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Sex Offenders Living Next Door

Watching our 2 little girls play outside in the sunshine is always amazing for us. Watching them run, laugh, and play with their friends, with no worries in the world is a wonderful thing to see. Our girls are 4 and 5 years old, and though they have been told not to talk to strangers, they still don’t fully grasp the concept that some people could hurt them. Imagine how my wife and I felt when we learned that there are 3 convicted sex offenders living in the same area as us. Three of them, within a block of our home, and living next to the area where our children play. In Canada the public is not permitted to see the sex offender registry. That has to change.

I understand that there is concern for the safety of these criminals, and that some people would take it upon themselves to render the Justice they believe is more deserved than what was handed down by the court. For example, they are still breathing. I understand that they may be in physical danger if their identities were known to all. But that should not trump the safety of our children. 52% of all convicted sex offenders are likely to repeat(Stats Canada). So that means at least one, possibly 2, of the offenders living close to our family are likely to attack, rape, and possibly murder a child, again. As far as I am concerned that puts my children at an unacceptable risk.  And the Canadian Government believes that we have no right to be aware of that. We do not let our children go outside to play without one of us going with them. Ever. However other parents do, and we see children as young as 4 outside playing with only a slightly older sibling with them. Sometimes not even that. I am sure those children would not be free to do that if the parents knew what we do. And they will be told. It is wrong that we have to do that, and it is wrong that we were not made aware of this, somehow. Property values, money, or housing issues should not matter one single bit when considering where these Sex Offenders can live. The protection of Society and especially our children should be the first concern.

When my concerns were expressed to MP Guy Lauzon I got this as a reply,

NATIONAL SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

The previous Liberal government spent a lot of time, energy and money trying to get every long gun in the country registered with a central agency. They believed it was more important to register long guns than convict sexual predators. Our government disagrees. We feel it is more important to protect Canadians from sexual predators than from farmers and duck hunters using long guns.
This week we introduced legislation to support our beliefs and convictions. Police services and victim’s groups have been clear: the National Sex Offender Registry must be strengthened to better protect our children and communities from sexual predators. Our Conservative government agrees.
Currently, a convicted sex offender is registered only when the Crown requests it, and a judge agrees. Our bill would make registration automatic on conviction. The legislation would also require all convicted sex offenders to provide a DNA sample for the National DNA Data Bank.Currently the police can only use the Registry to solve crimes after they happen. Our new legislation will allow police to use the Registry pro-actively to protect society from convicted sexual predators re-offending.
Another flaw in our current Registry is that sexual offenders outside of Canada are not registered. Even convicted child molesters from outside of the country are not included at present. Our new legislation will address this weakness.
I sincerely believe that the residents of Stormont, Dundas and South Glengarry are as vulnerable as Canadians living in large cities. I am especially concerned with the sexual exploitation of our children. I believe strengthening the Sex Offender Registry is a step in the right direction.

That does not address my concerns nor does it say anything about Canadians having access to it. Sure police should be able to see it, that’s a no brainer. But I also think that every Canadian should be able to see if a convicted Sexual Predator is living next door, THAT would be a bigger step in the right direction. I hope something happens to change this situation, before another child pays the price for the lack of action by the current Government.

Please sign this petition to add your voice and concerns.

Update: I received a call from Mr. Lauzon a short while ago and it is apparent it was not him that sent me that email response, rather someone from his office. After speaking to him about my concerns, he promised to speak with the chief of police and try and find out as much information as he could. Kudos to Mr. Lauzon for returning my call so promptly and taking my concerns seriously.

April 27, 2010, 12:38 PM - Posted by | All News

28 Comments »

  1. Yes, they do exist and until we can get effective legislation based on EVIDENCE BASED RESEARCH, we will continually be subjecting children and society to greater risks.

    I have spoken to many politicians and they all pretty much agree that these sex offender laws “endanger” rather than “protect.”

    No, I am not a sex offender, nor is anyone in my family.

