Informing the Public Against Sex Crimes

posted Nov 2, 2016, 1:38 PM by D. Vivar   [ updated Nov 2, 2016, 1:54 PM ]
The best protection against sex crimes is an informed public.  Providing more information to the community to protect itself and increasing awareness and understanding can be a significant step towards reducing sex crimes.

If you receive notification that a known sex offender is living in your community this is a good time to: 
•reinforce family safety planning
•discuss specific concerns about this offender
•be observant, vigilant and aware of your surroundings
•get involved in your Neighborhood Crime Watch program
•work with local Law Enforcement

Safety Rules for Children

1) I always check first with my parents or the person in charge before I go anywhere or get into a car, even with someone I know.

2) I always check first with my parents or a trusted adult before I accept anything from anyone, even from someone I know.

3) I always take a friend with me when I go places or play outside.

4) I know my name, address, telephone number, and my parent's names.

5) I say no if someone tries to touch me or treat me in a way that makes me feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.

6) I know that I can tell my parents or a trusted adult if I feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused.

7) It is OK to say no, and I know that there will always be someone who can help me.

8) I am strong, smart, and have the right to be safe.

  • Reduction of sex crimes can occur with an aware and informed public.
  • The fact that the majority of sexual offenses are not reported and that the majority of known offenses are committed by someone known to the offender are key concerns for the community.
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your children and ensure that they understand the need for open conversation and attention to safe practices to minimize their risk of victimization.