Thursday, February 23, 2012
ALERT: Review of the Anderson Copper Show: Inside the mind of sex offenders
Our Comments About The Show:
Educating people on what to look for pertaining to sexual abuse, is a good thing, but not when you use titles like "Inside the mind of a sex offender" and the show is about people who have molested children, or have sexual desires toward children (pedophilia).
The show should've been called "Inside the mind of a child molester or pedophile" to be more accurate, not all sex offenders, which this show makes it seem, are either. Many are teens who have had sexual relations with their underage girlfriend, when they themselves were just a couple years older.
This is just pure disinformation. If you came out with a show called "Inside the mind of a Christian" and then had a couple radicals on your show who have committed hate crimes or terrorist acts, you can bet many other Christians would come out and say basically the same thing we are here.
Use the terms properly, and stop lumping all sex offenders into the "child molested / pedophile / predator / child killer" group, that is just wrong!
Three high profile cases in recent months have shed light on a crime that psychologists say can be prevented. Former Penn St. assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, LA school teacher Mark Berndt, and Clovis teacher Neng Yang all face charges of child sexual abuse. The crime is more rampant now than ever. US Attorneys have prosecuted hundreds of cases, putting the San Joaquin Valley at 5th in the nation. But prevention advocates say child sexual abuse can be stopped... And it all starts with communication.
Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary) updates constituents on the status of her legislation, Senate Bill 267 (PDF). The bill, referred to as Erin's Law, would enact a program educating youth on the dangers of childhood sexual abuse.
I was convicted in 2/99 and have had good jobs up until the online registry was invented in 2002 - since then I have had no luck with jobs in the state of Wisconsin where I was convicted. Now I moved to Florida in 2006 - reported my whereabouts to Wisconsin. Now, Florida charged me with failure to register in 2/2009 anyway, even though I continued my registration requirements in WI. I was found guilty for living in Florida. The point is I do not have to continue to register annually in the state in which I was convicted, however, I have to register semi-annually here. I had my rights restored in the state I was convicted, but Florida wont restore my rights here. Wow talk about a screwed up system.
We need to stop picking and choosing registries. If an unconstitutional punishment registry is okay for sex offenders and animal abusers, a registry and similar laws should be done across the board for ALL criminals.
By Robert Lang
The shooting death of a 7-month old puppy on a farm in Frederick County last month has inspired legislation in Annapolis to create an animal abuse registry.
Like the sex offender registry, those convicted of animal abuse resulting in the death or serious injury of an animal would be required to register their name and address with the Maryland State Police. The registry would be posted online.
- And like the sex offender punishment registry, it won't prevent an animal from being abused, nor protect any animal from abuse. It's just more knee-jerk laws that do nothing except help a politicians look "tough" on crime.
Lynette Kauffman, whose puppy Heidi was shot and killed several times on her farm last month, appeared in Annapolis Wednesday to testify in favor of the bill.
She hopes the registry will stop animal abuse.
- It won't.
"It will make people think twice, before doing something like this," Kauffman told WBAL News.
Kauffman, who is also vice president of a local golden retriever rescue, says the registry would help agencies like hers in screening people who are trying to adopt animals.
"It would give us the opportunity to access the registry, before we adopt a dog out to somebody else," Kauffman added.
Kauffman says police have not found the person who killed her puppy.
The bill has yet to get a vote in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. A similar bill has been introduced in the House of Delegates.
There are committee hearings Thursday on several related bills, including one that would crack down on puppy mills by requiring pet stores to disclose information about the dogs they sell.
Another measure would require someone convicted of animal cruelty to pay costs incurred in removing, housing, treating or euthanizing a confiscated animal.
Lawmakers are also considering legislation that would ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins in Maryland.
By Ria Novosti
A bill introducing life sentences and mandatory chemical castration for pedophiles passed the crucial second reading in the State Duma on Friday.
The draft bill, which tighten punishments for most kinds of sex crimes against minors, was introduced by the Kremlin in October and generated much debate and revision before the Friday reading.
The most widely discussed innovation is chemical castration, introduced in Russia for the first time. The bill in its current form only speaks about “mandatory medical treatment” without elaborating, but officials who worked on the draft said it includes both chemical castration and psychiatric drug treatment.
Mandatory castration will be one possible punishment for molesters who abuse children under 14, the Kremlin envoy to the parliament’s lower chamber Garri Minkh, said. Judges will have to consult with medical professionals before giving out this punishment, he added.
Convicts in other types of sex crimes involving minors will have the option of voluntarily seeking chemical castration when pleading for parole, the bill said. Dodging “mandatory medical treatment” after release on parole will be punishable with one year in jail.
The Duma also introduced life sentence as the maximum penalty for gang raping a minor, currently punishable with four to 10 years behind bars.
The bill has to pass one more hearing and gain approval by the Federation Council, the parliament’s upper chamber, before being signed into law by President Dmitry Medvedev. The date for the third hearing was not set on Friday.
Ombudsman for Children Pavel Astakhov said in 2010 that 98 percent (recidivism) of convicted pedophiles commit new sex crimes upon release but for those who undergo chemical castration the figure is only 3 percent. He also spoke, prior to the Kremlin bill’s introduction in the Duma, about a “pedophile lobby” stalling legislation on the matter in the parliament but never named any names.
