Monday, October 12, 2009

Good or Evil - Which will prevail?

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1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

8) Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

9) But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

10) But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

11) Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

12) Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

13) But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

14) But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17) That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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GA - Allen Hunt - Sex Offenders in Church



10/08/2009

This week was another example of the controversy on sex offenders being allowed in church. Frankly, that's exactly where they should be. Sure, not serving with children. Not in leadership positions. But they should be encouraged to be there.

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CA - Gov. Schwarzenegger Signs Public Safety Legislation Protecting Kids from Sexual Offenders

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Yep, California is burning, going in major debt, and his popularity is taking a nose dive, so like usual, bust out the "for the children" issues to boost the brownie points.

10/12/2009

By Valerie Gotten

SACRAMENTO — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a package of legislation that will help better protect California’s children and families from sexual offenders. The bills will ensure that businesses providing goods or services to minors are informed if a potential employee is a registered sex offender, improve the quality of sex offender assessments and ensure the continued existence of the state’s Sex Offender Management Board (SOMB).

Public safety is my number one priority and I am committed to protecting all Californians, particularly children from sexual predators,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “That is why I am proud to sign each of these bills that will make our state and children safer by enhancing California’s already tough measures to monitor and assess sex offenders.”

AB 307 by Assemblymember Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) amends existing law to require registered sex offenders to disclose their registration status to prospective employers when applying for a job where they would be working directly and in an unaccompanied setting in a position that provides goods or services to minors.

SB 325 by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose) expands the breadth of existing sex offender risk assessment practices – strengthening the process to help ensure these assessments are reliable enough to be held up in court challenges.

SB 588 by the Public Safety Committee ensures the continued existence of the state’s SOMB –created to assess the practices in managing adult sex offenders under supervision, identify best practices and make recommendations on how to implement changes – past its January 1, 2010 sunset date.

Governor Schwarzenegger has been a strong supporter of laws that protect children and families from sexual offenders. Some of his most significant actions include: (Got to toot his own horn!)
  • In 2004, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation to put the Megan’s Law database on the Internet – requiring the information of certain sex offenders’ conviction, physical description and home address to be listed and available to the general public.
  • In 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation increasing penalties for child rapists, child pornographers and Internet predators, created the SOMB to help better track dangerous parolees, made the use of GPS to monitor sex offenders a permanent program, required registered sex offenders to disclose their registration status to prospective employers when applying for certain jobs and prohibits child molesters from employing minors.
  • In 2007, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 1172 by Assemblymember Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster) requiring the state to provide longer notice to law enforcement, victims and communities when a sex offender is scheduled to be released.
  • In 2008, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation that establishes stricter probation standards for offenders with child pornography-related convictions and increases the registry requirements for sexual offenders mandated by Megan’s Law.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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Friend Hijacks Woman’s Account and Posts Naked Pictures

Why would you take a nude photo and send it to a friend for? And why give them your password? And how do you know it's your friend? Did you contact Facebook?

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FL - Nanny-Rape Victim Fights for Homeless Predators

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I hope and prey that Lauren can get over her abuse, I know what it's like to be abused. I do find it ironic that her father, Ron Book, is basically now taking a back seat and letting his daughter take over. Sounds to me, IMO, that he is using her to get what he wants. And if that is true, then he is one sick puppy! Like others have said, before this all became headline news, Lauren and her father said nothing about the offenders under the bridge, now, since the fire is burning, they are out on a PR campaign to make themselves look good, as usual. See this article and this one, this is their "campaign!"

10/12/2009

By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES

Miami Activist Who Was Raped at 11 Faces Sex Offenders to Close Tuttle Causeway Encampment (Videos)


For six years, Lauren Book-Lim was tortured by the woman she both feared and trusted -- her nanny. Waldina Flores ruled the little Florida girl's life, alternately showering her with affection and then beating and raping her.

The molestation began when Book-Lim was 11. Angry that she was chewing gum, the woman whom the little girl affectionately called "Waldy" stuck her tongue in the little girl's mouth to remove it.

