the most part, is actually speaking in factual truths. I do have a slight problem with the authors statement “sex crimes are under reported and many victims and their families do not pursue prosecution.” I’m still failing to understand or see how the author or anyone else for that matter could possibly know this; let alone make this statement if these incidents are not being reported. Perhaps if someone making this statement would actually… Read more »

Ironically, there are four phrases from the article that are exact duplicates of the content of my standard email I sent them after they first reported on the proposed ordinance. The letter is a boilerplate of those I send to news organizations that report sex offender issue-related stories. Coincidence? Or seeing the light? In any event, they never responded to me, but just seeing those phrases means that sending letters to editors directly, and not just putting out comments amongst the sheeple section, has greater impact. Since I send over a hundred or so a week, it has to get… Read more »

Thanks for your efforts. I think they make this statement because they are just parroting hype from other news sources that print whatever they are told to print, and sources that actually believe all of the lies.

I’ve always wondered that myself. How can you say with any certainty that something goes unreported if it’s never reported? And even more so, how do they come up with statistics on that?

As Bullwinkle used to say, “Watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat…”

I think the statement

“sex crimes are under reported and many victims and their families do not pursue prosecution.”

qualifies as ad hominem, as it seems to be an attempt to appeal to John Q public’s prejudices and emotions instead of intellect or sound reasoning.

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