This thread was brought about by something mentioned in another part of the forum. I did not want to take that thread off topic so I have started another thread to discuss the issue.
Sarah's law. If it is brought about how effective would it be?
Personally I think Sarah's law would cause more problems than it would solve. It was a media knee jerk reaction to a really horrible murder. Children being kidnaped and sexually abused has been around for a very long time. Just that it has not been reported like it has in recent years.
How many of you know the origin of the phrase "Sweet Fanny Adams". This phrase originates from a girl who was kidnapped and horribly murdered and most probably sexually abused aswell. This happened well over a hundered years ago. The killer responisble was caught and then sent to the gallows.
The problems that Sarah's law would bring would be that it would only name convicted child sex offenders. There are many more people out there who have this sexual deviancy and have not been caught. This means there are more peadophiles out there than the authoritys know about. If you have a sexual deviancy like this you are not going to share it with just anybody.
Most have probably been abused themselves as a child. Quite a few would probably be loners and not get much in the way of social contact, however and I must stress a big however my experience has been that there are a lot of people out there with this deviancy who are respectable members of the community and have families of their own.
Sarah's law is a knee jerk reaction from the media. It will encourage vigilantism. It would also cause these people to be alienated from the community. Some of you may think that is a good idea, however it is the worst posible scenario. It will make it difficult for the police and security services to keep tabs on these people and it would encourage them to possibly take their sexual fantisies to new extremes.
So Sarah's law good idea or bad? Discuss.