Why are we trusting repeat sex offenders to be of good behaviour and to comply with their conditions of release?
No matter how strict those conditions may be, surely there comes a time when we realise as a community that some people are just not worthy of our trust and the risk is just too great to bear, no matter what precautions we take.
Recently a 54 yr old man who has been declared a dangerous sex offender under West Australian legislation, appeared in the W.A Supreme Court via video link from Casuarina prison.
He was approved for release.
Now release for him will look somewhat different to release for most sex offenders as he has over 50 restrictions placed on him, including he must live at a specific address, he must take particular medications and he must have no “unauthorised” contact with children.
No “unauthorised” contact with children……now that must be a mis-print.. he should never again be allowed to go near ANY child.
This man, who we are not allowed to know the name of, “to supposedly protect his victims from being identified”, was serving a sentence of 5 years and 3 months for sexually abusing his Granddaughter in 2009/2010…… she was 6 years old.
I won’t even get into what a joke that sentence is… but obviously grossly inadequate and here is why…
Whilst he was being interviewed by police he also admitted to raping his half-sister in the 1980’s.
Before that admission his sexual offences were known to go back to 1997 and included convictions for molesting his daughter when she was 11 years old and his step-daughter when she was 12 year old.
Now, I’m just putting it out there, but I don’t care how many conditions are imposed on this man, I don’t believe he deserves the opportunity to destroy another life.
Four lives…… that we know of……, over at least a 20 year period… leopards don’t change their spots and repeat sex offenders don’t stop offending unless they are physically restrained from doing so. i.e prison.
So why do we take chances with children’s lives?
Sadly, this is one of the better outcomes in our “Justice” System. He was declared a “Dangerous Sex Offender” under W.A legislation which allows for offenders to be kept in custody beyond their release date and to have these special conditions applied to their release back into the community.
Most sex offenders don’t have such strict conditions placed upon them and as we know child rapists don’t stop just because we make it difficult for them.
Surely it must be time that our courts realise when a child sex abuser shows us what they are and what they are capable of doing, we should believe them and not give them the opportunity to continue adding to their list of victims’ lives ruined.
As Maya Angelou would say,
When someone shows you who they are, believe them… the very first time.
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