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Bahamas: ‘Don’t Let Public See Sex Register’

The country’s leading counselling and advocacy services provider for abuse victims does not want a sex offender register to be made public.

Dr Sandra Dean-Patterson, director of the Bahamas Crisis Centre, said a public register would be ineffective and would lure people into a false sense of security.

Her comments when contacted yesterday came after the government published draft regulations for a sex offender registry earlier this month on its website. Full Article

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It doesn’t matter what works best, Sex offender registries are created and implemented to be vindictive, punitive, period. .

Yeah…that’s how it started off for us. They racked up the numbers, slapped a “Dangerous and High” quote to our boat, then sent us all out to sea. I would hope other countries don’t make the same mistake ours did. People lose their job here and that’s the end of the road for many that do not have anyone else to fall back on to recover. They walk back into their former place of business and shoot anyone they can because they have checked out.
There’s almost a million of us here. Many of us face that end of the line scenario everyday. I’m not sure what it’s going to take to open peoples eyes, but I hope for everyone’s sake it doesn’t have to get worse before it gets better.

“Most countries with sex offender registers do not make their registers public” – most countries do not have a sex offender register to begin with.

Because “First you want to look at what is the purpose of a sexual offenders register. If it is to manage sex offenders so they don’t reoffend, research is showing that it really doesn’t make much difference.”.

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