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Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry Works. Why Don’t Newspapers Report That?

A convicted child rapist is suing the state of Georgia to keep his name off the sex offender registry.  I wonder who’s paying his legal fees for this foolishness?  Jim Phillip Hollie was actually convicted of three separate sex offenses in Gwinnett County: one count of child molestation (5 yrs.), one count of aggravated sexual battery (10yrs.), and one count of aggravated child molestation (10yrs.).

He’s already being given the concurrent-sentencing free-pass: his 25-year sentence is already reduced to 15 to serve, ten on probation.  But apparently that’s not lenient enough: he wants more leniency.  Hollie is claiming that being placed on a registry is like extending his “sentence” beyond the maximum allowable 30 years.

Registration, and other restrictions placed on sex offenders, have been absurdly misrepresented by the media.  Reporters simply don’t write stories about registration working — though it works every single time an offender gets reminded he’s being watched or gets sent back to prison for breaking the rules.  That didn’t used to happen before registries placed sex offenders under scrutiny.  And, contrary to the activist-driven “scholarship” arguing that sex offenders aren’t likely to re-offend (in-depth studies and victim data and sheer common sense dictate otherwise), sex offenders do target one victim after another.  Does anybody really believe that people like Hollie wake up one day at the age of 32 and decide to rape a child, just this once, just out of the blue?

The truth about sex offenders is that they get away with many, many crimes for which they are never punished.  The truth about sentencing and the courts is that virtually every offender benefits from systemic leniency and a plea system that trades money-savings up front for public safety on the back end.  These truths, and sex offenders’ proclivity for recidivism, is why we’re resorting to band-aids like registration, and living restrictions, and involuntary commitment, when what we should really be doing is growing the courts and actually bothering to hold offenders responsible for all of their crimes.

Sex offender registration works every time a single mom looks up that nice-looking man from the apartment complex who asked her out and learns he’s been convicted of molesting his last girlfriend’s kids.  It works every time somebody applies for a job and the background check shows a propensity for sexual violence.  Yet there’s a news blackout on these types of stories.

Admittedly, it’s not the same type of story when a sex offense is prevented.  But when reporters take up the issue of registration, they behave as if the only case to be made is the “anti-registration” one.   They don’t investigate instances or the prevalence of offenders being sent back to prison — what they did to get caught this time, and all their prior crimes, not just what shows up in the prison records.  They don’t speak to the victims to learn what was left out of court proceedings.  They don’t ask if there’s a juvenile record.  They take the canned and highly selective sob-stories handed to them by activist groups and regurgitate them in a few lines.

They never acknowledge that the sexual assault rate has dropped since registration laws were passed — and this, from reporters who will swallow any vague claim about crime being related to the weather, or the economy, even after those flavors of correlation get disproved again, and again, and again.

Media bias against monitoring sex offenders leads to a lot of sloppy reporting.  Reporters routinely fail to check the real criminal histories of sex offenders they interview, taking the offenders’ descriptions of their own crimes at face value.  Virtually all youthful sex offenders appearing in news stories claim that they’re guilty of no more than “Romeo and Juliet” cases of statutory, consensual intercourse.  Reporters believe them and repeat their claims without calling the prosecutor and the victim to see just how “consensual” the incident really was.  Rapists start young and target young victims in their immediate surroundings: how many of those “statutory” cases are pleas down from a worse crime, or not even “merely” statutory at all?  You have to ask questions to get answers to questions like that, and with utterly uncharacteristic shyness, reporters don’t ask, don’t tell.

Even non-youthful offenders often make the “Romeo and Juliet” claim, and nobody seems to bother to, say, count off on their fingers to see if the ages and offense dates even match.

Reporters need to hold themselves to higher standards — heck, some kind of standard.  They need to start fact-checking actual offense and prosecution records whenever they describe an offender’s prior record.  They need to contact victims if they’re going to allow an offender to describe a sex crime as consensual sex.  Sure, doing this would be uncomfortable, but not nearly as uncomfortable as being the victim who reads in the paper that the man who raped her is telling the world that it was just some star-crossed affair.

But they won’t.  They’re so besotted with the idea that sex offenders are the real victims — victims of society — that they approach issues like sex offender registration with blinders on.  Remember the utterly manufactured “homeless sex offender” debacle?  Not one news organization had the integrity or standards to corrected their misreporting of legal facts, or the real criminal histories of the offenders they profiled, or any of the other published inaccuracies confabulations in that activist-invented crisis.

In a related story, Georgia officials are reporting that they can’t find “nearly 250” sex offenders who are supposed to stay in touch with officials in metro Atlanta.  250 absconded sex offenders, breaking the law and evading authorities.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this utterly bizarre coverage:

Nearly one-tenth of the area’s registered sex offenders who are not in jail are listed as “absconded” — meaning that law enforcement authorities have lost track of them, despite a strict law intended to keep such offenders under close supervision and away from potential victims.

