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Scotsman.Com News - UK - The UK Needs Its Own Megan's Law

Society & Culture  (tags: crime, children, sex abuse, UK, government )

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Recent figures released show that over the past five years in the UK, an incredible 7,941 reported sex offense cases have never been brought to court, including 1,678 involving crimes against children, with the alleged victim being under 13 in 350 cases.

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Charles C (160)
Sunday July 22, 2007, 9:55 pm
I can't believe that the government in the UK does not want to have any kind of sex offender registry like Megan's Law!!
Efforts to introduce similar legislation in the UK have been resisted. Opponents argue that it would introduce a false sense of security, would lead to vigilantism, driving paedophiles underground, and that it places too much emphasis on "stranger danger" when only one in ten victims under 16 do not know their abuser.

Obviously, with statistics like that, they need stronger laws to protect these victims!!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday July 22, 2007, 10:26 pm

Thanks, Charles. It's hard for me to believe too!

Roxanne Phillips (210)
Monday July 23, 2007, 12:12 am
I agree, Charles! It is surprising that people would not value as much information as possible, of course in regards to the internet, parents need to be vigilent regardlesss, but still, the more information available the better I would think. I am rather astonished that MySpace turned over 7,000 registered sex offenders names last week.... hadn't heard that.... these guys must truly not have their brains in their heads to use their real names online.... wow....!!!

Liz sands (76)
Monday July 23, 2007, 2:38 am

Charles C (160)
Monday July 23, 2007, 6:59 am
Hi Rox...I guess they were thinking with the little head, as usual!!

Pamela Salomon (255)
Monday July 23, 2007, 7:11 am
OMG! I agree with you Charles.

Monica Rega (96)
Monday July 23, 2007, 10:51 am
Truely a horrible tragedy. for all in the UK.. Yes a Megan's Law is needed. but also know that Megan's Law the original is only for that ONE state but all other states have a variation of Megan's Law

Charles C (160)
Monday July 23, 2007, 11:12 am
TY Catnip..I believe Megan's Law is in NJ and I am aware of the state to state variations in the laws, but we do have a National registry for sex offenders also, and that would sure be a good thing if they could implement a similar law in the UK. These predators need to be caught and punished!!
Jail for abusers in any country!!!

Kari D (192)
Tuesday July 24, 2007, 1:01 pm
No they just deport them to other lands where they do it again, & again... It's gotto Stop!!!!

Mara G (411)
Tuesday July 24, 2007, 2:05 pm
Thanks Charles, this is becoming a serious problem everywhere there is people paying attention. For places where its not, its worse. Countries worldwide need to be looking at a registry and it needs to go "international". Its too easy to jump a country these days with flight, or loose borders. An international registry needs to be put on the table.

Jennie B (14)
Thursday July 26, 2007, 4:13 pm
Why couldn't a database be developed and perhaps linked into the Amber Alert or some other existing system so that alerts regarding the situation could be sent out easily and quickly. Noted

Stanley Pendze (279)
Thursday July 26, 2007, 8:33 pm
So hard to believe that they do not have a law to fight this.

Marianna Padolsky (33)
Saturday July 28, 2007, 5:29 am
children need protection ! !
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