Child abuse skyrocketed in 2010, increasing several times year-on-year for most type of sex crimes, Astakhov said last year. The dismal situation prompted activists to start vigilante groups tracking down pedophiles to report them to police or, in some cases, beat them up without involving law enforcements.
Countries that currently practice chemical castration for child molesters include Australia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland and South Korea, as well as several U.S. states, most notably Florida and California. But several human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, have protested its use over dire health side effects.
In the past, the practice was applied in other countries and not limited to sex offenders. Its most famous victim was British scientist Alan Turing, one of the fathers of computer science who was chemically castrated for being gay in 1952. He committed suicide two years later.
Aren't most who attend colleges considered adults? Since when did kids start attending?
By Kathleen Haughney
TALLAHASSEE -- Taking a cue from the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University, a Florida House committee Thursday approved a bill that would impose hefty fines if college administrators or police do not report child abuse or neglect.
- Hmm, more knee jerk reactions. If you really wanted to protect people, why not make this a law that if anybody doesn't report abuse, then they are fined as well? Why just colleges?
Universities and colleges could face $1 million fines if known or suspected abuse on campus or at school-sponsored functions goes unreported. HB 1355 would apply to public and private institutions.
Sponsor Rep. Chris Dorworth, R-Lake Mary, said he is not aware of Florida having problems similar to the scandal at Penn State, where administrators did not take action after receiving information about alleged child molestation by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
But Dorworth said people sometimes try to protect universities that have such things as popular athletics programs. When that happens, he said they make decisions that the "institution is more important than the child.''
Lobbyist Ron Book, whose daughter Lauren is a sexual-abuse victim, said scandals at Penn State, Syracuse University and The Citadel revealed issues about reporting abuse.
"This bill fixes those issues in Florida,'' said Book, whose daughter this week completed a walk across the state to try to increase efforts to prevent child abuse.
- Yeah right, she walked 1,500 miles in 39 days? I don't think so!
The potential fines are included in a broader bill dealing with child and sexual abuse that the House Health & Human Services Committee unanimously approved. A similar bill (SB 1816), which also includes fines if university officials don't report child abuse or neglect, has been approved by one committee.
Under the House bill, universities and colleges could be fined $1 million if administrators receive information from other staff members about known or suspected child abuse, abandonment or neglect and fail to report it. Also, they could be fined if they prevent other people from making reports.
Similarly, it would impose $1 million fines if campus law-enforcement agencies don?t report such known or suspected incidents. The fines would be imposed by the state Board of Governors.
By Anthony Bellano
Anna Jezycki has worked to get a state law enacted while three bills languish in the State Senate.
Galloway Township resident Anna Jezycki wants to know why no action has been taken on a bill that would make law the Jessica Lunsford Act, and she wasn’t satisfied with what she was told Tuesday night at the “Meet the Legislators” night at the municipal complex.
“We’re talking about the welfare of our children. There are a tremendous amount of pedophiles in New Jersey, and our children are in serious danger,” Jezycki told representatives for the Ninth Legislative District during Tuesday night’s forum.
Nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered by a registered sex offender in 2005. Lunsford was from Florida, and many states have enacted “Jessica’s Law” since. New Jersey is one of the few remaining that have not.
There are currently three bills pending before the New Jersey Senate that would establish the Jessica Lunsford Act in the state.
Bill S-380 (PDF), which concerns sentencing of sex offenders and persons who harbor them; would require electronic monitoring for certain sex offenders; and creates child protection zones, is currently before the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Bills S-642 (PDF) and A-2027 (PDF), which each propose a mandatory term of 25 years to life for aggravated sexual assault of children under 13, and increases the penalties for harboring certain sex offenders, are before the Senate and Assembly Judiciary committees, respectively.
According to Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, all four bills were reintroduced in January. According to Sen. Christopher Connors, until the chairperson for each of those committees puts their respective bill up for a vote, the bill can advance no further.
“It’s frustrating when the committee chair won’t post a bill for a vote,” Connors said. “ … For years, I sponsored a bill for criminal background checks for health care workers, and that bill languished for years.”
Connors said the bill was eventually passed when an elderly patient in Brick Township was stabbed by a health care worker who had a criminal background.
He also said he wants to help get the bill pushed through, but there’s nothing more he or his District 9 allies, Rumpf or DiAnne Gove, could do.
“You need to put pressure on the committees,” Connors said. “You need to put pressure on the chairperson of that committee, find a way to get the people who live in that person’s district. Get that district’s voters to put heat on them."
“If you appeal to the common interests of the voters in the other districts, they’ll start to say, ‘Why aren’t you pushing this bill through?’”
Connors said those seeking to get any of the bills pushed through could also reach out to Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Speaker Sheila Oliver or Gov. Chris Christie.
Jezycki is at the forefront of a strong push to get the Jessica Lunsford Act passed into law in the state. She led an effort to get letters mailed to the state's 188 municipalities urging them to support the act.
She was disappointed when, in 2009, the State Supreme Court invalidated a law that would allow municipalities to ban sex offenders from living within a designated distance of any school, park, playground, public library or daycare center.
Galloway Township previously had laws in place stating sex offenders can’t live within 2,500 feet of those types of areas, prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
Since then, Jezycki has been trying to get a form of the Jessica Lunsford Act passed to no avail, and is getting frustrated.
“You sponsor this bill,” Jezycki said to Connors and Rumpf. “We’ve sent letters to every municipality. We’ve made the phone calls. What more can we do?”
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