With a nationwide estimate of over 500,000 registered sex offenders, the value of national, state, and privately managed sex registries cannot be overstated. Sex offender databases make it possible for the government to notify the public about the whereabouts of every sex offender who has not been incarcerated.
According to the HomeFacts.com sex offender registry, the state of Delaware has ratio of 31.01 offenders for every 10,000 residents, which translates to 3,101 sex offenders per one million residents on file. Based on these figures, CriminalPages.com claims that Delaware is among the top ten states with the greatest number of registered sex offenders.
Incidents of child molestation in Delaware
Statistics suggest that there are about 55,000-70,000 sex crimes committed against minors every year. Of these attacks, nearly 50 result in homicides. As such, it is extremely important for you to be aware of sex offenders, and specifically child molesters, who live in your community.
Delaware law requires that every convicted sex offender living in the state of Delaware be registered with the state, and disclose full details of their place of residence within three days of their arrival in the state.
Fortunately, anyone can now access in depth reports that provide this information. You can search sex offenders by zip code to gain access to data that will assist you in keeping your loved ones out of harm’s way.
Delawaresexoffenders.net is one of the more reliable registries where you can perform your search. This database has compiled data from multiple states and federal sources to make it easier for individuals to be aware of potential dangers in their communities, and make the necessary arrangement to ensure the well-being of their households.
Contents of a detailed sexual offender report
While there are differences in the approach taken by different states to reveal sex offender information to the public, it is still a relatively easy process for anyone to search for registered sex offenders in Delaware.
There are many websites where you can conduct your search, including the Delaware Sex Offender Central Agency. Some of the details that can be revealed from a Delaware pedophile search include:
- Aliases or other names used by the sexual offender
- Arrest dates of previous crimes and specific details about them
- Specific details of the crimes committed by the individual
- Recent photos of the sexual offender
- Recent home and work address
It is also possible to get email alerts when sex offenders move into your neighborhood, if you are using a mobile app with a subscription service. Some apps even provide users with a sexual predators map on the go, to ensure that you are always aware of the people in your environment.
So, what is the easiest way for pedophiles to target children?
According to AncestorHunt.com, a popular sex offender site, many tweens and teens spend a lot of their time online, usually on a kind of messenger chatting with their friends, which makes it easy for pedophile to attack them there.
Sexual predators can easily conceal their true identity online, such that your child may be communicating freely with the sex offender under the assumption that the person they are chatting with is a peer. The predators aim at establishing strong friendships online, so that the kids begin to trust them, before attempting to arrange a meeting with them in person.
Studies on the trends of kids online suggest that:
- 57 percent of children have flirted on the internet
- 38 percent have been involved in sexual conversation online
- 50 percent have exchanged phone numbers with people they have met online, and even conversed over the phone
- 1 in every 4 kids has been sexually solicited by an adult on the internet
- Kids think that they are always talking to peers of their own age, when they could, in fact, been talking to anyone, even pedophiles.
- Some children may also be hunting their peers online.
Children molesting children
It is rather unusual for children to be molesting their peers, but the current Delaware sex offender list has about 639 children, 55 of whom were registered at the age of 12 or younger. This is despite the fact that Delaware has the harshest laws in the US targeted at youthful sex offenders:
the state has exceeded the Adam Walsh Act registry requirements for juveniles. Studies show that most juvenile sex offenders are not repeat offenders, yet the judiciary in Delaware continues to handle cases collectively instead of on a case-by-case basis.
The fact that the judiciary does not consider the likelihood of a youth to commit additional sex offenses before adding the name of that child to the sexual offender registry has been noted to have devastating effects on the child’s emotional and social well-being. This has also placed a stigmatizing label on the child, resulting in long-lasting adverse effects.
When searching for child molesters in Delaware, you would not expect to find a 9 year old in the search results, but this is actually the age of the youngest sex offender in the Delaware sexual predator list.
Many juvenile justice practitioners argue that the Family Court should be given the discretion to establish whether a child should be mandated to register as a sex offender, with consideration of the Adam Walsh Act. Additionally, the Delaware Supreme Court has already ruled that the names of children be automatically removed from the registry as soon as the court expunges their record.
While the move by the judiciary is objective, it would be interesting to find out what parents think about forgiving juvenile sex offenders, under the assumption that they are not likely to commit a sexual offense in future.
Would you, as a parent, feel more at peace knowing that your sex offender map contains as many registered sex offenders as possible (including juvenile offenders), or would you rather have the courts decide the offenders who pose a risk to your family’s well-being?
How parents can address the issue of child molestation
Searching a sex offender registry, like Family Watchdog, makes parents aware of possible risks around their children. However, the registry itself does not contain the names of all sex offenders, since some have never been caught. As such, it is better to take precautionary measures by talking to your kids about people who can hurt them.
Kids are very trusting, and it is your responsibility as a parent to educate them about unscrupulous individuals who may be trying to take advantage of their goodness. Additionally, you can monitor your child’s activities online, use parental control to restrict them from using various applications, like instant messengers, and teach your children to avoid talking to changes, and to report to an adult when someone makes them uncomfortable.