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Halloween: When Sex Offenders Are the Scariest Ghosts

Why do we scare ourselves about how much our kids are at risk? Full Article

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  1. Eric

    Last year in our area three kids were run down and killed in crosswalk by a drunk driver on Halloween. So why are bars open on Halloween? Why is alcohol served on Halloween? I mean, it is all about protecting the children right? I don’t know of any people on the registry EVER having harmed one trick-or -treeter on Halloween.

    • TS

      @Eric

      All you have to do is address the local council with the facts of this matter and ask them to pass an ordinance or law to close all bars or serve alcohol only after a certain time when trick or treaters will be home counting their haul, possibly put up more DUI check points, or put up more seat belt checks (which could lead to DUI checks as a matter of circumstance) in the local area to help deter the youngsters from being death statistics on Oct 31 due to DUI. You could add the points about registrants and Halloween but I would not. Force them to decide what is more important – chasing a ghost with no data points or a true goblin that has proven to kill people through a proven track record which outpaces the aforementioned ghost.

      This will get the bars and restaurant community to reply in protest, but could get the outdoor light and sign compliance checks left in the dust if the LEOs are checking for DUIs or seat belts or force overtime payments to supplement the force to do both.

      If they zig to make registrants come to a central point to gather for a certain time period Oct 31, then zag by saying that is unlawful detention (as discussed here recently) for those who are off paper and only have to register because of the system.

      Frankly, I don’t see DUI getting the attention on Oct 31 it should with kids (or even adults) walking about which is a shame.

  2. AJ

    “The Registered Sex Offender (RSO) industry is worth billions of dollars. It depends on manipulating the public into thinking there are more dangerous people than there are; that they are all highly prone to re-offend; and that keeping track of them via a registry and restricted movements keeps us all safer.”
    —–
    Bingo!

    It’s good to see yet another article pushing the truth. Isn’t the same publication from whence frightening and high was later born?

  3. American Detained in America

    Considering psychologists help promote the lies that landed us with so many absurd laws, it’s awesome to see this in Psychology Today! This article needs to be shared everywhere!

    • Dustin

      Agreed, particularly since Psychology Today was the source for Kennedy’s erroneous “frightening and high” claim. Pointed that out in the comments on the article itself. Suggest everyone else do the same.

  4. Tim Moore

    People don’t care about statistics about how their kid may be harmed. If they did, they would not dare allow their kid in a moving vehicle. They care HOW a kid may be harmed. People’s brains are wired so they confuse how intensely they fear an outcome with the likeliness of the event happening. I know, because I am like that. We are afraid of the dark, because it feels unfamiliar. You won’t have too much success making someone drop their fear of the dark, or of flying, or of a certain type of person by stating statistics. You can make the dark familiar by holding a trusted friend’s hand. Then the dark becomes more familiar, and the brain is calm enough for statistics.

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