Integrity Matters
March 22, 2006

National Web site locates child sex predators

Question: (E-232)

Dear Jim:

You have discussed the risks to children created by sexual predators, including cyber-pedophiles, who use the internet. But what can be done when sex offenders live in our neighborhoods, and we are not aware?


Regarding protecting children from cyber-predators, when using a computer in your home; reserve space for internet usage that is in the flow of family activity. Ask questions when the screen presents images or content that make you uncomfortable. Bringing internet predators to justice requires bold and supportive parenting, beginning with being attentive to how young people are using computers or being approached through cyberspace. My Integrity Matters column on December 21, 2005: Internet requires vigilance by parents mentioned that law enforcement officials estimate that 50,000 predators are online at any given moment and one in five young people have been sexually solicited. Parents, families, teachers, neighbors and others responsible for guiding children must remain involved by staying close when young people are online.

Thanks to responsive legislation, an online registry of convicted sex offenders has been created, in the United States. There is a need to know who these sex offenders are and where they live. Are they next door, near your child's school or close to where your loved ones play? The frightening fact is that many sex offenders are still on the prowl. The good news is that you can locate them by accessing a free, website: Family Watch Dog. Telephone: (949) 209-8768.

Family Watch Dog reports that 90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew. The typical sexual predator will assault 30 to 60 times before being caught. The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%.

Family Watch Dog's aim is to constructively impact these percentages by ensuring that all sexual predators are known. This service exists for one reason: the founders were frustrated by reading news reports about missing young children who had been killed by registered sex offenders. They decided to do something about it.

Family Watch Dog provides current information, about the location, throughout the United States, of registered sex offenders. To protect your family, your neighborhood and yourself, browse their free website: Enter your address, or the address of those for whom you have concerns, and study color maps pinpointing locations of each registered sex offender living within the identified area. You will also see a photograph and street address of each registered sex offender, along with a listing of their previous crimes. Pass along the link, improving safety and possibly saving lives. Protecting children from sex offenders is exercising appropriate social responsibility, exhibiting integrity-centered adult leadership. The time is now.

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