It’s that time again, Halloween, pumpkins, trick or treaters, candy, Stranger Danger news coverage and the registry police.
It’s hard to imagine that between law enforcement and the news media, what was once an enjoyable festive holiday for young and old alike has by all accounts been turned into a fictitious, stranger-danger, panic event of epic proportions for registrants.
All these years the public’s been led to believe that children are at an increased danger at Halloween because of registrants. (Somehow the fact that the highest risk to children at Halloween is being hit by cars, seems to have eluded them.)
We have public registry maps of where registrants live, children are given stern warnings from their parents “no trick or treating at that house.” The registry police show up at the homes of registrants, police cars and uniforms blazing on Halloween, providing entire neighborhoods with ring side seats to the annual Halloween safety checks of registrant’s homes. There are towns where registrants have been required to post signs on their front door or on the front lawn saying “No trick or treating here.” And, there are annual “round-ups”, detaining of registrants at jails during evening hours when children are out trick or treating. All this done under the guise of “keeping children safe from registrants.”
TV news spares no expense in misinforming the public that children are at a much higher risk to become victims of sexual abuse by registrants on Halloween than at any other time of year. Every year there’s grainy TV news coverage showing registry police knocking on doors of registrants, making certain registrants have their outside lights are off, that doors aren’t being opened to children, that no treats are being given out. Every year the “increased risk by registrants” myth is perpetuated by news and law enforcement.
Isn’t it time we start demanding that the news media show us the research and evidence they base their news reports on? This lie has been continued year after year, it’s time to put an end to it.
It’s time we challenge the news media.
It’s time for all those newspapers and TV channels that insist on perpetuating the myth of registrants being an increased danger to children at Halloween, to “show us the evidence.”
Before they write one more article or televise one more news broadcast about the increased danger of registrants to Halloween trick or treaters, they need to start providing their evidence. Are they just copying past erroneous Halloween news reports, assuming they must all have been true? Has anyone bothered to do any fact checking? Good journalism reports true facts.
I’ve researched the Halloween myth and I haven’t found any evidence anywhere that there is or ever has been an increase in offenses by registrants on Halloween. There don’t seem to be any facts, any statistics to back up what the news media and law enforcement have been reporting all these years.
It’s time for news reporters out there to “put up or shut up”, as the saying goes.
If there’s evidence to back up the claims of an increase in Halloween sexual offenses by registrants, where is it? It’s because of this continued news media misinformation that year after year, hundreds of thousands of registrants and their families have been denied the chance to participate in the fall holiday.
We’d all like to know where you got your research information. Come on, spit it out, we’re willing to take a look at it, if there’s evidence we’d be more than happy to acknowledge it.
But by the same token, if you find as many of us have found that the “Halloween Registrant Offense Increase” is nothing more than a myth, a malicious urban legend started and perpetuated by the media and law enforcement with no evidence to support it, then it’s time for the news media to come clean and set the facts straight. Admit you may have been wrong all these years, report the truth, even if it doesn’t make for a “sensational story.”
The public, and that includes registrants, have the right to expect fair, accurate and evidence- based news reporting, especially when the quality of our lives and those of our families depends on it.
Time to dispel the myth.