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First Challenge to Jessica’s Law

by D. E. Carson (writer), , November 09, 2006

It hasn’t been a full 48 hours since the votes were tallied and already there is a challenge to California’s new sexual predator law, known as Jessica’s Law.

An unnamed registered sex offender has filed a complaint about the new sexual predator law in California and already a judge has issued an injunction to stop the law from going into effect. The offender contends that the law is unfair because, according to the law, he has to wear a GPS bracelet for the rest of his life. His argument is that he has already paid his debt to society and therefore he should be exempt from the law because it is unfair the law is retroactive.

While most would believe his having paid his debt to society, the problem is once a sexual predator, always a sexual predator. The hysteria surrounding registered sex offenders moving into neighborhoods suggests that the crimes of a sexual predator are not crimes that can be easily forgiven. Parents must ask themselves, “Do I want these kinds of people living near my child?” There is nothing wrong with wanting to protect children and frankly, sex offenders do not deserve a second chance. In murder, the primary victim does not suffer with the crime perpetrated against them. In rape, the primary victim is mentally abused for the rest of his or her life. In many cases, the perpetrator threatens the victim with some form of retaliation should he or she report the crime. The perpetrator often says, “this is our little secret” and the child is left to feel helpless to do anything about it. Worse, the perpetrator is often a trusted adult (family member or close friend of the family) whose authority must not be questioned. Rarely are victims complete strangers to their assailant. The assailant often times has some knowledge of the intended victim. This is not to say that there are not sexual crimes committed on the first person that walks by. An example of this would be the 10-year-old girl up in Palmdale who was raped at knifepoint in a movie theatre. The alleged rapist (because he has not yet been convicted even though he confessed to the crime) had gone to a movie at the local mall and then cruised the mall. He found his victim, took her to an empty theatre behind the screen and raped her. Then he calmly walked to McDonald’s where he got lunch then rode his bicycle home, to a house across the street from the mall. Never mind that the father of the suspect is, himself, a registered sex offender! Talk about keeping it in the family.

Sexual misbehavior is an addition, just like drugs, cigarettes or alcohol. The brain releases serotonin during orgasm, which is why people feel so good after sex. That euphoric feeling is as addictive as the high from cocaine. Sexual addiction is graduated – meaning that as it becomes more difficult to achieve orgasm from the current stimulus, more graphic stimulus is needed. It is like looking at the Victoria’s Secret catalog, then moving to Playboy, then Penthouse, then Hustler and then to Internet porn. Each level is more graphic than the previous. Psychologists have determined that the use of pornography has an influence on addictive personalities and that sex crimes are often the next level after the most graphic of printed medium.

So, should we keep track of sexual predators? Absolutely!


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D. E. Carson is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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