Laws of Juvenile Sexual Offenders Essay

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Juvenile Sexual Offenders: Should the Laws Be Adjusted?
In today’s society of internet sex crimes being broadcast on the evening news and 60 Minutes doing specials at least once a month. Are we paying enough attention to other sexual crimes and problems, such as the laws pertaining to juvenile sex offenders and their victims? Could more be done to help and protect the perpetrators, victims and their families?
It is my opinion that the laws pertaining to juvenile sex offenders need to be adjusted. School officials should be made aware of the presence of convicted sex offenders within their own schools so that they can be more alert and active in counseling and monitoring of such students and their behaviors. I believe that there are not
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The juveniles are more likely to have experienced such behavior as victims in the past, and do not realize such behavior is wrong.
According to some research that psychologists have done, they suggest that a juvenile sex offender commits sexual acts due to unsound judgments. They feel as if the offender does not look at all the information involved, unless it involves a scheme to commit a criminal act. If he decides something is true, then it must be. Most decisions he makes are damaging because they are based on ignorance, myths, and rumors.
In a commentary written by Gregory K. Fritz, M.D. FBI data from 1995, for example, indicate that individuals under the age of 18 years old comprised almost 16 percent of those arrested for forcible rape and 17 percent of those arrested for all other sex offenses. Studies of adults convicted of sex offenses suggest that approximately half began their sexually abusive behavior as juveniles. According to an article by Michele McNeil, at least 32 states have laws requiring juvenile sex offenders to register with local law enforcement. The laws however, greatly vary from state to state about who is informed, and whether the names are listed on public sex offender registries.
Over half of the states within the U.S. already have laws that govern juvenile sex offenders in school. Washington, for example, bans a juvenile sex offender from attending the same school as their victim and that the principals must be notified when a…