Friday, June 14, 2013

CO - Sexually Violent Predator Educational Video

Our thoughts on the video:
  1. The only reason the community "has a right to know" is due to laws being passed based on myths.
  2. What about our "right to know" about all other ex-felons who live around us and who are more dangerous?
  3. These laws don't really keep anybody safe from someone determined to commit a crime, they are nothing more than a false sense of security.
  4. Starting at 1:15 the officer says there is a different between and registered sex offender (RSO) and a sexually violent predator (SVP).  Well, that is not exactly true, to a point.  Anybody who commits a sexual crime is forced to register, so therefore they are a RSO, but, that doesn't mean they are a SVP either, and a SVP is also a RSO.  So he is not 100% correct here.
  5. Around 2:20 the officer says that all SVP's are subject to community notification.  It is our understanding, which we may be wrong, that all RSO's, regardless of classification, are subject to this community notification, not just SVP's.  Maybe someone from this state can clarify that for us?  He also states that SVP's must register with the local police, but again, it's our understanding this affects all RSO's, not just SVP's.
  6. Polygraphs are junk science and they say that the results are not admissible in courts, yet they are used to violate someone.  Read more on Polygraphs.
  7. Around 4:20 the officer talks about treatment and rehabilitation, well, when you are forced on an online registry which people use to deny you jobs, a home, or target you or your family for harassment, or worse, rehabilitation is nonexistent!
  8. Around 6:10 the officer mentions that most sexual offenders have no criminal history at all, which also points out that most people who commit sexual crimes are not known (registered) sex offenders, but someone who hasn't been caught yet, and it also shows that re-offense rates are indeed low, not high.
  9. Around 6:50 the officer mentions that female sex offenders account for less than 10% of all RSO's.  Well, that is mainly because that when a female commits a sex crime, it's seen as a male "getting lucky" or the female was "depressed" or something else.  There is a double standard in society, and it is our opinion that if that was eliminated, women would account for a lot more sexual crimes, but that's just a hunch.
  10. The officer then goes on to show that most sexual crimes are committed by people the victim knows, not a stranger, and that most sex crimes are committed in the offenders own home or the victims.
  11. Around 9:15 the officer says that the community has a vested interest in helping the offenders re-integrate back into society, but again, the online registry and residency laws prevent that.  They force people into joblessness, homelessness, away from support, and also is a tool for vigilantes to use, which is an increasing problem.
  12. At 9:40 he also mentions that ex-offenders need housing, jobs and that harassment, or threats, won't be tolerated, which we seriously doubt due to what we've blogged about over the many years.


Mark said...

In my view, the only true way to keep children safe (from all the hysteria), is family education, family monitoring and some commonsense with PARENTS. Everyone is jumping on this bandwagon, confusing facts, while mom and/or dad is playing golf, or watching "ELLEN," ad nausea. Where are parents - where???? Why do parents need to be educated to educate their offspring? And this video is a true statement of how the state thinks about a sex offense.

Priapus said...

For what it's worth, I think when someone is "subject to community notification" it means the police manually notify the neighbors and community of the RSO's residence. On the other hand, when not a SVP, the neighbors must find the information themselves by going to the online Registry or to the police station and asking, etc. And some "less serious" offenders might not be on the public registry at all, or may not have their addresses listed. So the notification is greater the more serious the offense. At least that's my understanding in California.