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NARSOL Calls Out Patch: STOP the Red Dots! It feeds baseless hysteria on Halloween!

  • 14 Oct 2020 10:51 AM
    Message # 9303347
    J (Administrator)

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    NARSOL Calls Out Patch: STOP the Red Dots!

    Red-dottingsex offender homes at Halloween feeds baseless hysteria!


    Raleigh, North Carolina | September22,2020Every year as Halloween approaches, many Patchmedia outlets, as well as others, publish articles featuring “red-dot” maps showing addresses, and sometimes names, of persons listed on sexual offense registries. Within the last few years, this practice has been adopted by some local police departments on their Facebook pages. According to the editors and publishers of such pieces, this is done in order to help protect children who will be trick or treating at Halloween.


    The National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) also wants children protected and kept safe. We are in full agreement with that goal. However, there is a total lack of evidence that the publication of these addresses at Halloween keeps children safe. Indeed, the volume of evidence showing no connection at all between Halloween and sexual harm done to children is numerous and well documented.


    “A heightened risk of being sexually abused is NOT one of the dangers children face at Halloween. The simple fact is that there are no significant increases in sex crimes on or around Halloween. There is no ‘Halloween effect.’ There is no change in the rate of sexual crimes by non-family members during Halloween. That was true both before and after communities enacted laws to restrict the activities of registrants during Halloween.” (Association forthe Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) 2019)


    . . . the scariest thing about Halloween today is the fear-mongering designed to persuade parents that their kids live in a neighborhood full of dangerous predators. And yet, the facts say otherwise.” (Marty Klein,Psychology Today, 2018)


    Using national incident-based reporting system (NIBRS) crime report data from 1997 through 2005, we examined 67,045 non-familial sex crimes against children age 12 and younger. Halloween rates were compared to expectations based on time, seasonality and weekday periodicity.There were no significant increases in sex crimes on or around Halloween, and Halloween incidents did not demonstrate unusual case characteristics.” (Jill Levenson,ATSA, 2014)


    “Research shows no evidence of increased child sex abuse on Halloween. . . .” (Emily Horowitz,Huffington Post, 2014)


    Management practices that impose restrictions on registrants related to Halloween activities in an attempt to keep children from sexual harm do not make children or society safer.


    Indeed, they can actually create situations that contribute to greater risk.


    They perpetuate the myth of “stranger-danger,” thus diverting the focus away from where harm to children is much more likely to come. According to theHuffington Post, “. . . government data shows the vast majority (about 93%) of sex crimes against children are not committed by strangers but by family members or acquaintances.


    They ignore one of the legitimate increased risks to children at Halloween, that of being injured or killed in car-child accidents. “Children are three times more likely to be fatally injured by a car on the [Halloween] holiday, and the risk grows to 10 times for kids 4 to 8.” (Washington Post,2019)


    They further target and ostracize all who live in the home featured as a “red dot” or whose address is printed as belonging to one labeled a “sex offender.” As many registrants are married with children, this puts those children at risk for ridicule, vandalism, and harm to property and person.


    The Patch publications, as well as others, justify this continued practice by responding that it is what their readers want. Journalism must always represent non-partisan truth telling. It must never cater to political correctness or advocate for any practice merely because it is consistent with public popular opinion but contrary to the facts based upon reliable data. Communities rely on Patch for information they can depend upon without reservation. This petition presentsan opportunity for bringing the truth to Patch’s readers and reinforcing the integrity of journalistic ethics.


    NARSOL and its affiliates, along with all of the other undersigned, call for an end to the publication of the names and/or addresses of persons registered as sexual offenders at Halloween under the guise of “public awareness” or “child protection.


    This campaign to reduce harm and to cease a hurtful publication practice that has no positive effect at all on child protection or public safety is endorsed by all of the following:


    (There are so many that endorsed it that the WAR of Florida forum page cannot handle the amount to post them all. The following is a small listing of some, please click the URL above to view the remaining endorser's)


    National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) --sponsor.


    One Standard of Justice (Connecticut) co-sponsor.


    Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).


    R. Karl Hanson, Ph.D., C.Psych, Carleton University and Ryerson University.


    Elizabeth J. Letourneau, Ph.D.,Director, Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Johns Hopkins University.).


    Dr. Jill Levenson, PhD, LCSW, Professor of Social Work, Barry University..


    Fred S. Berlin, M.D. Ph.D., Director, National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma..


    Alissa R. Ackerman, PhD.


    Emily Horowitz, Ph.D.


    Professor J.J. Prescott, University of Michigan.


    Erin B. Comartin, Ph.D., LMSW, Associate Professor of Social Work, Wayne State University.


    Janice M. Bellucci, civil rights attorney and E.D., Alliance for Constitutional Sex OffenseLaws..


    Vicki Henry, President, Women Against Registry (W.A.R.)..


    John Sloan, site manager, Women Against Registry (W.A.R) of Florida.


    Derek W. Logue of OnceFallen.com, registered citizen/civil rights advocate.


    Florida Action Committee (FAC).


    Mike Wilson, NARSOL advocate, Michigan.


    David Garlock, NARSOL board member.


    Ken Roberts, NARSOL contact, Mississippi.


    Patricia Borden, NARSOL advocate, Arizona.


    Terry Borden, NARSOL advocate, Arizona.


    Jeff Goetz, NARSOL contact, Kentucky.


    Jeff Miller, Victims Against the Registry, NARSOL advocate, Utah.


    Brenda Jones, NARSOL board member and executive director;executive director,FAIR; NARSOL advocate, Maryland.



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    NARSOL is the nation’s largest civil rights organization advocating on behalf of registered citizens and their families. NARSOL opposes dehumanizing registries and works to eliminate discrimination, banishment, and vigilantism against persons accused or convicted of sexual offenses through the use of impact litigation, public education, legislative advocacy, and media outreach in order to reintegrate and reconcile affected individuals and restore their constitutional rights.


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