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Sex offender laws are based on preventing the horrific crimes that inspired them-but the abduction, rape, and murder of a child by a stranger who is a previously convicted sex offender is a rare event.The laws offer scant protection for children from the serious risk of sexual abuse that they face from family members or acquaintances.Registration laws should be narrowed in scope and duration.Publicly accessible online registries should be eliminated, and community notification should be accomplished solely by law enforcement officials.On the other hand, proponents of these laws are not able to point to convincing evidence of public safety gains from them.
Ashoka Mukpo, Grace Choi, and Andrea Holley provided invaluable production assistance. Over the past decade, several horrific crimes like Jessica's murder have captured massive media attention and fueled widespread fears that children are at high risk of assault by repeat sex offenders.
So-called "Megan's Laws" establish public access to registry information, primarily by mandating the creation of online registries that provide a former offender's criminal history, current photograph, current address, and other information such as place of employment.
In many states everyone who is required to register is included on the online registry.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank all of the survivors of sexual violence, former offenders and their families, social workers, advocates, law enforcement officials, and attorneys who shared their experiences and perspective with us for this report.
We are especially grateful to those who trusted us with very painful and personal stories.
Promoting public safety by holding offenders accountable and by instituting effective crime prevention measures is a core governmental obligation.