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Letter: Concern About Sex Offender Proposal

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Note: The following letter was submitted in response to an opinion piece by State Senator Katherine Clark that ran on this website on Dec. 12 regarding ways to better protect children from sex offenders:

Dear Senator Clark,

 I was deeply disturbed by the statement "(SORB) should be allowed to consider a substantiated report of abuse – even if it does not result in a conviction" from your Opinion piece in the Wakefiled Patch.  I am a mother of two children and though this man's actions deeply disturbed me and made me feel blessed for the care my children received in their younger years, I feel this in NO WAY warrants us going against our core democratic beliefs of innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Even for those that have a prior conviction, sometimes they can fall prey to people with negative motives to accuse them of something they may not have had anything to do with (aka people jumping to conclusions, prejudiced against them for the mere fact of their past, etc).  Having worked with Battered Womens shelters most of my adult life I can tell you there are many social and economic problems this country has because we do not have a solid process for convicted felons to serve their time and then be reintegrated properly into our society.  Their inability to find employment, to rejoin society (at some point) as a normal person without any attached stereotypes leads to frustrations, intense feelings of depression and anger that are often acted out in violence against their partners, children and other family members. 

Are there extra steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of our chilren? absolutely.  But we must do so with a level head and not pitch forks and torches.  I would encourage you to step back from the initial human nature emotional response to such a heinous crime and think clearly and lead on this issue.  

Kind regards, Sheila Simon-Aleman

BarT December 18, 2012 at 03:02 PM
"fall prey to people with negative motives" Have you ever read the Facebook comments following sex offender stories? Makes me ashamed to be an American citizen. There is so much hate out there, from "good" people.
Maddy Farfan December 18, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Any state in the union that adopts this horrible, half-witted, vindictive scheme called the 'Adam Walsh Act' will reap the whirlwind of confusion, anger, dissatisfaction and will eventually suffer from many, many civil lawsuits from the disaffected class these "laws" focus on with a mindless, fear-saturated vengeance. I put the blame for this profoundly anti-Constitutional horror story squarely in the lap of former U.S. president George W. Bush, who FORCED the original passage of the 'Adam Walsh Act'. Mr. Bush, we the people.. and history will hold you personally responsible for the heinous domestic terrorism perpetuated under this false name of the "law". We have no kind words left for your so-called 'legacy' of Nazi-esque rights-squashing hiding under the insidious guise of "safety". Consequently; this also was Adolf Hitler's exact ploy to control the German people during his rise to power. Denounce and throw off the shackles of the destructive, anti-American A.W.A. That way will only lead to utter destruction and poverty. And the worst part of all? No one will be "safer" as a result...The Adam Walsh act is yet another power grab by state law makers and their lapdogs: "law enforcement", watered daily by the blood spilled by the lying media.
D.M. Jacques December 18, 2012 at 08:42 PM
"My rule of thumb is a strong presumption that any law named after a victim is poor public policy enacted by legislators who confuse voting against a law with voting against an innocent person." --Ted Frank. End the hysteria. Say no to this piece of demagogy.
John Devlin December 18, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Maddy Farfan, your comment, "I put the blame for this profoundly anti-Constitutional horror story squarely in the lap of former U.S. president George W. Bush, who FORCED the original passage of the Adam Walsh Act," is opinion not fact. Republican House Votes for the bill were 194 NO to only 30 YES. And in the Senate the first person to sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill was Joe Biden.
Maddy Farfan December 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
What "opinion?" You are the one who is incorrect. I never mentioned ANYTHING about "Republicans" or did I ever mention Congress.. YOU brought both of those up. I specifically mentioned "George W. Bush".. J.D., your grasp on focusing needs some adjustment I think. Bush pushed it through.. Yes, I think he was coerced, but he did push it through..
John Q Public December 27, 2012 at 02:46 AM
The woman who was murdered a few years ago, abducted from the Sagamore Rotary, and killed like an animal, is enough evidence for me. She died, and others continue to. Put sex offenders to death and solve the problem of sex offenders, This piece of human garbage should be p[ut to death as soon as possible. His wife should merely be decapitated. The punishment should fir the crime.

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