Flaws Of The Laws Against Sex Offenders

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Flaws in our Laws According to the Center for Sex Offender Management “It is estimated that one in every five girls and one in every seven boys are sexually abused by the time they reach adulthood”. The United States has many laws aimed to reduce sexual offenders but the annual percentages for sexual offenses have stayed the same ever since the laws were established. This research is not intended to lessen the gravity of sexual offenses but to understand that our laws against sex offenders are not preventing the sexual offenses. The main problem with the laws against sex offenders, are the sex offender registries, the registries fail to act as a deterrent for sexual offenses and they encourage vigilante justice. Also, people convicted of a minor sexual offense face harsh punishments and sex offenders face many restrictions. In order to understand why the United States sex offender laws are the way they are, we need to know the story behind on why they were created. In 1993, the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act was established when Jacob Erwin Wetterling, an 11 year old boy, who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by a sexual predator, that lived near him. According to the article Rethinking Sex Offender Registries by Lehrer, Eli, “the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act required all states to establish their own registries”. After the Wetterling Act was established an

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