Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Protecting Our Children

Do you all know about this important site? Jackie, a blog reader of mine, sent me this link, and I finally had a chance to check it out.

Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, this site allows you to search for perpetrators via name or zip code.

Although I'm skeeved out to learn that there are 2 registered sex offenders within my town (and another 8 in my area), KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

You just never know.

What's even worse?

In the little village in upstate NY where I grew up? With a meager population of 2,500? There are 28 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS.

*shudder*

So please check it out. And let me know what you find.

14 comments:

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I check out the registry every so often. And hate doing it. Everytime I see one of those faces that lives near me, it turns my stomach. There are quite a few in my town and even more in the town next to me. Thanks for sharing this with other readers that may not know about it!

AmyG said...

That site is sobbering, isn't it?

I have 8 that live with in a 3 mile radius from us. Some live with in a mile. Very scary.

We actually had one that lived in our trailer park, until early last year. Very scary!

K said...

It is kind of scary that 3 offenders live in our neighborhood. I know it is a big neighborhood, but still. At least the offenses were not against children.

Now I will be looking at everyone as I drive home and wondering...

Elaine said...

That's scary. Some grandmother at our school last year brought in a print out of how many sex offenders were living in somewhat close proximity to the school. It was absolutely frightening.

Hey, send me your email address so I can add you to my readers. I've gone private for awhile.

elaine.m.gerken@gmail.com

A Buns Life said...

I KNOW!! I search every couple of months just to be aware, but it is the everyday people that I scrutinize even closer....my son's coaches, my neighbors who we finally trust to let the kids go play at their house without me being there 100% of the time....it makes me very nervous because most of the time it is THOSE people who are going to do IT. But, I can't keep my children under my wing forever either.....

A Buns Life said...

This is the site that I use, it actually maps the offenders so you can see where they live.

http://www.familywatchdog.us/

Patois said...

I do check out our state's site every couple of months, particularly when the kids start on a new sports team or some other recreational gathering. Yeah, it's sickening, but I'm so glad they have it.

amanda said...

thanks for this friend. although my stomach is turning it's good to be in the know.

i just don't understand...

O's Working Mommy said...

Yeah ... Disturbing we have a halfway house for them in my town.
Along with the 4 others 2 of which live within 5 miles of my house.

Southern Fried Girl said...

We have a cool 99 in my zip code. That's awesome. I love living here.

Wait, no I don't.

Shasta said...

I've checked it before but not for a long time. There are 40 in my county and 7 in my town, 2 of those 7 are for sexual abuse of children and the one I went to high school with. Just sick. This is why I'll probably never let my kids stay over night with friends. It's so sad when you have to be cautious of everyone.

hqm said...

Oh yes, I check it out now and again...make sure no one new has moved into the hood!
Scary, but, I am glad to know!

Shanna said...

Thanks, I have been meaning to check up with this. We used to have one that was very close. Found out that the Salvation Army near us lets them live there and register there. That was disturbing.

katesaid said...

OK, I'm going to be the voice of dissent here.

Of course we should be vigilant about our children. And it's always better to know your neighbors than not, by sight and by profession and by name.

But.

These registries? Are completely useless, to the general public. COMPLETELY useless in terms of crime *prevention*. They are beautiful, important things for police to use when a crime is suspected or has been committed, but beforehand? They don't help.

What they do is to create a simultaneous sense of paranoia - "Oh my God, there are so many out there!" - and false security - "Phew, now I know." The reality is that your kids already know the people who are most likely to sexually abuse them. Stranger crimes are incredibly rare - and I do think measures should be taken to teach kids to be cautious or even fearful of most strangers - and sex crimes are almost always perpetrated by someone your child has a relationship with. Teachers, religious leaders, bus drivers, crossing guards, janitors, parents, uncles, cousins... it's horrible, but very very true.

So, no. I've never clicked on them, and won't. (And, sorry, I know, I'm soapboxing all over your blog; but this was one of my master's projects - I have an MS in criminal justice, among others. It's a reflex, for me.)

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