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.