Jessie's Law -- GPS will help officials track sex offenders aft...

By THOMAS BROWN , T&D Staff Writer Tuesday, July 04, 2006 In an effort to keep children safe, the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services has tapped into high technology to keep track of convicted ... Full Story
Lexington County Mom

Mount Pleasant, SC

#1 Jul 5, 2006
I think this is the most outrageous law I have ever read. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor is nothing more than a boyfriend and a girlfriend having sexual contact when one is under age and one parent pissed off. It doesn't matter if the one under age has had sexual contact with others before. But that one honest kid that tells the truth has to pay for the rest of their life is not right. Weren't you always taught that if you tell the truth you won't get in as much trouble as if you lied? How many people out there doesn't know someone like your grandparents, parents or yourself who got married or fooled around and was under 18? Look at the past 100 years. Let's get real people. If it wasn't for one angry parent then most people accused or pled guilty to because they are scared to death, and convicted of statutory rape (2nd degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor) wouldn't be there. Why make these kids pay for the rest of their lives? If they serve their time, give them a chance. My kid is not a predator nor did he rape anyone. I know what rape is personally and it's not the same. Why keep treating them the same by law? Why keep persecuting them? Hasn't anyone in the legal field read the Bible?
John Copper

Charlotte, NC

#2 Apr 25, 2007
These laws merely drive those branded "sex offenders" (experts agree 1/4 to 1/3 of sex convictions are incorrect convictions, and those people are not "sex offenders" but people convicted unjustly of sex crimes) underground or to abscond. The worst ones then, like any fugitive, find they have nothing left to lose and let loose their sick wrath by kidnapping and raping and murdering little girls. These laws actually do more harm than good, and that is WELL KNOWN among us law enforcement people (the news only shows those of us who tow the line, and saying this PUBICLY gets us in big trouble). "Sex offenders" have families, too, including children, and their children are socially ostracized and ridiculed, and there are many cases where they have committed suicide even at age 12. If you are a parent and have a child, and think that knowing that the guy on the corner is a "sex offender" makes your child better off, it does not. The fear this creates is very damaging. These laws mean there are MANY more absonders out there looking to KIDNAP AND KILL your child. Almost ALL sex offenses are created by a close, long-term friend or family member who you would already know is a "sex offender." The alleged risk to your child is MUCH less than the greatly increased risk to the "sex offender's" child as a result of these laws (people thus branded have been attacked, killed, had their houses vandalized and burned down, their kids have committed suicide, or the family has been driven apart to protect THEIR kids.) Make no mistake about it -- this is PURE POLITICS, the kind that plays on fear and appeals to the worst in human nature -- fear, vengeance, as opposed to basic trust and forgiveness. Letting these people out of prison only to BRAND THEM AND MAKE THEIR LIVES IMPOSSIBLE, is so counterproductive it's preposterous is a civilized, rational society. If anything, LOCK THEM UP FOREVER or make them undergo treatment and have their privacy. Your "right to know", AS IT IS NOW DONE, endangers your child and other children more than it protects them. If your going to let these people go, for God's sake, don't BRAND THEM and stress them to the breaking point (STRESS MANAGEMENT IS EXACTLY WHAT SEX OFFENDER COUNSELING IS MOSTLY ABOUT, BECAUSE AS ANY MENTAL HEALTH PRO WILL TELL YOU, IT IS STRESS AND A FEELING OF NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE THAT TRIGGER'S REOFFENSE IN INDIVIDUALS WITH THIS PROPENSITY). The ONLY POSSIBLE WAY these laws can result in YOUR child being safer is if you know who every offender is in or near your child's life, and you constantly, CONSTANTLY, watch your child at all times. No going out to play unsupervised, not even at age 12 or 15. Is this the world you want to live in? Incidentally, in most nations around the world, including Europe, prostitution is LEGAL, and in these countries the number of rapes, including rapes of children, is FAR lower than in countries where it is illegal, and so is the rate of AIDS among prostitutes. Seems a sex addict or potential molester or rapist is much less likely to act on his impulses if he can just buy sex from a willing professional for 50 Euros.

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