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Sex Offender Email Alert System Launching In San Diego County

This law, and this new program, do NOT protect children. It gives parents a false sense of security. Contrary to popular belief, as a group, sex offenders have the lowest rate of reoffense of all the crime categories. These statistics completely fly in the face of politicians' allegations about sex offenders being the most likely group of criminals to re-offend for their initial crime, but these are the facts. 1.8% is the reported reoffense rate in California. Secondly, the VAST majority of child sexual abuse is perpetrated within the child's own family and close social circle. Those perpetrators are NOT on a registry, and you will NOT be receiving email about them. Focusing on ex-offenders takes the focus away from those who would, and are, harming chidren. Finally, there are some 750,000 people nationwide subject to registration, about 100,000 in California. There are well over 100 offenses which require registration - not all are violent, and not all involved a child, or even another human being. So, who is truly dangerous, and who is not? No way to tell. Do you trust your email to tell you? DOn't. Education and prevention are key to responsible parenting. Educate your children, keep an open dialogue with them, and do not rely on government email or a bloated registry to keep them safe. A new, better way to protect us? Not so much.

March 8, 2013 at 7:36 a.m. ( | suggest removal )