    I have an open mind when it comes to the safety and security of children and society.

    Our laws are but “knee jerk,” “emotion based” that have no basis in RESEARCH! They are good for getting elected and ratings. That’s about it.

    I’m all for individual risk assessment in order to find those who have a propensity to reoffend.

    As things stand now, the “Predators are hiding in the registry” because the registry does NOT really differentiate between consensual teen sex or peeing on a tree.

    Comment by Linda | April 28, 2010, 10:59 AM | Reply

  2. Personal suggestion, from a parent to a parent..Never leave your children alone with ANYONE.
    Those you trust are the ones who will molest your children.

    You must treat everyone you know as a possible sex offender. Teachers, athletic coaches, pastor, priest, neighbor, uncle joe, aunt betty, anyone you trust.. anyone!
    Contact me, I will show you some things.
    Especially keep your children very, very close in stores and parks.
    If I were you, I would find out what your neighbors who are sex offenders actually did. They may have gotten caught having sex with their teen girlfriend 30 years ago.. when they were themselves teens. You never know. Here if you need me.

    Comment by cfcamericadotorg | April 28, 2010, 11:08 AM | Reply

  3. Well, you don’t know, what you don’t know. It isn’t so much what the SO that deserves but what we as a society deserve.

    We deserve to be safe and RESEARCH and percentages are a necessity to that end.

    Comment by Linda | April 28, 2010, 11:33 AM | Reply

  4. Those who did NOT KNOW their victim, is the most dangerous.

    )_Those who did NOT KNOW their victim, is the most dangerous.

    ____________________________________________

    They would 3 of the people in my neighborhood ( supposedly)
    The ones I want access to information on!

    cfc – yes we hope to find out what the offender were charged with ..for sure.
    I totally agree with treating everyone like a sex offender ( in your mind) you can’t be too careful IMO. Our children deserve so much more then what happened to poor little Haleigh Cummings. You can send beast an email we’d love to hear what you have to offer!
    Thanks for your input!

    Comment by C~A | April 28, 2010, 1:38 PM | Reply

  5. i wont to no if these sick basher live next door to me so if anyone no were i can find out then plzzzz let me no thank you

    Comment by cathrine | June 5, 2010, 7:16 PM | Reply

  6. I don’t have anything against men, in fact I’m married but I do think that all men who work with kids should be given penile plethysmograph tests to make sure that they are not attracted to children.

    Mothers, please remember the over 90 percent of child molestation is done by a dad, a brother, an uncle or a grandfather. Family friends should always be monitored closely as well. Never and I mean ever leave their kids in the care of any male.

    Comment by Linda R. | August 12, 2010, 12:06 AM | Reply

  7. Beast said, “It is not a misquote nore is it misleading. You are talking California and I am talking Canada. You cannot compare the 2. But I did notice you picked the lowest number and not the 44.93% repeat percentage also in that report. Who is being misleading?”

    Humans are hunmans regardless California or Canada.

    I quoted FIRST TIME offender rate of recidivism in this 10 year study. You are comparing a REPEAT offenders recidivism rate which makes my point that REPEAT offenders do have a high rate of recidivism. FIRST TIME offenders DO NOT HAVE A HIGH RATE of recidivism.

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/press/rsorp94pr.htm

    Highlights include the following:

    * Released prisoners with the highest rearrest rates were robbers (70.2%),
    burglars (74.0%),
    larcenists (74.6%),
    motor vehicle thieves (78.8%),
    those in prison for possessing or selling stolen property (77.4%), and those in prison for possessing, using, or selling illegal weapons (70.2%).

    * Within 3 years, 2.5% of released rapists were arrested for another rape,

    and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for homicide.

    Comment by Citizens For Change - Oklahoma | August 12, 2010, 8:27 AM | Reply

  8. Evidence for penis arousal tests unconvincing; used anyway in youth sex offenders – http://shar.es/007CI

    Comment by Citizens For Change - Oklahoma | August 12, 2010, 10:24 AM | Reply


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