The abuse escalated from there, whenever the little girl did not cooperate.

"She used objects or hands or whatever she could get," Book-Lim, now 24, told ABCNews.com. "She pushed me down the stairs. And at one point she defecated on me."

In 2002, at the age of 17, she broke away from Flores, who was ultimately sentenced to 25 years for her sex crimes.

But today, Book–Lim has come face to face with her demons and her conscience, helping homeless sex offenders at Miami's notorious Julia Tuttle Causeway find a legal place to live.
- If she is truly trying to help them, and not just do her fathers bidding, to protect the image of the Homeless Trust and Miami, then I congratulate her, but, I have my suspecions.  All Florida has to do is repeal the 2,500 foot law her father lobbied for, and stick with the 1,000 foot law, which is better, but still does nothing to protect anybody, but does punish offenders ex post facto, but, her father has an image to uphold, so I doubt they will even consider that.

There, scores of convicted molesters live in rat-infested squalor because of child protection laws Book-Lim helped to enact -- ordinances that prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of schools and playgrounds.
- Not all the offenders under the bridge are molesters, so stop spreading disinformation!  Her and her father helped enact these laws, not just Lauren!

Advocating For Children, Not Predators

Book-Lim is convinced that if sexual predators live in inhumane conditions, they are an even greater danger to children.
- So, is she admitting it's cruel and unusual punishment?  And again, not all the people under the bridge are molesters and predators.  But, like usual, the media loves to spread disinformation to further demonize people!

"We don't want anyone living under a bridge to be so desperate they reoffend," said Book-Lim.
- Hmm, many have been there for several years now, and how many have reoffended?

"She wants to heal as many people as she possibly can," said her father, Ron Book, who shares his daughter's work as a board member of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust. "She is so special, she makes me cry."
- Ron Book flip flops all the time, he says only what people want to hear, or what makes him look better.  Anybody who wants to help those in need, I thank them for doing so, but turning people into modern day lepers and continually demonizing them, like Ron Book does, goes against what he and Lauren say.

The first day volunteering on the job, Book-Lim said she felt "smacked in the face" when she met a man had molested an 8-year-old.

"I had a hard time reconciling this in my head," said Book-Lim. "But I want to prevent it from happening to other children. Yes, they are sex offenders, but that doesn't mean they have to live like this."

"I grew up to trying to help others," she said. "My Dad used to say, the least, the last and forgotten of our society -- it's our job to take care of them."
- Yes, so is Ron going to live by what he says, or is he going to be a hypocrite and not practice what he preaches?

Nanny Preys on Docile Daughter

Book-Lim knows first-hand about those who are vulnerable. The oldest and most docile of three children, she was targeted by the Honduran nanny who came to live in their family's Miami home.

"I was a people pleaser," she said. "I always eat my peas and make everyone quiet and happy."

While Flores ignored her feistier younger sister, who is now 22, she preyed on Book, forcing her to have sex in bathrooms and closets as the other children slept.

"I was beaten every day," she said. "Waldy was very smart, like all predators are. She hit me and bruised me where my parents wouldn't look. When you are 13 and 14, parents never look at their children's stomachs or lower backs or butts or upper thighs."
- Not all predators are smart, just look at the "To Catch A Predator" series.

Like many victims of sexual abuse, Book was afraid to tell her parents. Yet they worried about her increasing withdrawal and depressive mood, sending her to a therapist.

The abuse escalated when Book found a boyfriend – now her husband Kris Lim -- and Flores became fiercely jealous. The nanny even threatened to kill him.

Boyfriend: 'Tell Nanny or I Will'

When they were seniors in high school, Lim saw the bruises and learned the truth. He gave her an ultimatum -- tell her parents or he would.

"He believed in me and was on my side," she said. "I knew I needed to tell them, but I didn't know how. She was an adult and much bigger, and it had gone on so long, I didn't know if I could do it."

Book's father was a prominent Florida lobbyist and she worried about publicly embarrassing him. And Flores' psychological pull was strong.

