Headlines about child sexual abuse prevention, research and policy from around the country
World Congress Child Dignity
Last week Dr. Letourneau, along with other researchers in the field of child sexual abuse prevention, attended this event held in Vatican City and convened by the Gregorian University's Center for Child Protection.
- The Crux: Child safety summit reflects Pope’s ‘extraordinary’ power to convene
- National Catholic Reporter: Church more aware of crime, harm of child abuse, Vatican official says
Dallas County’s Sex Offender Program is Letting Teens Down
State watchdog group issues report that details horrific negligence in the Dallas County Juvenile Department.
Halloween sex offender hysteria is starting early this year (see the long list of Patch.com’s sex offender maps)
- Moore Prevention News: The Biggest Danger to Kids on Halloween is Drivers, not Sex Offenders. Dr. Letourneau’s study looked at whether more sex offenses occur on Halloween night. The study found that there is no significant risk for child sexual abuse. The greatest risk to children on Halloween night is getting hurt by drivers who may not be able to see them in the dark.
Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Needs Reform
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the state cannot apply the sex offender registry laws to people retroactively. Michigan will have to revise the registry.
- Michigan Public Radio: Michigan’s sex offender registry needs reform, U.S. Supreme Court decides
- New York Daily News: Supreme Court declines Michigan sex offender registry case
California Sex Offender Registry Laws to Change
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that could purge 90 percent of the names off the state’s lifetime registry for sex offenders.
Colorado Lawmakers May Change Sex Offender Registry
Lawmakers are reconsidering the fairness of the state’s sex offender laws