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#202388 - 01/29/08 08:04 PM Online predator
Stephen_5 Offline
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I just read this potential new law requiring convicted sex offenders to register all of their internet identities so that they can be kept off of the social networking sites. It sounds good but what about the enforcement? Again, this only targets the ones that have already been convicted.

http://money.excite.com/jsp/nw/nwdt_rt_t...ias/money/cm/nw

Steve

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#202396 - 01/29/08 08:23 PM Re: Online predator [Re: Stephen_5]
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I think laws without teeth are useless and nothing more than a rub to try and make someone feel good. On-line identities can be changed and/or modified in seconds either with intent or on a whim. Trusting that already un-trustworthy individuals will do as you ask is incredibly foolish. The article even says that the offenders they want to track are under no obligation to even provide IP addresses. That, to me, would have to be a basic piece of information authorities would need to have in order to hold out any hope of tracking even a small percentage of them.

Someone had a brain fart but never followed through on how to make it work in the real world.

ROCK ON.......Trish

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#202416 - 01/29/08 09:36 PM Re: Online predator [Re: Trish4850]
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What a waste of time. Sheesh

Roger


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#202420 - 01/29/08 09:46 PM Re: Online predator [Re: Freedom49]
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Personally i think if people wanted to truly stop sexual offenders we would punish them for there crimes but when they are released back into society instead of isolating them we should offer them treatment. I obviously think it is important to make sure they aren't putting kids in danger. However i think all the system dose now is isolate and make it more likely for them to re-offend.

Thats my thoughts, Christopher


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#202427 - 01/29/08 10:11 PM Re: Online predator [Re: theatrekid]
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I wonder a few things in this post.

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Again, this only targets the ones that have already been convicted.


I guess this statement confuses me. Who else would it target? Surely you don't mean to imply that people who are in treatment for sexual attractions to children should fall under this law if they haven't broken any.

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instead of isolating them we should offer them treatment


How very true Christopher. And make sure the T is trained in treating offenders.

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i think all the system dose now is isolate and make it more likely for them to re-offend.


Not only does it set them up to possibility 're-offend' but it is also set up in such a way that it "isolates" the person who has feelings like this and could set them up to offend for the first time.

Sorry to get on my soap box.

James

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#202450 - 01/29/08 11:22 PM Re: Online predator [Re: James_dup1]
AndyJB2005 Offline
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We need to stop seeking the bogeyman online, less than 1000 feet from a school or park, or freakin' driving the white vans, and start looking inside OUR homes...where it REALLY goes on. But no one wants to think that THEIR family could be like that. Why never! Let's blame the internet!

Sheesh.

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#202542 - 01/30/08 09:46 AM Re: Online predator [Re: AndyJB2005]
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I agree that treatment is necessary for offenders and that it can help. However, there are certain sexual predators out there who will not benefit from such treatment because they don't think there's anything wrong with them. There are evil people in this world. Yes, it's a small percentage, thank G_d, but those people need to be tracked. The sad fact is that by the time they're caught, they've damaged maybe hundreds of young lives, to allow them the opportunity to ruin one more is not acceptable.

Now, how do you separate out the ones who can be helped vs. the ones who cannot or will not be helped without some oversight system in place? When you figure it out, let me know.

ROCK ON.........Trish

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#202609 - 01/30/08 02:46 PM Re: Online predator [Re: AndyJB2005]
roadrunner Offline
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Originally Posted By: AndyJB2005
We need to stop seeking the bogeyman online, less than 1000 feet from a school or park, or freakin' driving the white vans, and start looking inside OUR homes...where it REALLY goes on. But no one wants to think that THEIR family could be like that. Why never! Let's blame the internet!


What he said ^ ^ ^ !!!

More than 90% of abused kids are molested by someone they know, and usually the abuse occurs in a place familiar to them.

One thing that astonishes me is the way pedophiles set up their own fantasy world allowing them to believe that they will not be caught, even though they have heard about how chat rooms are full of vice cops these days (for example). The cops bust a guy in his home and what do they find on his PC? Records of every kid he has molested, including intimate details that could only be known through abuse. What are these guys thinking?

I doubt they will be deterred by new registers of Internet identities, just as they have not been deterred by Megan's Law requirements.

Trish makes the good point that some of these dangerous characters do need to be tracked, but who will do that? The police departments that ought to be responsible are already flooded with work and limited by ever-expanding budget cuts.

Much love,
Larry

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#202619 - 01/30/08 03:10 PM Re: Online predator [Re: roadrunner]
AndyJB2005 Offline
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Originally Posted By: roadrunner
The police departments that ought to be responsible are already flooded with work and limited by ever-expanding budget cuts.


Agreed! And when we focus our police forces in wrong directions, it's easy to miss what really needs to be watched. They are completely overwhelmed by how many people they have to watch because of new and useless laws, in my opinion. Then we get mad when they don't/can't do their jobs.

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#202641 - 01/30/08 06:04 PM Re: Online predator [Re: AndyJB2005]
Lazarus Offline
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How about putting monitoring bracelets on everyone convicted of a sex crime? They don't have to be kept under house arrest, but when they are 'out and about' for whatever reason, there will be record of where they've been. THAT ought to help keep these folks out of trouble, it's cheap and doesn't require much manpower.

Just a thought,

Lazarus

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