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Let Megan's Law die

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Posted: Monday, September 29, 2003 10:00 pm

Last Tuesday's editorial reprinted from the Ventura County Star on the News-Sentinel's Opinion page is a glaring example of the spin and hype that is skewing public opinion in favor of a police state mentality toward sex offenses.

Although the editorial was rife with flawed statistics and loaded words intended to play upon the reactionary sentiment of the public, it did, nevertheless, convey a clear picture of the fact that Megan's Law is unrealistic and unmanageable.

To wit, of the 70,631 registrants, data was missing on 28,440.

The supporters of Megan's Law supposedly champion the cause of child safety while flaunting distortions of reality and trampling the Constitution of the United States. Not only does the law's retroactive provisions bring double jeopardy upon those who had served their time prior to 1996, but it also requires a lifetime penalty which by all measures is cruel and unusual punishment in comparison to any other crime.

If the crusaders of Megan's Law are sincerely interested in the safety of children, then they would equally require the lifetime registration of all drunken drivers who are by far a much greater threat to the life and safety of our children.

Or the lifetime registration of industrialists who are poisoning our children's food, air and water with impunity.

Or better yet, let's register the politicians who feed our public misinformation so they may send our children into the slaughterhouse of an imaginary war in the name of democracy.

Oh, by the way, did I forget to mention that I am an adult survivor of child sexual abuse?

It is clear to me that the media has clearly portrayed a demented and uninformed viewpoint of what this behavior is all about. In the name of humanity, let us strive to understand the cause of this behavior and have compassion by removing the scarlet letter from the vast majority of the victims of Megan's Law who do not deserve to have their futures stolen and their lives destroyed by politicians who want to look good but accomplish little.

Recall Megan's Law.

Mark Parsec




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