The idea that children should be off-limits sexually is a rather recent construct.
Whatever. Anyone touches my kid, I'll have their legs broken. Vigilante justice is as old as the hills too . Just because the idea of paedophilia is "traditional" doesn't make it acceptable or right. I think it's ok for children to be off-limits sexually.
Next, what are you going to do about it? Are you going to move? Are you going to try and get him to move? Are ou going to harass him into moving? Are you going to get your neighbours to picket the guy? All because he's on a "sex offenders" list which could be for having given a high school kid a Playboy? Those last options of harassment and picketing are illegal even in the US. Try it and get slapped hard for harassment.
None of the above. But it might make me exercise greater caution with my child. Yes, one should always exercise caution and teach their children to be safe. But live next to a serial rapist, for example, and I do think you need to take extra safety measures.
Also- what the hell is anyone giving a 14- year old a Playboy for? What happened to the good old days when a kid had to sneak a peak instead of getting porn handed to him?
Accusations against someone should NEVER be made public until proven or admitted to. EVER. Presumed innocence is one of the very foundations of Western justice (save for France and Louisiana which still adhere to the j'accuse form of inquisitory justice). It IS better to let 100 guilty go free than lock up just one innocent. If you don't believe me, consider what three years of torture at Guantanamo Bay might be like for you.
So the list is simply a list of accusations? I went on the assumption that it was convictions. *In Nebraska
, for example, you are not required to register unless you have been convicted.
Anyone saying or planning to say, "You don't understand because you <don't have kids / aren't a woman>" can suck a fart out of my ass. There are bigger issues. It doesn't have to do with a kid or a slit, it has to do with basic human rights, dignity, and effective, long-term conditioning which goes against human nature rather than knee-jerk reactionary responses
If that was directed at me, that's a shitty comment to make and is a complete load of crap. I didn't once piss and moan about "nobody understanding how hard it is to be a mommy". My point was simply that- now that I do have a kid- and if anything should happen to my child as a direct result of me slacking off on my parental duties to protect her, I'd never forgive myself. So, yeah, if a convicted pederast moves next door, I wouldn't go throwing Molitov cocktails through his windows, but it would make me watch my child more closely than I perhaps normally would.
I'm not arguing that a sex offender list is the way to go. There are, undoubtedly, many people who belong on the list that never get convicted. Or, on the flipside, false accusations that make the list.