By Shana Rowan
Publicizing the personal information of Level 1 sex offenders will have significant consequences, and won’t protect children from sexual abuse.
Sexual recidivism in Connecticut was 2.7 percent in 2012. Hundreds of studies corroborate this.
95 percent of (abused) children are abused by family or an acquaintance, not a stranger. (U.S. Justice Department, 2000.)
96 percent of sex crimes are committed by someone who isn’t on the registry. (Dr. Jeffrey Sandler, 2008.)
Family members and minor children of Level 1 offenders will be put in imminent danger.
Former offenders may lose their jobs and homes – both increase chance of recidivism.
If [name withheld] is guilty of the charges he is facing, punishment should be swift and harsh. The suffering of the young children abused, and their families, is incomprehensible. But treating every sex offender as though they are [name withheld] isn’t accurate or effective.
“Knowledge” is fact – not emotion. “Power” comes when we are willing to accept that.