Comment of the Day: “America’s Untouchables, Continued…”

Commenter Shelly Stow has the Comment of the Day, with some useful calculations inspired by the post “America’s Untouchables, Continued…”:

“Every time I read about the creation of “child-safe” zones, I just shake my head. According to the latest statistics from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Division of the DOJ about who child molesters are, for victims age 6 and below, 58.7% are family members, 39.7% family acquaintances, and 1.8% strangers (and not all of the stranger group are registered offenders; in fact, few are); for victims age 7-11: 50.5% family; 46.7% acquaintances; 2.7% strangers; and for victims age 12-17: 21.7% family; 72.9% acquaintances; 5.7% strangers–keeping in mind that only a tiny percentage of the stranger groups are registered offenders.

“Based on this, the only “zone” that would keep children out of the reach of potential molesters and therefore safe from sexual abuse is a zone that would exclude their parents, siblings, grandparents, entire extended family, baby sitters, neighbors, teachers, playmates’ parents, siblings…..everyone in their lives.”

3 thoughts on “Comment of the Day: “America’s Untouchables, Continued…”

  1. Come on people! Everyone knows, and are will aware the facts cited above and that is why you fight real hard keep the focus on ‘stranger danger’. Believe me, families know who it is in their family that is a danger, who has molested a child in the family: uncle Charlie, cousin mike, Jack, the long time famliy friend who is always over for Thanksgiving hugging and feeling up on 12 year old Sally. They know. But because it is so embarrassing to have this type of thing get outside the family, its just easier to point the finger elsewhere, deflect attention away from themselves; hence, ‘stranger danger’ makes for the perfect vehicle to use. Therefore, all the statistics cited above by Ms. Stow will just BOUNCE off the heads of the proponents of child safety zones so this information is all for naught. To prove it–just show it to them and record their reaction(s).

  2. I recently devised a board game which I call SYNAPTIC STRATEGIES I use the same tools used on sex offenders while on therapy. The real object of the game is to determine who among the players can be considered a sex offender. See some of the question on the following link http://synapticstrategies.yolasite.com/evaluation-a.php or http://synapticstrategies.yolasite.com/evaluation-b.php try the evaluations out on your own or with friends you’d be surprised who among can be considered a sex offender. The board game is still a work in progress

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