Sex Offender Registry Myths and Facts

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Sex Offender Registry Myths and Facts

There are countless myths that circulate online about the sex offender registry and the almost 1 million people that are forced to be on the “list.”

Let’s take a few moments and discuss a few of these misconceptions about a class of people that are often misunderstood. I follow up with real, accurate statistics while debunking falsehoods and rumors about people on the registry.

Video Transcript

“As you know, I’m a register in time on the sex offender registry from a horrible mistake that I made about 14 years ago.

Oh, wait a minute. Hold on a second. If I’m on the registry, then this doesn’t look right. I mean I’m out here in the forest. Let me change let me change something for a sec. Maybe this will look better to you. Let me get over here and show you what I’m talking about. Okay, there we go. I’m in the bushes. Let’s flip this around again peering through the bushes. I am on the registry now. I mean the point I’m trying to make here is I’m not trying to make light of it or a joke… okay. I’m just trying to point out that there’s a lot of misconceptions about people on the registry. Everybody on the registry is a pedophile …everybody on the registry molests children. Sure. There is a small percentage but the majority no, and so today on my latest video here.

I wanted to go over some myths about people on the sex offender registry. Let’s take a look. Okay the first myth people who commit sexual offenses do not know their victims. Do not know sure. There’s a very small percentage. But listen to this according to Pennsylvania sexual offenders assessment board nine in ten children, or excuse me, not intend child victims know their offender with almost half of the offenders being the victim’s family members in offenses against people 12 or older about eight and ten victims know their offender.

So that is the first myth we’re going to debunk today another one that you know people get confused about people who commit sexual offenses find their victims at school yards and playgrounds. Let’s take a look again, Pennsylvania sex offenders assessment board explains that most quote most child sexual abusers offend against children whom they know and with whom they have established a relationship many sexual assaults of adult women are considered “confidence rapes” and that the offender knows the victim and that has used that familiarity to gain access again as I go over these myths I’m not condoning any of this.

I don’t want you to think I condone any of this. I’m just trying to get the right education and the right facts out to people through this channel.

Number three people who commit sexual offenses are going to do it again. According to recidivism studies sexual offenders are no more prone to reoffend than those who have been convicted of other crimes less than 2 in 10 sex offenders will be arrested or convicted for a new sex crime within six years by comparison about six and ten of all individuals released from prison are a re-arrested within three years with just three years. And here’s here’s a big one here. It is better for society to keep people who commit sexual offenses at arm’s length when they are unable… me and about a million people on the sex offender registry when they are unable to locate suitable housing many offenders become homeless. Obviously, if you don’t if you don’t provide a second chance people on the registry are going to go homeless, they are homeless. A lot of them are they can’t find jobs and all that. They don’t have support in the community. It’s this is sort of a banishment. I mean, it should make sense you banish someone you don’t let them re-establish their life after incarceration. Then what’s going to happen? They’re going to go on the fringes of society.

I want to thank you again for the support and for the mostly nice comments I of course get rude comments, but you know what can’t please everybody. I’ll talk to you soon.”

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