Sunday, May 11, 2014

AUSTRALIA - Fears the sex offender register is not the solution to keeping kids safe

Man freaking out
Original Article


By Sally Whyte and Elizabeth McKenzie

Community fears have been heightened with reports a known sex offender has been seen loitering near children in Melbourne.

In a separate incident, police are investigating reports that a man approached a boy at a Daylesford school on Thursday afternoon. The boy notified a teacher, who passed the information to police.

Former head of Victoria Police's child protection squad Chris O'Connor, said the community is understandably alarmed at such cases.

Mr O'Connor said he is comforted that in 2014 the community is positively responsive to this kind of activity.

Mr O'Conner said there are thousands of people on the sex offender registry, and 24 hour police surveillance would be impossible.

'There are thousands of people on the registry we clearly and very quickly come to the realisation that we would never have enough police to be able to satisfy totally the community as to their level of protection against these people.'

Mr O'Connor says parents have a responsibility to protect children, but warns against the public taking the law into their own hands.

'Vigilantism is often the result of a couple of things, victimisation or ignorance or a total lack of understanding of the circumstance. It is irrational behaviour.'

Mr O'Connor said children should be educated about how to respond in the unlikely event they come into contact with sex offenders.

'Teach them basic crime prevention, be aware of who is around, remove yourself or call out to somebody. If somebody approaches you, you yell the living daylights out.'


Mark said...

It is almost to the point now with myself, that if I witness a "child" falling and getting hurt, or lost, or crying alone at a mall, or in a grocery store at a counter, or drifting to and fro in the aisles at a department store and such, I do not get involved; I make a hasty retreat elsewhere. Why? Because the level of societies "paranoia" has not even peaked, I actually feel I would be at great risk aiding a child in need of some assistance therefore, I always look for an escape route to preserve myself. Now doesn't this stink? That I have to resort to this level of self preservation because of a tremendous fear of being misinterpreted by the myopia of so, so many others because you would be at the mercy of their limited, broken, twisted perceptual capabilities due to the tremendous media blitz, neighbor talk, talk shows etc.

NJ45143112 said...

Proof positive that public office numbs the brain!
Tell me Ofcr. Googins (is that really a name?), why do you think that ordinances like this failed in the past is just about every jurisdiction?
I'll give you a hint: there is a piece of paper called the Constitution which says you can't deny rights arbitrarily to citizens...
Oh, there is also that little bit of research by the Justice Department that points out that recidivism is very low for ex-offenders and the greatest enemy is the one you don't know...
Worse, that enemy may be somebody you do know and is very close to you!
Do some research, find somebody with a brain if you don't know how to use yours and get a clue!

NJ45143112 said...

I should also take a moment to mention that the complex my girlfriend lives in recently had a bit an uproar when a resident (we assume) sent out letters to the other residents (except for the management) to advise that a sex offender had moved into one of the apartments.
Despite initial concerns and my concern for visiting the same complex, I learned some amazing things:
1. The people I knew and befriended in the complex were very supportive of this guy and were of the opinion that he had paid his debt and should be allowed to live.
2. The manager actually went and did some solid research to ensure that not only was this guy not a threat but how to defend him. She even took him to Starbucks to talk the matter through!
3. Many tenants that responded to the letter were angry that somebody would actually try and defame a fellow tenant (even if he'd only lived there for a few months)...
For myself, and my girlfriend, this takes a major load off knowing that my past would not adversely affect our standing in the community!
In light of public officials making asses of themselves, it's reassuring to know that REAL people still exist in this world and are willing to be not only empathetic but supportive!
God Bless!

Steve said...

Oh yeah..I forgot that offenders only walk. WE never drive a car or motorcycle or bicycle or horse or cart or other means of transportation. The world is SOOO much safer by limiting where WE can live. Duh! Let's not forget that offenders have the lowest rate of recidivism or any crime (3.5%) which means that 96.5% of offender NEVER offend again.