white_rabbit wrote:I generally don't have a problem with identifying potentially dangerous offenders, but I have two problems with this: 1. There are quite a few individuals who are on the sex offender registry because they were 18 and had sex with their 16 or 17 year old girlfriend and her parents pushed for prosecution under statutory rape charges.
This is a valid point. A better punishment for folks in this category would be to slap 'em with a bumper sticker reading, "I'M FUCKING YOUR HONOR STUDENT."
I have yet to understand what this legislation accomplishes other than fomenting yet more fear about sex offenders run amok. What, are you going to tell your kids not to climb into strangers' cars if they have green plates? Oh, those other strangers? They're okay.
Before anyone calls me on it, I'm being facetious. But I do think this is retarded legislation. Is the goal to assuage all fears of all parents everywhere? "Just slap a tag on 'em and then I know I can keep my kids safe without having to talk to them about anything that might make me uncomfortable."
Let's bear in mind that the vast majority of sex offenders are known to the victim and/or victim's parents, and are often not listed in CCAP.
How about we educate our kids to navigate the real fuckin' world and not try to pretend we can just stick a big Mr. Yuck sticker over every last potential hazard?