Ignorance Won’t Stop Sex Offenders
Everybody who loves sexual predators, raise your hands.
I’ll bet most readers thought that statement was sarcastic and sensationalistic. Nobody will admit to loving someone who would sexually abuse a defenseless child, an elderly woman or any other victims of sexual assault. Yet 85 percent of all men, women, boys and girls who sexually abuse are known by their victims. Parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, aunts, uncle, coaches, grandparents, scout leaders, piano teachers, tutors and neighbors — the people we say we love or entrust with the care of our children — are the people who are most likely to be convicted of sexual assaults.
Is that too frightening to consider? I have eight nieces and nephews, and the idea that someone would harm them in that way infuriates me. What gets me equally ticked off is the ignorance surrounding this issue that allows it to continue unchecked as it has for hundreds of years.
In a press release today, City Councilman Chris Monzel announces he’ll oppose a proposed treatment facility being located in Cincinnati, saying he wants to “stop dumping sexual predators in our city.” His opposition is to a downtown facility proposed by the Volunteers of America.
As politically popular as this kind of rhetoric seems, it does more harm than good because it galvanizes attention away from the biggest issue. The sexual predators among us — across the dinner table and in the office next door —aren’t being “attracted” to Cincinnati by treatment facilities, as Monzel suggests.
Once again a politician doesn’t appear to have done his homework (see Postcards from the Edge.) If he had, he’d know that most people who commit a sexual offense are less likely to repeat their crime if they receive treatment. If more people knew the truth over the hype, we’d be welcoming a treatment facility here in order to reduce the number of predators in our own backyard.
“Furthermore, I have asked the city’s Law Department to develop a plan to force the state to enact a moratorium on paroling sexual offenders in Cincinnati,” Monzel wrote. Ever heard of the Constitution, Chris? If you want to be hard-ass, do it in a way that’s going to bring about a legal and effective change.
If you want to reduce sexual assaults in Cincinnati, raise your hand. Then find out what you need to do to uncover the secrets your child, sister and uncle are keeping, because people don’t tell on those they love, especially when they’re being threatened.
For more information, visit:
Division of Violence Prevention of the Centers for Disease Control , the National Sexual Violence Resource Center , the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network and the U.S. Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women .
— Margo Pierce