Nevertheless, some say the long list of missing offenders — rapists, kidnappers and molesters, as well as people convicted of engaging in consensual sex acts when they were minors — should cause no alarm.

“The people on the registry are not the ones to be concerned about,” said John Bankhead, a spokesman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which maintains the sex offender registry. “It’s the ones who live right up under your nose. Stranger-on-stranger sex crimes do happen. But most cases involve people the victim already knows.”

Nothing to worry about, move along, move along.  Two of the men are child rapists with a high likelihood to re-offend — predators.  All of them have committed crimes bad enough to come to the attention of authorities and result in a conviction — and as anyone who works in the criminal justice system knows, most sex offenders get away with most sex offenses most of the time, so just having a conviction indicates at least one serious lapse in self-control.

Why motivated GBI spokesperson John Bankhead to minimize the fact that 250 sex offenders from the metro Atlanta are currently missing?  Were his words taken out of context?  Was he trying to say that there are so many more sex offenders who have never been prosecuted that this mere 250 don’t pose as much risk as the non-prosecuted ones?  Because, if that’s what he’s saying, it’s horrifying and implies the need for more, not less, vigilance on sex crimes.

Of course most victims know their offenders. That’s not an argument against being worried that 250 un-incarcerated offenders in Atlanta are actively breaking the law.  Child molesters use trust and family relationships to gain access to their victims.  The fact that they knew their prior victims does nothing to minimize the possibility that these absconded offenders will do exactly the same thing with new victims.

But instead of even bothering to profile any of the most prolific and dangerous offenders on the absconded list, the reporter skips directly from playing down the danger posed by these men to another re-hash of the faux “homeless” controversy:

Georgia’s sex offender registry, known for its restrictive rules governing where offenders can live, work or even loiter, has been controversial since its creation in 1994. This fall, authorities forced a group of homeless sex offenders to leave a makeshift camp behind an office park in Marietta — one of the few places, the men said, they could live without breaking the law.

See my post here explaining the many ways the AJC got this story wrong the last time they staged a textual pity party for a bunch of shiftless sex offenders on the make for yet another government handout.  Rather than calling them homeless sex offenders, a more accurate label would be: “Sex Offenders Who Want You to Pay Their Rent and Have the Southern Center for Human Rights Staff at the Ready to Sue You to Make You Do It (and, oh yeah, pay their legal fees, to boot).”

And so, a story about 250 sex criminals absconding from the law morphs into yet another story about how the offenders themselves are the ones being victimized by society, complete with quotes from the offenders’ attorneys, yet no quote from anyone disputing their claims.  This is journalism manufactured by anti-incarceration activist caveat.

And in this case, it comes with a particularly steep price for the victims.  If the reporter and his editors are going to work so hard to assert that these men pose no danger to society, shouldn’t they ask some of the men’s victims what they think of such a curious, subjective, opinionated, cheerily uninformed claim?

For, after all, how would you feel if you had experienced being raped by, say, your uncle, and then you endured the trial, and alienation from family members, and all that hell, and your uncle gets out of jail and goes into hiding, and some careless reporter prattles on that he isn’t really dangerous because he “knew” the victim he picked the last time?  I’d feel pretty appalled.  Making assertions like this smacks of minimizing non-stranger sex crimes, when in reality, non-stranger offenders are every bit as dangerous, and often more dangerous, especially if they’re being abetted by sympathetic relatives and dysfunctional families.  And I think the psychological harm they do to their victims dwarfs the harm done by most stranger-rapes.

But hey, nothing to see here: it’s just the AJC crudely diminishing the experience of hundreds of rape victims, mostly child victims, in order to cobble another soapbox for the activists over at the Southern Center for Human Rights.  Just another day in the vast media pity party for men who rape children.

26 Responses to Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry Works. Why Don’t Newspapers Report That?

  1. http://sexoffenderissues.blogspot.com
    http://www.youtube.com/user/SexOffenderIssues002
    http://www.youtube.com/user/RSOVigilantism
    http://www.youtube.com/user/JuliaTuttleCauseway

    Sex offender laws do not work, they are simply placebo laws to make people “feel safe!”

    The constitution guarantees people various inalienable rights, or did at one time, now it’s not worth the paper and ink it’s written with.

    What is next? Concentration camps and firing up the gas chambers?

    The recidivism rate of sex offenders, if you’d investigate it, is 5% or less, and the media only reports the most heineous crimes on TV, which are less than 5% of the over all number of offenders.

    95% or more of those on the registry are not dangerous, yet we continue to monitor and treat all of them as if they murdered some child. What other criminal do we treat that way? None!

    This is just a slippery slope, IMO, and eventually, once they know this works, your rights will be eradicated as well. Mark my words on that.

    For more of our thoughts, go to my blog, or here:

    http://sexoffenderissues.pbworks.com/My-Thoughts-About-The-Sex-Offender-Laws

  2. Stitches77 says:

    Here is another Georgia sex offender with a devious lawsuit.

    http://absolutezerounited.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-declaration-of-permanent-war.html

    Of course the guy who commented above me is a Georgia sex offender as well.

    http://wikisposure.com/Zman

  3. Still promoting AZU, Stitches? The same AZU with TWO “convicted pedophiles” on their website posing as child victim advocates? The same AZU that went around the internet trying to claim Patty Wetterling had a sex offender son? The same AZU that impersonates, lies about, and stalks people who disagree with the law? Truth about AZU:

    http://absolutezerounites.blogspot.com/

  4. AZU called Patty Wetterling a “pissed off mother of a sex offender” after she called for reforming sex offender laws to make them more effective. AZU has TWO “convicted pedophiles” posing as child victim advocates on their site. AZU harasses, slanders, and even impersonates people that oppose sex offender laws in an attempt to discredit them. Truth @ http://absolutezerounites.blogspot.com/

  5. Nunya says:

    There are so many things in your article that are erroneous it’s difficult to know exactly where to start, but I will begin at the beginning with your title: “Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry Works”. Since these laws have been in place for a number of years now, with Georgia having passed one of the toughest set of laws in the country over three years ago, I’m sure you can point to plenty of documented evidence as to how these laws have actually reduced sexual crimes in this country, right? There must be plenty of studies that show a dramatic decrease in sex crimes all over the nation as a result of the laws you claim are so effective.

    The fact is Tina, sex crimes have not only increased over the years since these laws were passed but now, as a result of politicians and the media seizing on the public’s fear, these so called “child protection laws” are now responsible for children themselves, some as young as 13, being victimized for life as a “sex offender”. What might have initially been a good idea, a public listing of violent and potentially dangerous people that the public needed to be aware of, has turned into a watered-down joke, full of all sorts of “dangerous” offenses such as public urination, mooning, and consensual sex among teens, which, I might add, I’m sure all of us, including the above mentioned article’s author, have probably engaged in at some point in their lives. So now we are ALL sex offenders. Be sure to pick up your membership card at the door.

    As to recidivism, many many studies, by independent groups not associated with criminal justice, repeatedly verify that sex offenders, as a category, have the lowest recidivism rate of any crime. Period. You should bother to look at them before you start expounding about an issue that you obviously have very little knowledge about.

    One are that I do agree with you on that journalists, ALL journalists, including those who write such biased reporting as yours, should “hold themselves to a higher standard” as you say. The truth is that all reporting is biased in some way, since it is written by people who are, as a result of being human, biased in their opinions. The best a person can do is to look at the facts and try to reach an objective conclusion based on those facts. Someone has already posted some links to resources where some of those facts can be verified. I suggest you educate yourself before you pose as an authority on this, or at the very least provide references for your information so that the reader can verify what you say.

    “Of course most victims know their offenders.” I got confused on this one Tina. Since it is true statistically that most, and by that I mean MOST people, children and adults, who are sexually abused are done so by people they know (usually a family member or friend of the family), how does monitoring the others, in this case strangers which would include previously convicted sex offenders, help to reduce incidents of abuse? Let me put it this way: monitoring people who have already committed a sexual crime in the hopes that it will prevent a future offense is like locking the barn door AFTER the horse has already gotten out of the barn. To use the reasoning that we need to know the whereabouts of the 250 people whose whereabouts are unknown to the authorities in order to feel safe from sexual offense makes no sense at all. Again, it’s not the stranger in town you need to watch, it’s the uncle, the dad, the brother, etc. If politicians and others, such as yourself, are as concerned about the safety of children as you say you are, then why not do something to protect hem from the group that represents the greatest threat to them, namely their own family and friends of the family? Maybe we could remove all children from their homes until they are 18 and allow periodic supervised visits by their parents? I’m being facetious here but hopefully you get my point. WE ARE WATCHING THE WRONG PEOPLE!

    What is so hard to understand about this?

    Now, clearly there are some people who are dangerous and represent a potential threat to public safety, and they should be prevented from hurting anyone else. But if that’s the case then why are these people not in prison in the first place? Why are they being released? I suggest that they reason the really dangerous people are out on the street is because due to just about anything even remotely sexual in nature being treated as a sex crime, there simply isn’t room enough to keep the really bad guys locked up. I further suggest that you have a look and see exactly what will get you a place on the sex offender registry these days for yourself. The Georgia Sex Offender Review Board, the government body who is responsible for classifying the risk level of offenders on the registry, has gone on record as saying that only 4% of those listed pose any real significant threat to society. That means for every 4 people listed there are 96 who should not be there at all. How can authorities monitor the 4 who need to be monitored when they have 96 others they have to, according to the law, treat exactly the same? The truth is they can’t, which is why you hear about cases such as the guy in California recently who kept a woman captive for a number of years and abused her repeatedly, and all under the nose of his parole officer who was too busy keeping an eye on the rest of his case load to catch it. Being the victim’s advocate that you are, how would you explain to that woman how the sex offender laws are working?

    Lastly, you took a swipe at the Southern Center for Human Rights and the AJC. I’d suggest to you that the Southern Center is responsible for acting on behalf of the rights of not only sex offenders, but anyone who is being victimized by an out of control government and legal system. They take a very unpopular stand for a group of people who can’t defend themselves and I applaud them for it. With the background you have I am sure you know that “laws” are not necessarily based on what is constitutional but on what public opinion happens to be at the time. If you were to have asked a black man in Mississippi in 1950 did he think his “constitutional” rights were being protected I am sure you would have gotten a different answer then than you would now. It was due to the efforts of civil rights “activists”, as you call them, that those rights, which were there along, were finally made to be recognized. Yes, it was very unpopular idea at the time, but it was also right to do it. It’s also right to protect the rights of ALL citizens of this country, regardless of public opinion or how popular or unpopular it is at the time. Along those lines, I suspect that at some point in the future people will look back on all this legal B.S. and wonder what in the world were they thinking? That’s the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is people never waking up at all until everyone’s rights, including yours Tina, are gone, at which point it’s too late. I suspect you’d want the Southern Center in your corner at that point.

    The bottom line here Tina is this. No one wants to see anyone sexually abused, adult or child. But the “solutions” that you and other like-minded politicians keep trying to sell the American public on simply ARE NOT WORKING. If they were there’d be no cases of abuse at all over the last few years, since as a nation we have the most restrictive and over-reaching sex offender laws in the world! What is needed is a real solution, not a placebo spewed from the mouths of politicians every time an election year comes around.

    How many new laws have to be passed before someone realizes it simply isn’t working?

    What is so hard to understand about this?

    You have some pretty impressive credentials Tina, and I think your heart might be in the right place on this. But I would think that you’d do a bit more research and find out the facts before you pretend to be an authority on these issues. Talk to the sheriff departments, the treatment providers, people who know first hand what is working and what isn’t. See what they have to say about the effectiveness of this nonsense, and stop being a mouthpiece for the media bias you claim to abhor.

  6. Lynn says:

    Well, I am NOT a sex offender, although I am married to one. Well, rather, he is a former registered sex offender. He committed his crime (consensual sex with an underage minor) in 1996 before we met. He is a good man with absolutely no likelihood of reoffending and yet these stupid laws do nothing to protect the public, only punish people like my husband AND me AND our 7 year old daughter. Were are MY rights? Where are HERS???

    Before I started taking an interest in learning all I can about this issue from both sides, I was one of those brainwashed people that believed everything the media told me, that the requirements sex offenders face were necessary and helpful in protecting the public. I have done the research and I have found countless evidence to prove otherwise. There are tons of resources out there but I am curious about where the writer of this article got their information. Please back up your arguments with links to where you find your information.

    OH, BTW, I do feel I have a unique position as I can definitely see both sides of this controversial issue as I, myself, have been a victim of child sexual abuse. I DO want the public to be protected, but I want the laws to be fair. There ARE ways this can be accomplished!

    My husband I both agree that these laws and restrictions that are in place should be for those that are truly violent predators or pedophiles. Leave the rest alone and law enforcement will be able to do a better job of watching those that truly necessitate being monitored.

    So, get your facts straight and you’ll do a better job of convincing people. Right now all I hear is a lot of hot air. Zman may be a sex offender but at least he knows what he is talking about.

    Until you’ve lived it, you have no clue.

  7. Stitches, I have told you many times, ZMan and myself update the blog above, so by you stating I am a sex offender, that is defamation.

    I am not against punishing sex offenders, I am against unconstitutional laws, which these are.

  8. JW Morrison says:

    Stitches77 – So what if Zman is a Georgia Sex offender? Has he reoffended? Has he not the right to state his point of view? Unless you are in favor of a DUI registry, a Murder registry, or any other registry that tracks anyone that hurts a child then what make you think that a Sex offender registry is making children safe? The author seems to think that the facts that have been collected for years on the recidivism rate of Sex offenders are of no use. Personally, I think that Jim Phillip Hollie should get life without parole as he has shown that he cannot be trusted with another opportunity at freedom. That said, there are 100s of thousands of sex offenders that do not reoffend sexually. They should be alloted the same privilege as others that have paid their debt to society.

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  10. Escaped Criminal says:

    “The truth about sex offenders is that they get away with many, many crimes for which they are never punished.”

    I’m sure this is true, because I’m sure it’s true about everyone in the country. Everyone gets away with many, many crimes for which they are never punished.

    So what?

    Has the author ever driven drunk? Lock her up, throw away the key, and if she’s ever released, make sure she registers so she won’t be driving ’round OUR neighborhood risking the lives of OUR kids.

    Has the author ever cheated on her taxes?

    Has she ever driven faster than the speed limit?

    Ever made love with someone she wasn’t married to?

    Ever made love with someone of the same sex?

    Ever crossed the street where there was no crosswalk?

    Ever tried marijuana? Really, never? Ever been in a room where marijuana was used, and failed to report it to the authorities?

    Ever have alcohol before you were old enough? Ever give a sip of alcohol to a child too young to drink?

    Ever take somebody else’s prescription pill that they had left over and gave you when you got ill?

    Ever tossed trash into the gutter?

    Ever parked too long at a parking meter and didn’t get a ticket and didn’t pay the fine voluntarily?

    You’re a criminal who didn’t get what she deserved!!!

    In San Francisco it’s recently become a crime to put compostable trash into your trash can, when you should’ve put it into the compost bin!

    I know a guy who was charged two months ago in New Mexico with “concealing his identity” because a policeman demanded an ID card that he didn’t have.
    His trial is coming up soon.

    This country has so many Puritans and so many insane laws that it’s a very good thing all the crimes are not followed up on and prosecuted. Only an American would say we spend too little on prisons and let people out too soon. Look at every other country on earth — we incarcerate more of our population than ANY country. We left Russia, China and apartheid South Africa in the dust years ago. But sure, all 6 billion of them are wrong and we 300 million Puritans are right.

    But sure, ride on on your hobbyhorse. You got raped once a few decades ago, so rape is the most important crime of the century. And everyone who’s ever accused of rape should be registered, tracked, and discriminated against, even though they were not convicted. Just because a lazy prosecutor forgot to prove you raped somebody, to a jury of your peers, that’s no excuse! Hey, you got convicted of something else, you must have been a rapist too! That’s twice, that makes you a SERIAL rapist!

    You’ve apparently never been through the criminal justice system as an alleged criminal, or you’d know (1) prosecutors regularly charge you with things you never did, as an incentive for you to “plead guilty” to some lesser charge and save them work; (2) the last bastion of official racism is the CJ system. I was once charged with drug possession and as a first-time offender was ‘diverted’ out of the overloaded system. The parole officer explained the situation to a dozen people who had also been diverted. The charges stay pending for a year and if you aren’t re-arrested in that year, they drop ’em. “The system is now out to get you and if you screw up in the next year it’s gonna get you — I’m not talking about Mr. White there — so you’d better keep your asses clean.” I was Mr. White. I was the only white person in the room.

    So, what to do about it? Get rid of 99% of the laws, go back to the ones that matter, like rape and murder. Get rid of 95% of the prisons and treat our own citizens like every other country does. Drum out the racist cops, racist sheriffs, racist prosecutors, racist judges, racist parole boards. If black kids could sell pot to each other without having to be in “gangs” murdering their rivals instead of competing on price and quality, there’d be a lot more police time available for tracking down the real rapists. Hell, if young bored kids could just smoke pot without being harassed (rather than being pushed to drink alcohol) there’d be a lot less violence and a lot fewer rapes. But you won’t get there by “getting tougher on crime”.

  11. Tina says:

    Dear Mr. Escaped,

    Thank god it’s not a crime to bore somebody to death.

  12. Doc says:

    @Tina
    “Thank god it’s not a crime to bore somebody to death.”
    I laughed. But seriously, Escaped Criminal was dead on.

  13. wtf says:

    @escapedcriminal So let me get this straight, asshole. You’re comparing sexual assault with tax evasion, speeding, underage drinking, marijuana and infidelity!?! WTF is wrong with you?!?!

    I do agree with you on the drug thing, but as for defending sexual predators: hell no.

    @Lynn Your husband is a convicted child molester. That minor wasn’t “willing” either, because they were groomed, duh! So just because, by your account, “he won’t do it again”, we’re all just supposed to “forget about it”? First off, that punishes and dehumanizes the victim after all they have gone through. It’s like telling them that it was their own fault, by letting the predator get away with a clean record.

    I do feel for you and your daughter though, because having a convicted child molester must bring you all sorts of weird glances to trash thrown in your yard from your neighbors…but, have you never considered that your husband may actually be doing these things again, when you are not around? I do feel worrisome that he is allowed near a 7 year old.

  14. Honest Opinion says:

    Registration, and other restrictions placed on sex offenders, have been absurdly misrepresented by the media.

    RE: No! It’s OUR American government who absurdly misrepresents these acts. Every “sex offender” law is named and based of Kidnapped and MURDER Victims, Megan Kanka, Jessica Law, Jacob Wetterling, Adam Walsh, see the pattern? These extremely violent heinous crimes are absurdly used as a tool to list, track and monitor 704,777 citizens with an extraneous array of sexual violations.

    Sex offender Laws, sanctions and consequences intended or not, are “NOT” named or based on cases of sexual assault, sexual contact, sexual abuse, statutory rape, child pornography, public urination, mooning, streaking, sexual misconduct, patronizing prostitution, disseminating indecent material to minors(hide those play boy/girl, minors under 18), failure to prevent one’s own teenage children from engaging in otherwise consensual sexual activity and thousands more! “ALL” cases resulting in being designated as a “sex offender” named predator, requiring registration and could result in a personalized entry to America’s incredible “HIT LIST” that’s used to track, hunt, zone, banish, mistreat, abuse, harass, reject, deprive, disrespect, harm, assault, terrorize, murder, re convict….. This “HATE LIST” is growing daily with hundreds of our vulnerable citizen, men, women and “children”. These are the United States most vulnerable constituents! Who’s NEXT? And, Who do we, “THANK”! Just follow the money trail, they’ll make a predator out of your 8 year old, given half a chance. Opps, I forget they did that already!

  15. Honest Opinion says:

    Registration, and other restrictions placed on sex offenders, have been absurdly misrepresented by the media.
    RE: No! It’s OUR American government who absurdly misrepresents these acts. Every “sex offender” law is named and based of Kidnapped and MURDER Victims, Megan Kanka, Jessica Law, Jacob Wetterling, Adam Walsh, see the pattern? These extremely violent heinous crimes are absurdly used as a tool to list, track and monitor 704,777 citizens with an extraneous array of sexual violations.
    Sex offender Laws, sanctions and consequences intended or not, are “NOT” named or based on cases of sexual assault, sexual contact, sexual abuse, statutory rape, child pornography, public urination, mooning, streaking, sexual misconduct, patronizing prostitution, disseminating indecent material to minors(hide those play boy/girl, minors under 18), failure to prevent one’s own teenage children from engaging in otherwise consensual sexual activity and thousands more! “ALL” cases resulting in being designated as a “sex offender” named predator, requiring registration and could result in a personalized entry to America’s incredible “HIT LIST” that’s used to track, hunt, zone, banish, mistreat, abuse, harass, reject, deprive, disrespect, harm, assault, terrorize, murder, re convict….. This “HATE LIST” is growing daily with hundreds of our vulnerable citizen, men, women and “children”. These are the United States most vulnerable constituents! Who’s NEXT? And, Who do we, “THANK”! Just follow the money trail, they’ll make a predator out of your 8 year old, given half a chance. Opps, I forget they did that already!

  16. Honest Opinion says:

    When is enough, enough? Can anyone have confidence in this Government? Pay your taxes and bend over OR STAND UP for our boys!

    Vera Institute Of Justice: 1 in 160 males are registered as sex offenders in the US http://www.vera.org/content/pursuit-safety-sex-offender-policy-united-states

    704,777 of our citizens did not “kill” Megan Kanka , Jessica Lunsford or Adam Walsh! This country chooses to allow thousands of our constituents all across this Nation as a result of MURDERS, they didn’t commit. I am PROUD to STAND by those who were conveniently inflicted with the same label of a killer! Sex offender has many, many meanings. This government actions are disgusting! If JFK were alive today this nonsense, they name as law, would never have happened! He tried to warn us in his last speech to America, then he was “MURDERED”!

  17. Honest Opinion says:

    Obama is our leader? He “will” follow in when pressured, watch out America! They scares me, way more then the sex craved little boy next door. I guess we can thank Obama , when little Brandon does his full 60 years in prison! http://www.freebrandon.org, Please God, Bless America! Our leaders are putting our constituents through Hell.

    Obama flip, flops!
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1008/Obscure_third_party_hits_Obama_on_sex_offender_early_release.html

  18. John says:

    I read this article, and I laughed. There are so many errors and mis statements in this article that I was appalled.

    So I looked into the author’s background, and I see Tina’s pedigree. And I am ashamed. Either Tina is flat out lying about her background, or it’s yet more evidence of a broken education system. To see that a person with a background like that could be this uninformed.

    Tina, it’s obvious you are a victim of sexual assault. And my heart bleeds for you. But it’s also obvious you are making it your mission in life to punish as many people as possible for your personal pain. Don’t you see that this makes you no better than the pedophiles you think you are attacking?

    But more than that, you are overlooking the completely obvious facts here. The VAST majority of Georgia’s Sex Offender Registry are people who are not dangerous. They just did a study, and of the 17,000+ people on the registry, less than 800 were dangerous, and less than 100 of those were predators.

    So you seem perfectly willing to crucify the 16,000 people that just did stupid things. Like flashing, peeing in public, Romeo and Juliet, etc. You crucify these 16,000 just to go after the 100-800 bad guys. And you find that acceptable? That’s shameful. You are no better than the other vigilantes.

    If you want to come down on only pedophiles, I’ll stand by your side and fight with you. I’d just as soon seen them all castrated, and I’ll even take the knife and do it. But your first order of business needs to be to ‘clean up’ the Sex Offender registry, and be sure it’s only the type of people that you are attacking. The more ‘non dangerous’ people that get on the registry, the faster it’s going to fall down, and it’s on its way down. If you think the registry actually serves some purpose, the only way to save it, is to get the people off that are not dangerous.

    Please try to be a bit more objective and informed on your next article. People nationwide cannot possibly take you serious with such an incredibly biased and poorly researched article. You are just spewing hate and vile, and everyone can see that in this article. If you want to be taken serious, do a little more research into your topic next time.

  19. David says:

    I wanted to say about the way Sex Offenders are brought up on the News, it shows that it’s a one sided issue trying to show the worst of the worst of Sex Offenders. I’m not denying that Sex Offenders at least some of them have a high re-offense possible to them but however, as we only see the worst of the worst on tv and don’t show all sides of the spectrum then you’ll understand each sex offender is rated differently.
    If you don’t understand what i’m talking about being rated differently i’ll explain. There are three classifications of sex offenders if you do your research. There is 1. A Low Risk to Re-offend
    2. A Moderate Risk to Re-offend and 3. A High Risk to Re-offend
    Not Everyone is a high risk to re-offend. About Sex Offenders that can’t be rehabilitated, you can’t speak for every sexual offender because for one not every sexual offender re-offends.
    There is a very small likelihood of a low risk offender of ever re-offending ever in his life. Not allowing sexual offenders opportunity to re-enter into society to be able to at least get a factory job, where of course there aren’t any children in daycare centers at, nor any underage teenagers 10 years old working last i checked with U.S. laws you have to be 18 years old to work in a factory. So those that would argue about my statement needs to check laws. Companies where children won’t be present should by no means should at all be a problem working at. Some will say construction jobs there will be children around, yes that is true depending on where the job is located and where the work is going to be at. So to overall pull the plug on all sex offenders from being able to get a job what will that do to his or her family. That puts a burden on the family of the Sex Offender. You have to understand a lot of Sex Offenders do have families, some
    supportive and some not so supportive. The families where they are supportive help the Sex Offenders more so then the ones that don’t have a family to go to, which in fact could increase the risk to re-offend a bit from what i read in research. Before we pass new laws that are tougher on people of sex offenses why don’t we look at the current laws that are on the books now, some aren’t even being enforced. If your saying that they all are being enforced think again. Some laws on the books in some states aren’t fully enacted/enforced. One thing you need to look at why serial rapists or serial child molesters re-offend, i’ll tell you from what research shows it’s all about 1. power and control 2. the sexual desire and 3. deviant sexual behavior
    Those three things to look at. One thing also i will bring out, which actually has done more benefit to society for Israel for Sex Offenders.
    Each Sex Offender in Israel is required to get a shot, in which cuts off all sexual desire altogether from what i read. With this done the sexual offender in a lot of cases has no desire, cutting down the re-offense ratio dramatically. Some i’m sure will argue your nuts that won’t work in the U.S. Well have you seen it being tried yet?
    In some cases possibly it’s been tried but not throughout the whole U.S. I have explained some good ideas and some good information.
    Yes with any comment there are many that will always not agree.
    However i will say this before making a comment why don’t you educate yourself first. Most of the legislators passing the laws pass them for one simple reason to not only make it harder for sex offenders but to also make it to a point where they will go back to jail instead of staying in society. It’s leading that way if they keep passing stupid laws. Most Sex Offenders that re-offend will travel outside of their community to re-offend. So having a community notification act in place doesn’t necessarily cut down on people that re-offend. It only makes the neighborhood aware of the person in the neghborhood.

    People that have been convicted of crystal meth i believe in some states now have to be on a registry list. I think that is good because they are doing bad to society by putting out a drug that ruins many lives and destroys not only many communities, children, and neighborhoods but also makes it hard for anyone to fully quit and fully recover.

    I think people that have been a repeated drug dealer/offender should have to register as well so we know where all these people are. A drug dealer has a higher likelihood of selling drugs again compared to a sex offender reoffending. So think about that for once people.

  20. Chris says:

    If the law breaks for this Guy it has to break for other people. So i say do the crime you have to do your sentence even out of prison, letting him live is extreme mercy for the pain that those children had to endure through that. Although i am a man of mercy. It is truly not going to end up in but one’s hand which is Jesus but I will say @ David you made some valid points and people that are mature and believe in forgiveness and a second take should understand. Its not like we are going to send are kids over at these ppl’s houses and let these kind of people watch are children we can still function around murders and rapist everyday and who knows what kind of other wicked things that this world has to offer who are we to cast a first stone. oh yeah? I’m not going back on what i said though. The law is tough. I might feel different thought if a person like this lived beside me.

  21. Tina says:

    Oh, grow up.

    I’m not looking for sympathy, and I don’t want to hear your opinion about my own experience. If you’re looking for someone to pity, sex offenders seem to like that; the victims I know want justice, not splatter feelings from cowards too afraid to sign their names.

    However, please do send this “study” ion a citation. Then we’ll talk.

  22. george wilder says:

    To Whom It May Concern,
    I am concerned about the activities of Adrien Lynn Runyan, a convicted a sexually violent predator, If you give me an email address i can send pictures showing Mr. Runyan with a hand gun, in a park, throwing gang signs, having contact with a minor, and such. I’m also inclosing my research a report of him and his associates that I’ve been able to find with my limited resources. Mr. Runyan is a member of the Surenos 13 street gang and uses such to intimidate people into lying about his living arrangement, let him stay, and commit crimes for him. He is a person of interest in new felonies in Anderson, IN, he harasses and threatens one of his victims to the point she fears for her life. He is rumored to be cooking meth and i know for sure he does not live in the same town even that he is registered in. We need your help to get this monster off our streets. Mr. Runyan had fled the police and time in Indiana at least twice to Arizona and there is never a record of him registering there. He also bragged he was being investigated for writing false prescriptions in Arizona at the time of his last arrest. He is currently using a laptop and printer to do this in Indiana. He brags about making runs to mexico to get drugs for his gang. he has a list of names, social security numbers, and birthdays he uses to get things in their name for him like phones, id’s prescriptions, and so on. We need to get this monster off the street to protect all the people especially the children. I can provide you with everything i’ve got. Let me know if I’m doing the right thing.

  23. RadioResearch says:

    Tina,
    Do you honestly think that almost 800,000 United States citizens are going to allow their constitutional rights to continue to be violated? You better think again, old shrew! The day is fast approaching where a darn large portion of this government-created oppressed class will rise up under arms and beat you and their oppressors down.
    For now, they may be satisfied with small legal victories, but as your money-motivated politicians fueled by paranoid-hysteric minivan-driving soccer moms produce more and more restrictive and oppressive laws, they will revolt.
    Remember what Hitler did to the Jews. What you are doing to this sub-class of people is not much different, except these are Americans and they will not take that crap and will not go gently into the night.
    I would not be the least bit surprised if all of the promoters and formulators of these rotten laws started disappearing.
    If people are too dangerous to be let out of prison, AFTER an independent in-depth psych eval, then do not release them. I would be extremely worried though about what the rest of them are going to do when they have finally had enough. The recent spate of world uprisings will pale in comparison!

  24. A few questions: If the courts, on purpose, let DANGEROUS PEOPLE out of prison, Why? If the courts sentence every convicted person to be evaluated by professionals, to determine if they are dangerous and then KEEP THEM IN PRISON OR PUT THEM TO DEATH… Then, nobody would ever need to go look on some website to see if a neighbor is a threat! But then, what about all the millions of people who have yet to do a crime.. that live right there in your neighborhood? How are you going to be warned about them? You are NOT, so the best defense is to ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND YOU, YOU WATCH YOUR CHILDREN and CHOOSE Wisely WHOM you let your children be alone with! 95% of all child molestations and rapes are committed by PEOPLE KNOWN TO THE VICTIM. Remove the Public Registry and sentence people properly. My suggestion.

  25. William Lytle says:

    One of the biggest problems is that every state seems to be applying sex offender laws retroactively which is a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution and most state constitutions. You can not pass a law today and apply it to something that happened last week

  26. Tina says:

    Not that simple. Read the laws. They’re wildly misrepresented in the media. They have, of course, been vetted for constitutionality, too.

    Each state varies. You might be surprised by the categories of offenders who get excluded, for that matter.

    Take a look at the blog posts here on the fake “homeless sex offenders under a bridge” media inventions. It contains a good description of the difference between the laws as written and the media coverage of the activist-manufactured controversy.

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