Valley lags behind in sex offender monitoring
Thu, 10 Dec 2009 01:10:47 GMT —
A new report out by the Associated Press shows only one state has followed congress' orders to make stricter guidelines for monitoring sex offenders.
It's been three years and thus far only Ohio has complied.
So where does Texas stand?
Action 4 News took the concerns to the Family Crisis Center in Harlingen to see what they thought the lack of attention the rest of the states have shown.
Oralia Joude, Sexual Assault Advocate at the center is disappointed.
You hear of an incident of a child being sexually abused and you find out he was already a perpetrator. Joude said. Something has to be done because they will commit another crime."
In October the center saw 35 new victims of sexual assault in Cameron and Willacy counties alone.
Advocates here say it's alarming that convicted sex offenders receive lack of attention from law enforcement once they're released.
Veronica Casas, also a Sexual Assault Advocate states this action can really scar a victim.
These people live in fear, they live in fear everyday especially if they reported it and he gets out. He TMs free to roam wherever he wants to go, Casas said.
Both Advocates call for better monitoring of these offenders saying they usually strike again.
But some argue monitoring a sex offender after he's completed his sentence is a violation of rights to which Casas responds.
Yes its violating their rights but it TMs something they did and they have to live with the consequences," Casas said.
Casas urges authorities instead to look at the victim, who carries the painful memory like a cross for the rest of their life.
They TMre the ones that are always looking over their shoulder," she said. "They TMre the ones that are afraid at night. They TMre afraid in their own home. It TMs not fair!
Although it can be expensive, funding tracking systems, the advocates call on the community and authorities to help on this massive effort.