AR: Bill would bar sex offenders from school events

​Allison Finley is the mother of a sexual assault victim. “We found out some years later because my child could not verbalize at two and a half [years old] what had been done,” she explains. The attacker is in prison but the impact continues. Full Article

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I can understand Ms. Finley’s concern for her child, no child deserves to be attacked, but what she is doing is projecting her venom towards her child’s attacker at an entire group of people/ registrants, who may have committed very different crimes, including non-contact, non-violent crimes.
If those on the registry are out and about in the world it means they’ve paid for their crime and they deserve all the rights that anyone else is afforded.
All offenders are not all “sexual predators” as Ms. Finley would have you believe, their crimes are not all the same. Does she realize public urination, skinny dipping, kidnapping, inadvertant downloading can all get you on the registry? Do these people deserve her wrath? They didn’t harm her child.
Most child sex offenses are committed by a close friend or family member of the child, not a stranger? Does Ms. Finley think that everyone who has been “labeled” by society is going to take aim at her child?
Does she realize there may be murderers and thieves who have served their prison time that are attending her child’s school functions? Are they any more or less of a threat when attending a school function?
We don’t live in a bubble, people make all kinds of mistakes, they pay for them, then they try to get on with their lives. More laws and ordinances that trample on the rights of those who have served their time, is not the answer.
Ms. Finley has every right to spew her venom at her child’s attacker, whether that was a family member, friend, or stranger, but when it comes to the rest of us, stay out of our business.

My child was attacked so let me overreact and support legislation that is based solely on emotion and conjecture. Brilliant.

oh BS! when is this nonsense going to stop!

they act as if being victim of such an act is so damn traumatizing no one can get over it. Try being a resident of Aleppo to understand trauma

How would this bill have prevented Allison Finleys two year old from being molested? What exactly is the ratio of school kids being molested on campus by registrants vs. teachers, coaches, yard officers, and other students? I suppose the old argument here would be “If it saves one child… than it must be good?” Purely anecdotal.

Anyone see a way to comment directly at the article? If I click on the “comment” button (a “quotation box symbol”) on the left, it does nothing. You can click on the “envelope” button there to “e-mail a friend” so I did that to e-mail to the author.

But that is couched with the acknowledgment that official statistics reflect only offenses that come to the attention of authorities and are a diluted measure of reoffending.

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Hitler.

This story is quite disturbing for the implication of a “two-and-a-half year old” who, presumably, made an allegation “years later” after learning to speak. Disturbing, because there is no evidence of anyone remembering anything from that age, none whatsoever. There MAY be memories that can be retrieved from three-and-a-half but for most people it is around four. And this says nothing about the plasticity of memories, especially of very young children who cannot fully distinguish reality from fantasy.

So, the idea that there is someone who has been convicted on that basis is very disturbing.

Here’s some video of the woman who has the now-speaking and articulating child: