The sex offender registry puts millions of children and families at risk, and has not reduced or prevented sex crimes, but don't take it from me: Library of Research
What the media, law enforcement and your lawmakers don't want you to know about sex offenders:
The registry endangers millions of innocent children and other family members of registrants. The registry has proven to increase vigilante violence against registrants and their families. Studies have indicated that over half of registrants' families do not feel safe in their own home and have experienced discrimination, job loss, community shunning, property damage and threats of violence. Children of registrants report being especially targeted, not just by peers but by teachers, instructors and other parents.
The registry CONTAINS nearly 200,000 children. In California and Michigan, children as young as 6 have been charged with "sex crimes". Teenagers having consensual sex are frequently targeted, even if the "victim" has lied about their age. As these teens get older, their registry entries are not updated to reflect their age at the time of the "offense", making them look like child predators.
The registry ignores the overwhelming majority of current and future victims. 93-97% of child sex abuse victims are abused by people they know, who have no prior conviction for a sex crime.
The registry provides communities with a false sense of security and empowers undiscovered predators. Being lulled into thinking the registry is a magical list of people to avoid actually empowers true predators, who have never been caught or reported. Because law enforcement and sex crime legislation is focused so blindly on registrants, most predators are not identified and unknown to police and the community; they are also completely unaffected by sex crime laws.
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