According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are 664,731 registered sex offenders in the United States. The statistics are staggering, rather mind boggling actually. Even more unsettling than having 664,731 registered sex offenders living amongst us is the 100,000 registered sex offenders who have decided to he or she no longer needs to register. These offenders have disappeared from the face of the map, literally, at least the map of Registered Sex Offenders provided by the NCMEC.
In reality, no one knows for sure how many sex offenders are living in the United States that remain undetected. Those sex offenders still violating children because he or she remains undetected. The stark reality is that sex offenders are cunning, manipulative, and good at avoiding detection, and if found out managed to avoid conviction through manipulating their victim or the victim’s family.
According to the National Center Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), “one in five girls and one in ten boys are sexually victimized before the age of 18.” Count with me one, two, three, four, five (female victim), six, seven, eight, nine, and ten (two more victims, one boy, and one girl). Three victims sexually violated before they are old enough to graduate high school at 18.
On average, the NCMEC map shows there are 239 registered sex offenders for every 100,000 people. What state do you live in? How many registered sex offenders live in your state? Do you go to the National Sex Offender Registry and type in your address to see how many offenders have registered in your area?
The Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection is responsible for making some big changes across the nation when it comes to sex offenders. The act signed into effect in July of 2006, is the reason a National Sex Offender Registry came around. The Adam Walsh Child Safety and Protection act also made failing to register or keep your registration current a federal felony, and is helping states standardize national guidelines to identify the danger a sex offender presents to the local community.
Finally, The Adam Walsh Child Safety Act in conjunction with the NCMEC has trained a special team of U.S Marshal's to locate and apprehend sex offenders who have disappeared, runaway, relocated, or simply failed to continue registering as sex offender. Since its inception in 2006, the U.S. Marshal's have found almost 900 violators. How awesome is that information!