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Mother Behind Megan’s Law Speaks out Against Branding ‘Sexting’ Children as Child Pornographers

[Associated Press as quoted by Huffington Post]

The current insane trend of charging young people (usually girls) with various forms of child pornography for posting or texting sexual images of themselves has reached such a nadir that the very woman who brought about Megan’s Law (which forces convicted sex offenders to register their address with the state every ninety days) is now against it. The case that has caused such outcry involves a fourteen-year old girl who is being charged with ‘distribution of child pornography’ for posting 30 explicit images of herself on My Space.


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  1. Bill

    Cant have it your way, this is your baby and now you get to see how it effects all involved and how broad it goes.

    • Alec

      Indeed. This is why I tell people, beware the seeds you sow; it may sprout weeds, not flowers.

      Our culture is so fond if sowing poison, these days.

  2. Double A

    Abe Lincoln said, “The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”

  3. Nicholas Maietta

    I no longer care about Megan Kanka’s parents. They have hurt far too many people out by retaliating against those who did not hurt and killed her child. I was not the one who targeted, raped and murdered Megan yet the person who did it is not being held to the effects of these laws they created. I grew up in a time when the person who committed a crime was the one held accountable. I hope that child’s parents burn in hell for what they’ve done to me and 800,000+ families.

    • Tim Moore

      Ditto, Nicholas. The Kankas haven’t protected one child with their law, but made life miserable for thousands. When they reach this revelation, I will listen.

    • Benny

      To the parents of Megan…….
      Matthew 7:2-4
      “For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?”

    • Q

      Amen to that.

  4. NPS

    This is a very old article first published in 2009 and updated in 2011. I wonder how Mrs. Kanka feels today now that more teens continue to be charged for CP, forced to register, and will be the bearer of the scarlet letter on their passports. All in the name of her daughter whom she failed to protect.

    • Sam

      I had wondered this as well since only the husband and son were at the news conference

  5. TS

    Megan’s mother, Jacob Wetterling’s mother and John Walsh ought to get together for tea or coffee sometime and discuss what they have done to the USA and world.

    • TS

      Maybe extend an invite to Dru Sjodin’s mother also.

    • Ron

      They think they are gods gift to the world.. they are too busy being bitter. My nephw passedd away in January before he turned 20. I was bitter, too. But I didn’t blame chastise the whole world because of it and punish people who had NOTHING to do with his untimely death. Bad things happen to the best people.. and everyone else too. I miss you so much Dakota!!

    • Sam

      Wetterlings mom already realized the error of her ways a while ago

      “Yet over the course of two decades immersed in the issue, she found her assumptions slowly chipped away. Contrary to the widely held fear of predatory strangers, she learned that abductions like Jacob’s are extremely rare, and that 90 percent of sexual offenses against children are committed by family members or acquaintances. While sex offenders are stereotyped as incurable serial abusers, a 2002 Bureau of Justice study found that they in fact have a distinctly low recidivism rate of just 5.3 percent for other sex crimes within three years of being released from prison.”

  6. Ron

    copied and pasted DIRECTLY from the Familys foundation page for their daughter….

    Richard and Maureen Kanka thought that their daughter Megan was safe. The Kankas had lived for fifteen years in quiet, suburban Hamilton Township, New Jersey. A family of five, they worked hard, paid their taxes, believed in God, charity, and the goodness of others.

    On July 29, 1994, Richard and Maureen had their lives shattered when their 7-year old daughter Megan was lured into a neighbor’s home with the hopes of seeing his puppy. Shortly after, thirty yards from her front doorstep, Megan Kanka was raped and murdered.

    ___THE MURDERER_______ (!!!!!!!!) had already served six years in prison for aggravated assault and attempted sexual assault on another child. “We knew nothing about him”, says Maureen Kanka.


    THE MURDER!!!! Why didn’t they make a list for all MURDERERS too? Or other crimes since then? IF their daughter hadn’t been MURDERED by a convicted MURDERER, She would have lived longer and may very well STILL BE ALIVE today… Let there be NO MISTAKE…. the MURDERER in him killed Megan Kanka… the RAPE.. that part was commited by the Sex Offender in him of who he was/is (don’t know if he’s still alive).

    HE never had to do any of what those of use who are on the list for very minor, in comparison things we have done in the PAST!!!!
    If we had been aware of his record, my daughter would be alive today.” Letters poured into the Kanka family home with offers of support and contributions to a memorial fund. The result of this tragedy was a nationwide law. A law that would give parents what they desperately wanted: the right to know. A law that would require notification when a convicted sex offender moves into a neighborhood. A law to protect our children.

    Passed hand-to-hand, over 400,000 citizens signed a petition demanding immediate legislative action on the law that had to be written-Megan’s Law. Within an unprecedented eighty-nine days, the New Jersey State Legislature passed Megan’s Law.

    Megan could have been anybody’s child. She was everybody’s child, a poignant symbol of the obligation that each of us has to make sure that children are safe in their own community and that every parent has the right to know when a child is in harm’s way.

    Much has been done to protect children. Much, however, remains to be done.

  7. Registry Rage

    Too bad you couldn’t leave comments on the HP article.

    Maureen, your dead daughter’s “law” has already destroyed more lives than you’ll ever know.

    Actually, you set up the environment that contributed to Megan’s death and you whined about “if I knew what lived across the street, my daughter would still be alive” to purge your OWN guilt and failure as mother.

    Unfortunately for you and Richard, circumventing my personal safety, security and privacy will not keep Megan from dying in vain.

    I really think you should talk to someone who can help you out with your fear-based paranoia.. along with your perpetual deep-seated hatred and blood-thirst quest for vengeance.

    Let it go.

    • Alec

      The presence of the registry would not have changed what happened in the ML case in the slightest. If RSO’s were truly inclined to do as people believe, they would have a national crisis on their hands. The lowest recidivism rate in the entire system proves otherwise.

      None of this was ever about that, though. They were hurt, and want to hurt in return. This is about vengeance, pure and simple.

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