The U.S. Congress passed three laws that require States to monitor sexual offenders; the Wetterling Registration Act, the Lynchner Tracking and Identification Act and Megan’s Law.
On March 5, 2003, The Supreme Court ruled that information about registered sexual offenders may be posted on the Internet.
Information on registered sexual offenders is available and you have the right to access it, The problem is that locating that information can be very difficult.
In most instances, you have to know the name of the individual you are looking for, and in many States you must go to your police station and complete a request form. Additionally, some states have a fee and limit individuals to viewing only two registered sexual offender names at a time.
The Registered Sexual Offenders List offered by National Alert Registry. Now in the privacy of your home, you can view information about all registered sex offenders in your area, including how close they reside to your own home and your children, all displayed on a convenient map of your neighborhood.
Our free service provides the number of registered offenders in your neighborhood. If you wish, you can then purchase the National Alert Registry service, which includes a detailed map of your neighborhood and the locations and backgrounds or the registered sexual offenders.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Pedophilia (American English), pædophilia/paedophilia (Commonwealth English), or pedosexuality is the condition of being sexually attracted primarily or exclusively to prepubescent children. The ICD-10 (F65.4) alternately defines it as "a sexual preference for children, boys or girls or both, usually of prepubertal or early pubertal age." The word comes from the Greek paidophilia (παιδοφιλια)—pais (παις, "boy, child") and philia (φιλια, "friendship").
The term pedophile is sometimes used informally — and incorrectly — to describe child pornographers or people who have commited sexual crimes against children. It is one form of paraphilia, a mental health term used to indicate a sexual condition that may hinder one's ability to receive reciprocal love.
In the United States and some other countries, the term is also sometimes erroneously used to describe people attracted to adolescents, and usually reflects the age at which a minor becomes an adult legally—especially in regards to sexual activies. In cultures or countries where love relationships or dates between adults and adolescents are socially or legally accepted (at least with parental consent) or are viewed with tolerance, such as France or Brazil, the word pedophilia is almost never used in this sense, neither formally or informally.
In most countries of the world, adolescents above a certain age can be legally emancipated through marriage, economic self-sufficiency, pregnancy or by other means. The marriageable age is generally below the age of majority and in some cases below the legal age of consent. Having sexual relations with emancipated minors is not considered pedophilia.
A pedophile will usually exhibit a series of personality characteristics that are common in this type of offender. It is important to understand that these characteristics alone do not conclusively determine that a person is a pedophile. But if these indicators, combined with a pattern of behavior that arouses suspicion, are present then there may be enough probable cause to believe that the person is a pedophile.
Pedophiles are also very adept at locating troubled or withdrawn children. This is a skill they have acquired through years of trial and error. They have come to identify what usually works and what usually doesn't. The most common technique used by pedophiles to obtain sex from children is the seduction method. This process is very similar to the classic boy/girl courtship. Though the child might be under 10-years-old, the pedophile will lavish gifts upon the target, take him or her to amusement parks, museums, restaurants and other places of interest. This author recalls a case in which a pedophile attempted to seduce a child who had an interest in music. The suspect escorted the boy to expensive Broadway plays like Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon. Afterwards, they ate in fashionable Manhattan cafes and went sightseeing. The child was just 8- years-old. In another recent case, reported by the New York Times (February 2, 2000), a Bronx man lured neighborhood children to his apartment with Pokemon cards and Chinese food. He then abused a number of children after giving them marijuana and screening pornographic videos. The abused children later got together and attempted to set fire to the suspect's apartment.
