What You Don’t Know About Sex Offenders . . .
In 93% of child sexual abuse cases, the child knows the person who commits the abuse. Only 7% are strangers and as many as 47% are family or extended family. 95% of new sex offenses are committed by someone NOT already on a sex offender registry. Registered sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rates when compared to domestic violence, battery, drug offenses, theft, robbery, DUI, and assault. The only crime with a lower recidivism rate is murder. Sex offenders date, get married, and have families who depend on them. Every law that is passed also impacts those families, especially their children.
Residency Restrictions Discounted as a Means for Public Safety
Family members of registered sex offenders (RSOs) are the often-overlooked victims of collateral damage. Increasingly restrictive policies expose RSOs and their families to public scrutiny and place severe limits on RSOs’ employment, housing, and academic opportunities. These policies were designed to protect the public from sexually dangerous individuals, but the collateral consequences of the laws to others were presumably unanticipated. Studies conducted have not shown any correlation between sex offender recidivism and living near schools or parks. However, there is ample scientific evidence that shows residency laws do interfere with the reintegration of sex offenders into society.