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Bureau of Justice Statistics

September 22, 2009 Comments off

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Statistics

Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics
-a Statistical Report (PDF)

Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement:
Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics
by Howard N. Snyder, Ph.D.
National Center for Juvenile Justice
July 2000, NCJ 182990

A Statistical Report using data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System
This work was supported in part by a grant from the American Statistical Association with funds
provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Excerpt from Conclusions:

Nearly 5 of every 6 sexual assaults of young juveniles occurred in a residence. Crimes against older juveniles and, especially, adult victims were far more likely to occur in other places.

Adults were the offenders in 60% of the sexual assaults of youth under age 12. Rarely were the offenders of young juvenile victims strangers. Strangers were the offenders in just 3% of sexual assaults against victims under age 6 and 5% of the sexual assault victimizations of youth ages 6 through 11. Sexual assaults of children under the age of 6 were the least likely of all such crimes to result in arrest or be otherwise cleared. The NIBRS data indicate that law enforcement identified the offender in just a third (34%) of the sexual assaults of children under age 6 and nearly half (45%) of the victimizations of youth ages 6 through 11.

See tables from this report by clicking on thumbnails below:

Offender Probabilities (note: probabilities of a stranger assaulting a child are extremely low compared with family and acquaintances)

Victim-Offender Relationships (note: family member and acquaintances account for 93% of juvenile offenses)

Age Profile of Offenders (note: the highest rate of offenders are just children themselves, 14-18 yrs, of age)

Get-tough Stand is Too Expensive, isn’t Productive

September 22, 2009 Comments off

miamiherald.com : Get-tough stand is too expensive, isn’t productive.

South Florida cities and counties have clung to ill-considered ordinances that by now have forced upwards of 80 sex offenders to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway — recasting Miami into a place given to medieval justice.

Newsweek, in this week’s issue, became only the latest national publication to eviscerate Miami’s image, describing the causeway camp as “a squalid and dreary place. The air is thick and stifling, reeking of human feces and of cat urine from all the strays that live there . . . Makeshift dwellings sprawl out in every direction — tents clinging to concrete pylons, rickety shacks fashioned out of plywood, a camper shell infested with cockroaches. There is no running water or sewage system; inhabitants relieve themselves in shopping bags and toss the sacks into a pile of refuse that they burn periodically.”

Unintended Consequences

The Newsweek article describes how Ron Book, the lobbyist who had pushed for the Draconian residency restrictions for sex offenders, now recognizes the escalating unintended consequences.

But even Book may find that city and county commissioners who originally voted for his get-tough ordinances won’t be so receptive to a softer approach.

Policitians are not easily convinced to back off the concept of getting tough, even when the policy equates to getting stupid.

Mayor Calls Sex Offender Law ‘Waste Of Time, Money’

September 22, 2009 Comments off

wptz.com (Vermont) : Barre Mayor Calls Sex Offender Law ‘Waste Of Time And Money’.

The mayor of the city of Barre is recommending that officials not fight for an ordinance that regulates where sex offenders can live, nearly two weeks after a judge struck it down. Mayor Thomas Lauzon is recommending the city drop an ordinance that regulates where convicted sex offenders can live.

This comes after a Superior Court judge upheld Barre resident Christopher Hagan’s appeal of the city’s ” Child Safety Ordinance.” Lauzon told The Rutland Herald the city should not pursue an appeal because it would be a “waste of time and money.”

“Our likelihood of success in appealing the ruling to the state supreme court is extremely remote, Lauzon said. “We could place that item on the local ballot and seek a charter change from the Legislature, but my assessment — given the current political climate — would be that the effort would be turned into a political football. Again, our likelihood of success is diminished. I think our time is really best spent in working with the legislature to overhaul the sex offender registry, I think most agree that our registry is remedial at best.”

False Sex Offender Flier at School

September 22, 2009 Comments off

ProvidenceJournal (R.I.) : Warwick PD: Flier about sex offender at school is wrong.

The police are working to debunk a flier that’s circulating in the community suggesting a registered sex offender may have been photographing a child on a school playground Tuesday evening.

The police have determined that the man named on the flier was not at the school that night and was not doing what the flier suggests, Police Capt. Robert Nelson said Friday morning.

“We’ve investigated that. He was not there. We know where he was,” Nelson said. “We know everything about him. He’s provided alibis, and we’ve confirmed those. He wasn’t there. It wasn’t him.”

According to Nelson, it all began at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a husband and wife saw a man who they thought was photographing a child on the jungle gym at Wyman Elementary School, located at 1 Columbia Ave. After the couple apparently found a picture of a registered sex offender on an online database — Nelson doesn’t know which one — and thought he could have been the man they saw, someone else began circulating fliers, according to the police.

The fliers wrongly accuse the man, Nelson said. “The problem is that they kind of went off and did their own thing and were wrong,” he said. ” … They jumped the gun but never got the actual facts.”

“When you start identifying people and maligning them wrongly, they have civil liability,” Nelson said. “So you open yourself up to — particularly when you put them in flier form, it becomes a problem. Not withstanding the hysteria and concern you cause the neighbors for something that may or may not have happened or may not be legitimate.”

The sex offender has been fully cooperative with the police and was appropriately registered, Nelson said.

More stupid Americans raptured up in the hysteria of their own mind, causing harm to someone who did nothing wrong. This vigilante couple should be prosecuted and sued.