If the target is a troubled child, the pedophile will comfort and sympathize with him or her. Often, over a period of time, the child will develop feelings for the offender even though he is being actively abused. The dynamics at work in this type of situation are well known to psychologists. This process of sympathizing with the offender has been called Stockholm Syndrome. It was first recognized in 1973 after a notorious bank robbery in Sweden in which the hostages taken by the suspects began to develop feelings of attachment toward their captors. Children who are sexually victimized can feel the same way. This is often the case when the offender happens to be a member of the clergy or another traditional figure of trust. In early 2002, an elementary school bus driver pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court, New York, to abusing 9-year-old children on his bus during the trip home each day. The abuse may have gone on for as long as 15 years with a succession of students. In cases such as this, the events will not be reported because of the emotional attachment between offender and victim. Remember that pedophiles are masters in the manipulation of children. However, as the victim matures into adulthood, these benevolent feelings toward the abuser often dissipate and the painful truth of the abuse sets in.
In February and March 2002, there were dozens of such cases involving adult men who were sexually molested as children by Catholic priests. These sexual assaults, some of which occurred decades before, are sad testimony to the compulsions of some pedophiles who will molest children for their entire lives until the day they are caught. These revelations, and the startling accusations of systematic cover-up by church officials, have shaken the Catholic Church to its core. New York's Cardinal Edward Egan received a firestorm of criticism from the public when it was revealed he treated sexual molestation charges against priests with questionable tactics toward the victims in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
If You Suspect
Do not talk yourself out of your own suspicions. Sometimes people will convince themselves that they are not seeing what they are seeing. Feelings of self-doubt are often supported by the strong denials from the suspect. These denials will be accompanied by expressions of shock, outrage and even indignation that he could even be suspected of such conduct. He will frequently make partial admissions or comments such as: "I was only bathing her!" or I was just hugging her," I love her you know." The suspect will sometimes enlist the support of friends and colleagues who will attest to his sincerity and reputation. This pattern is typical especially among preferential child molesters. If you think an adult, friend or relative, is paying an excessive amount of attention on your young child or any child, be cautious. Talk over your suspicions with your spouse or someone you trust. Above all, make inquiries to your child. You will notice some behavioral changes in a child who is being actively abused. These changes may include:
Aside from psychological changes, look for physical signs of abuse such as anal or genital redness, bleeding or any type of suspicious injury to or near a child's genitals. But keep in mind that the overwhelming majority of child sex abuse cases do not include a visible physical injury. There can be many reasons that an injury will not occur in a sex abuse case. There may be no force involved, the abuse may not include the child's genitals or penetration may never have been accomplished. The abuse may be oral or consist of only touching. This is why molesters, when caught, will frequently encourage police to have the victim medically examined. They know there is no visible injury to substantiate the charge. They believe that a medical examination will support their claims of innocence. Never underestimate the cleverness of these people. But the astute investigator knows that the absence of an injury does not settle the matter, nor does it prove conclusively that abuse did not take place.
Remember that children who are being sexually abused are experiencing conflicting and painful emotions that they cannot sort out or understand. But this does not mean the situation can't be verbalized. Children are more resilient than we give them credit for and the children that recover the best from sexual abuse are the ones whose parents took a proactive response to the situation. We can only do that by arming ourselves with the tools of knowledge and vigilance. It is up to us, the caretakers of children, guardians of their safety and their dreams, to assume control, cast off the terrible bonds of sexual abuse and bring their nightmare to an end.
There are many ways to seek and obtain help:
Remember, you are not alone. There are many dedicated people and organizations that fight child sexual assault and the threat of Internet pornography every day. Visit these sites with your children. They include:
www.childlures.com is a program that informs children, parents and educators of safety issues regarding children and adults and also offers an Internet safety pact that your child can read and sign.
www.cyberangels.org which promotes child safety, abuse prevention with a guardian angel theme.
www.enough.org which is a Web site that protects children from pornography and online predators.
www.pedowatch.org is one of the oldest Web sites in existence that works in conjunction with law enforcement to combat pornography and child seducing on the Internet.
www.prevent-abuse-now.com which is the home for Inside Pandora's Box, a wealth of information regarding children and internet access.
www.troopers.state.ny.us which is the home for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the State of New York
www.officer.com which provides hundreds of links to a wide array of police agencies in every state in America. No matter where you live, you will find a police agency close to home.
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