You can't make something a federal crime that is kept within the state. That violates the Constitutional right of the state. It is only when a child is taken across state lines that it's federal. You should be concentrating on more severe penalties within the states. Things like in Oklahoma where a man was molesting his daughter and is now serving 3 consecutive 50 year terms.
Hobbit; I'm impressed with your knowledge and urge others to take a proactive approach by adopting bill in their local state. Your knowledge runs deep.
My work began on the state level when Governor Wilson signed in California "One Strike You’re Out" Law. Under SB 26X, the days of lenient sentences should have been over for sex offenders in California.
This "One Strike" legislation would have imposed a 25-years-to-life sentence on predatory child molesters and the most vicious rapist. The law also limit to 15% the extent to which the sentences of convicted rapists and child molesters can be reduced for good behavior and prison work -- consistant with federal law.
The victims of rape and child molestation suffer life sentences the law should require these heinous criminals to pay the same penalty.
When Gov. Wilson signed this bill the scales of justice, which have too often been one sided against the victims, should have become balanced.
Nonetheless, Gov. Wilson had continue working to enhance the penalties under this new law and continue to seek a "One Strike" law requiring life without the possibility of parole for the worst child molesters and rapists until this work is completed, Californians should have been protected by SB 26X -- the toughest rape law State of California and nation had ever seen.
That should have been implemented and imposed by the DA or Assistant DA.
California State Gov. Wilson worked diligently and with determined persistence. The DA granted the most seasoned perpetrator to a plea bargain down to 288.(a)
288.(a) Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or
Sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three,
six, or eight years.
Most counties in California and many states across the country know that a perps cannot be rehabilitated and their abuse upon children escalates.
A perpetrator will molest or rape apporx. 187 victims before a report is ever filed. By then the perps are at an old age and either pass away or are excused on a lesser penalty and are released from prison within 18 months for folding t-shirts.
If more victims of a crime, especially children, would come forward and present an victims impact statement to pass a local bill presented by assemblymen/women who are fresh and ready to take action, such as the bills I have been involved in; The State has little hope to end the perpetrators from escalating from sexual abuse to murder of the innocent victims. I fear this young generation is doomed.
Our only hope as advocates, such as you and I, is to keep this topic open and urge parents to not hide their children due to abuse and encourage them to take an active approach to spare another child from abuse and possibly murder.