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post #1 of 14
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Bruce's thread about inappropriate costumes led me to find this article. IMO these signs should be mandatory on pedophiles' homes.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n3356744.shtml
post #2 of 14
Putting up a sign like that for pedophiles homes is definitely a good idea
post #3 of 14
I agree totally.
post #4 of 14
What an excellent idea!!! Esp. since probation and parole offer viable alternatives to the signs, such as being elsewhere at an approved location. It protects the parolees from violating their conditions and, even more, IT PROTECTS THE KIDS!!
post #5 of 14
Er you'd be wanting those signs about 50-100feet leading up to the house, not just on the door. Kids might still knock and then the door opens

In fact, stick all the molesters in one big high security facility and let them live their lives out in seclusion.
post #6 of 14
Why aren't they in jail where they belong in the first place?

As long as they only give the signs to child offenders, I see no problem with them. That or giant neon signs that stay up permanently.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
Why aren't they in jail where they belong in the first place?

As long as they only give the signs to child offenders, I see no problem with them. That or giant neon signs that stay up permanently.
They probably did the time they were sentenced to? The article talks specifically about parole and probation offenders.
post #8 of 14
Another good idea would be for the neighbors to get actively involved...if you live next to a guy like that, or across the street, stay out on your porch & keep an eye on the activity going on over there. That way, he will know he is being watched, plus you can interact with the kids in a positive way.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
They probably did the time they were sentenced to? The article talks specifically about parole and probation offenders.
My point is, they belong in jail for life.
post #10 of 14
I think if I had children and knew of child molesters in our area (which I just looked on familywatchdog.us) I would go with my children. If they were older and were *too embarrassed* for me to go with them, I would make it a point that they knew whose house to avoid.

Anyone under 12 should not be out without an adult supervisor.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Anyone under 12 should not be out without an adult supervisor.
I agree, last year I was out with my kids & there were these preteens I guess bullying this group of 6-7 year old kids... it was terrible... so *I* interviened... however... *I* shouldn't have had to... those children's parents should have been there... it made me so SAD for those kids & so ANGRY at the parents of those children & so IRRITATED at those older kids & so FEARFUL for our future... *sigh*
post #12 of 14
I agree that the sign is a good idea. However, some kids would see it as an invitation to annoy the house owner. The kids need to be actively aware at what the sign means....

But really, they should be in jail...
post #13 of 14
But "sex offender" is such a broad category. There is everything from rapists of 5-year olds to 20 year old men with (consensual) 17 year old girlfriends. What about other violent criminals? Murderers spend an average of 7 years actually in jail. Should they get a sign when they get out? Armed robbery? So we all know not to carry large amounts of cash around the premises?

Perhaps parents should make a concerted effort to actually monitor their children, rather than trying to child-proof society as a whole. A big gaudy sign is not going to stop a persistent child-molester... they do leave their houses after all.
post #14 of 14
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But "sex offender" is such a broad category. There is everything from rapists of 5-year olds to 20 year old men with (consensual) 17 year old girlfriends. What about other violent criminals? Murderers spend an average of 7 years actually in jail. Should they get a sign when they get out? Armed robbery? So we all know not to carry large amounts of cash around the premises?

Perhaps parents should make a concerted effort to actually monitor their children, rather than trying to child-proof society as a whole. A big gaudy sign is not going to stop a persistent child-molester... they do leave their houses after all.
Murderers who go around killing random people whenever they get the chance don't only spend 7 years in jail, and that's what they would have to do to be comparable to child predators.

I do agree, that when they do these signs it should be for child offenders only, because there's no point in making all of them have it. I think most states have clauses for however many years between people, and even without that they wouldn't get child-predator status. If the person is over 13/14 typically (and the laws do vary greatly) they get corruption of a minor or some other lesser charge, not a predator rating.

Parents should not assume that their children are safe, in general, around anyone. But most offenders are known to the family, and even trusted, without anyone knowing what an awful, despicable excuse for a human they are.

And yes, they do leave their houses, but they have a permanent restraining order from children and places children congregate. They aren't supposed to be anywhere near children, and if they are one of the few who really want to be rehabilitated, having children in costumes come up to their door asking for candy isn't good for them anyway.

That would be like going up to an alcoholic's house with a six-pack, or a problem gambler's house and asking them to place bets.

Aside from that, being a chomo is a disease, while normal people are capable of murder, assault, robbery given the right conditions. People who commit those crimes really do stand some chance of rejoining society, whereas child predators are more akin to serial killers; they strike randomly to fulfill some twisted need/desire/fantasy, and they do it at every opportunity they get.
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