"I was scared and confused," said Book-Lim. "She provided a shower curtain around my life. I didn't have to see any terrible things because she took care of the problems, which made her seem really appealing because you have someone who is listening to you, someone who loves you, who is there for you and has not left.''
- It sounds to me like you saw terrible things daily, and she did not "love" you.  It's excellent you had the strength to tell on this lady, I congratulate you for that.  It was not your fault, and never was, it was the fault of the sick Nanny!

Flores even gave the girl an engagement ring and promised they would marry.

"I was delusional at the time," said Book-Lim. "You are on another planet, just to survive it."

Nanny Molester Found Coaching Girls' Soccer

In 2002, Book-Lim confessed to her therapist who, in turn, called in her parents. Her father immediately fired Flores, who absconded to Oklahoma. She was apprehended a month later while coaching soccer to 10-year-old girls.
- Why did Ron not call the police?

"She was a true pedophile grooming another child to be abused," said Book-Lim.

While in prison, Flores violated a court order and wrote love letters to Book-Lim and asked for money, earning her another 10 years on top of her 15-year sentence.

In the aftermath of the arrest, Book became anorexic, dropping to 85 pounds and suffering near organ failure.

"Other than death or your kid disappearing and you don't find them again, sexual abuse is the worst nightmare a parent can endure," said her father Ron Book, who burst into tears when he learned of molestation. "To this day, I have never read the police reports all the way through."

"You can choose to cripple yourself or you can be strong and take control of the situation," he said. "You've got to be strong, get some backbone and lead."

Slowly, in new therapy and with the legislative clout of her father, Book-Kim began to heal.

Ron Book introduced his daughter to every state legislator in his rolodex. Together they fought for the right to get 48-hour access to HIV test results on predators, as well as a protection act banning molesters from ever contacting the victims or their families.

Victim Heals Through Helping Others

In addition to passing residence restrictions and extending cyber sex laws, they established a funding mechanism for a state-wide network of treatment centers.
- We also need treatment and therapy for those who do commit sexual abuse, or are thinking about it, to get them the help they need.  Just locking them up in prison for awhile, and then later letting them out without treatment, is asking for trouble.

"I think that fact that she got involved was critical to her recovery," said Stephen Levin, the therapist who broke the shocking news to Book-Lim's parents. "She doesn't feel like only a victim and she is doing something positive to help other people."

"She had the support of her parents and she was able to talk about it, and her boyfriend was so supportive and encouraged her," he told ABCNews.com.

Last summer, she married Kris Lim, a professional golfer. While he travels, she runs her foundation, Laurens' Kids, teaching sex abuse prevention to children in grades K-2 and reinforcing the message, "It's OK to tell."

"It took a lot of guts to do what she did and what she is doing now," said Lim. "I have been there the whole time and seen the worst of the worst psychologically to helping children every day. "

"Now she is under the bridge with sex offenders," he told ABCNews.com. "She could never do that before. She couldn't even leave the house. I am amazed at how much progress she has made."

"She is a true survivor to have gone through that at such a young age and yet wake up every morning and relive that bad stuff just to help kids," said Lim. "No matter how she tries to forget, it's still a part of her."

Her father is also impressed, although at first he was opposed to his daughter working with sex offenders. Since last August, they have found housing for 42 of the 100 men at the Julia Tuttle Causeway and more placements are underway.
- Really?  Where is the proof of these 42 houses found?  The residence under the bridge, say differently .

"She wants to make sure this place is closed down," said Book. "She has taken this personally and she is the one who went through this. Far be it from me to tell her as an advocate that she shouldn't feel that way."

Both still strongly support registration of sex offenders and residency restrictions, saying they work, even if the homeless men at Julia Tuttle resent their work.
- So where is the proof it "works?"  Many studies have came out saying otherwise.

"They know who we are and don't like use very much," she said. "I wouldn't consider myself advocating for them. These people harmed children, and I don't think they can dictate where they get to live."
- Not all have harmed children, and where in the constitution does it say the state can tell someone where they can and cannot live?  Nowhere! How would you like it if the state came to you and said you had to move?

