Thursday, July 28, 2005

No More Mr. Nice Guy

The time is long past to stop being nice to sex offenders. They aren't ever cured. Treatment may lessen their next offense, but most likely will not stop it. It seems as if every week there is a new story about how a child died at the hands of one of these predators.

Back in April, my family and I attended a national conference called by the Department of Justice. "Identifying the Missing" brought together people from all over the country who play a part in this puzzle we call the missing person. We were honored to represent the families of the missing. We came together to identify what is needed to resolve the epidemic of missing persons.

At the conference, we met John Walsh. He was the Keynote Speaker. I was nearly moved to tears as he spoke of his son, Adam, and the horror of it all. John almost had to stop speaking because he was so emotional. Later on in his speech, anger took the drivers seat when he explained the need to strengthen our national laws in regards to sex offenders.

This week, he rallied to support The Child Safety Act of 2005. This law, when passed, will close the loopholes in the current system which allows sexual predators to evade law enforcement while continuing to commit their henious acts. It will improve upon and replace the current sex offender registration and community notification law. You can help ensure that this country's children are safe from these monsters by writing to your congressman and senators.

The America's Most Wanted site provides a prepared letter for you to send, and links to help you find where to send it. Research shows 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized by the time they reach adulthood. Do this today for your own children or grandchildren.

Even as I write this, yet another predator has a precious child in his clutches, 8 year-old Lydia Rupp, and has taken her into Mexico. Fernando Aguero is a convicted sex offender who never registered in Nevada. We need The Child Safety Act of 2005 in place.

You can read more about Lydia Rupp on the Project Jason forum. We pray that she has been spared from this man's sickness and will be found soon.

We can't afford to play Mr. Nice Guy anymore. There are lives at stake.


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