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OH: Sex offender registries draw criticism from some unlikely sources

You might think that all advocates for rape victims would support the practice of forcing sex offenders to publicly register their addresses after their release from prison. But you would be mistaken.

Growing numbers of victim advocates and criminal justice researchers are among those who have concluded that sex offender registries are too costly and provide little or no protection to the public. Full Article

Also see:

Sex offender says registry amounts to punishment for life

Nearly three decades ago, ____ ____ was convicted of raping a 33-year-old woman. While serving time in prison, he was retroactively labeled as a sexual predator, a designation that requires him to report where he lives every 90 days to the sheriff’s department.

____ , 66, is one of several thousand Ohioans who have tried to challenge the state’s sexual offender registration requirements, contending that the publicly accessible registries amount to life-long punishment. Full Article

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  1. td777

    In the first article, it says “According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 70 percent of sexual assaults are never reported. Among reported cases, the network estimates just 2 percent of rapists are convicted and sentenced, making them eligible to be included on a registry.”

    Now there are some fudged numbers if I’ve ever seen them. If 70% of sexual assaults are never reported, then it would be impossible to put a number on it because they aren’t reported. Also, the idea that only 2% of rapists are convicted is sensationalism at it’s most extreme because they want you to believe that 98% of rapists are out there still roaming the streets…again, a number that is impossible to know!

    • Q

      Well td777, it’s nice to know there is at least 1 (you) other person that recognizes BS and lies when they see them. Someone needs to ask them to produce proof. They won’t be able to produce proof because what they say is not true/lies. It’s unfortunate that there are allot of stupid people out there that believe this kind of unprovable trash.

  2. mike r

    Yes if its estimated to be then how do you come to that conclusion. Where do they get their statistics and what is the source attribution. It’s in my first year engwr 101 that if you make a claim then there must be some study or research with its associated attribution. Any idiot that has taken engwr 101 would know this. Wat the hell is wrong with people.

  3. ab

    No sex offender registries only draw criticism from anyone who has concluded the ineffectiveness and counterproductive nature of registries in healing for offenders and victims alike. The continued publicizing of private matters not only reinforces negative stereotypes, it undermines opportunities for people in need to seek help let alone for help to be allowed to exist, and solidifies victims as the ultimate authority unless the victim disagrees with the law that they are a victim or is also the perpetrator in which case the victim is powerless. Problems are not prevented after the fact. The registry does nothing to address crimes to be committed tomorrow, in two weeks, six months from now, in ten years, in sixty four years, or at any point in the future. Want to stop the great great granddaughter of the richest person alive today from raping six people one hundred thirty eight years from now? Who cares if she or her parents are not born yet with 138 years to go it is more than possible to make sure whatever will push her over the edge is a non issue by the time it would be an issue.

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