"Some of them say they are victims and it's not their fault," said Book-Lim, who admits she'll be in therapy for the rest of her life. "But guess what? I was given a life sentence. This person murdered my childhood. I walk through a life that is broken."
- It's only a "life sentence" if you let it be a life sentence!

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VA - Speaking Out Against Abuse

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10/12/2009

By Caitlin Hawes

HARRISONBURG - As the five panel members took their seats behind the long table they shared, the audience shifted in their seats. Two speakers were therapists, two were sexual abuse victims and one was a former sexual offender. Their nametags bore only their first names and no indication of their status, which was revealed only gradually.

The panel was part of Stop It Now!’s Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Dialogue, hosted in ISAT on Wednesday night.

I would like you to understand how emotionally difficult it is for our panel to sit together as one panel, than it is for us to sit before you,” said Sarah Lewis, a licensed clinical social worker who
sat on the panel.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, one in four women and one in five men in Virginia have experienced sexual abuse before age 18.

All of us will be affected by this issue. It can happen within our very own families and within our very own lives,” said Trent Wagler, the prevention educator for The Collins Center, an organization which aids victims of sexual abuse.

WANDA: Thriving Despite All

Wanda, the first victim to speak, grew up in a Mennonite farm in Pennsylvania. Her perpetrator, Alvin, was a 56 year-old man hired to help the family on the farm. She was 13 at the time.

He would ask me about sexual things related to animals,” she said, saying that these comments lead up to him touching her and beyond. “He knew my parents were Mennonite and that I didn’t know anything about sex. He himself was Mennonite.”

Children that know nothing about sex or their anatomy are often easier prey for sexual offenders, according to Lewis.

Show me a kid that knows nothing about sex and you’ve showed me my next victim,” Lewis later said, quoting a perpetrator with whom she once worked.

For years, Wanda drank alcohol to cope with her inner turmoil and she “fell apart” when a co-worker later sexually harassed her.

I became seriously suicidal and emotionally a wreck,” she said.

But now, after therapy and talking on the panel, she has come closer to a normal life.

I’m a thriver today, too,” Wanda said. “I don’t want to keep silent.”

MIKE: Prison for Six Years

Mike grew up in a rural part of the Shenandoah Valley with his sister and his college educated parents. In sixth grade, despite his activities such as youth group, scouting and piano playing, he sensed his parents lost interest in him.

I didn’t have a very good self-perception,” he said. Kids at school began to pick on him.

One day, he helped his sister babysit and bathe a five-year-old neighbor and described the incident as his first sexual encounter with children.

I was sexually aroused, actually,” he said.

After moving to Pennsylvania, church friends invited him to be a junior camp counselor.

It was the first time I had a population, a demographic looking up to me,” he said. He found that he sought attention from the children, realizing that he preferred their attention over his peers’.

Mike would first make the victim comfortable sleeping in his bed by encouraging them to take naps there, making sure they wore loose-fitting clothing and testing how difficult it was to wake them up. Like most perpetrators, Mike meticulously planned each violation.

This is a very planned event,” Ana Castaneda, the associate director of the Collins Center, said afterwards, “but a lot of times children think that’s something that just happened, and it’s because of what they did.”

Wanda reflected this concept.

I thought I was a bad person just because what had been done to me,” Wanda said earlier during her introduction.

Mike said he cared about these kids and didn’t think he was “doing something wrong.”

However, a victim finally told his parents and Mike was arrested and sent to prison for six years.

I was just an emotional wreck,” Mike said. “In the front of my mind was, well, I’d lost this person with whom I’d had this strong emotional tie. I thought it was love. I called it love.”

Many perpetrators think they are the victims, said Joseph G. Lynch, the other licensed clinical social worker on the panel.

After learning in prison how to deal with other adults, he now tries to see himself from the victims’ perspective. He always brings a friend when he goes out to make other people more comfortable with his presence.

KEITH: A Broken Shovel

Keith was a middle child of five from Pennsylvania. As a young teen, his father, a pastor, met a man named Willard who offered Keith the “wonderful opportunity to travel with a great Christian man.” However, as the trips went on, the abuse started.

It was like I was a rag doll,” Keith said. “I would fall up to the ceiling every night. I would watch what was going on, but I wasn’t there.”

When he told his dad, the response was, “Well that’s too bad what he did to you.” So Keith decided to bury his pain with his “shovel.”

He became depressed and suicidal, even going to the bridge over New River Gorge in West Virginia with the intent to jump. However, he decided that if he died, his burden would only be passed on to his family, so he went home.

Finally, he sought more help. While speaking Wednesday, he constantly smiled, made jokes and referred to himself as the “troublemaker” of the panel.

I couldn’t bury my past anymore. It’s broken,” he said, displaying a broken shovel he had brought. “That doesn’t mean every day is good to you.”

The Road to Recovery

According to the Virginia Department of Health, in Virginia, 89 percent of the perpetrators are male, 90 percent of the victims know their perpetrator and 43 percent of the offenders are household members.

When Wanda was asked how she felt sharing a panel with a previous offender, Mike reached for the mic instead. He lifted it out of its holder and, rather than speaking, offered it to Wanda in a gesture of friendship. Wanda laughed as he passed it to her.

He’s working on his stuff just like the rest of us,” she said. “It’s helped me to have contact with Mike. I talked to him, got to know him.” She added that she felt comfortable and “safe” around him because he was open about the crimes he had committed.

Keith had slightly more complex feelings toward Mike.

Mike scared the shit out of me when I found out he was going to serve with me — Sorry!” he said, glancing over at Mike and raising his palm up in an apologetic gesture. The panel laughed.

It’s OK,” Mike said.

Keith said that his initial fears were because Mike was the first offender against boys he had met.

Each time I listen to him, I learn something,” Keith said of Mike. “I’m honored to sit beside this guy.”

And of Keith, Mike said, “It really struck home when I met him… because I understood what the potential consequences to the later development in a victim would be… That gives me a lot more empathy for the victim.”

Neither Keith nor Wanda expressed discomfort sitting next to Mike.

There’s a lot more anxiety in not knowing who’s an offender,” Castaneda said.

The panel collaborated to enlighten the audience to prevent future sexual abuse incidents. Wagler promoted prevention through teaching adults to recognize warning signs, providing tools for help and having adults initiate conversations with other adults.

In our society,” said Jacki Buffington-Vollum, a clinical psychologist and Justice Studies professor, “sex is such a taboo topic.”


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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NY - Gun offender registry proposed (04/29/2009)

Why do we pick and chose who goes on a registry? Why not put all criminals on a criminal registry? So we all can know all the criminals living around us? It wastes a ton of money to create a ton of different registries, instead of one registry with everyone on it. But, that is only common sense, which we do not have in congress!

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WI - Proposed Drug Offenders Registry

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10/11/2009

By Molly Hendrickson

Convicted drug dealers may soon have to register to reside in Brown County, similar to the way sex offenders have to register.

Brown County Supervisor Bernie Erickson says, "if you're caught doing something illegal, why should you be protected?"

Erickson is pushing for drug offender registry.

"It's valuable for citizens or residents to know who's living in their area and who's their neighbor."

Erickson's proposal would require convicted drug users and dealers to register with Brown County, much like sex offenders do, and have their names and addresses printed in the paper.

"I would like to take that a step further and maybe have a hotline or something online, where people could go type in their zipcode and see who's living in that general area."

Brown County already has a drug offender neighborhood search on its website. All you do is type in a zip code and a listing comes up the names of offenders, their address at the time of their conviction and their offense.

The difference would be, offenders would have to register with the county and their current information would be available to the public.

Several states like Minnesota and Tennessee have launched methamphetamine databases, that critics have attacked for stigmatizing reformed drug offenders, making it harder them to find employment and housing.

But Ben Heiman, president of the Imperial Neighborhood Association says the public has a right to know. "Anything that will help to curtail some of the problems is a good thing."

The topic will be discussed during Monday night's executive committee.


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin (United States Constitution, Bill of Rights)

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