About Us - National and Local Programs and Services

Mission Statement:

Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse and rape, the provision of services to victims of violent crime, and elderly, disabled and minor victims of all crime. Violence directed against victims is an abuse of power, often directed at our most vulnerable, and must be met with unwavering resolve to hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the support and services they need. Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center is committed to informing victims of their rights, involving them in the decision making process, securing crime victim compensation to which they are entitled and treating every victim with respect and dignity. The organization provides victim services training to law enforcement and works collaboratively with them to ensure an accurate and up-to-date sex offender registry.

Parents for Megan’s Law staffs the Local and National Megan's Law Help lines. The organization is a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Center.

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The agency values and is committed to providing compassionate, empathic and culturally aware services to all clients/members. Interactions are approached with these values in mind, and it is expected that clients/members will be treated with compassion, respect and sensitivity during the provision of holistic, inclusive and welcoming services.
 

National Programs and Services

 
 
NATIONAL MEGAN’S LAW HELPLINE to assist and provide advocacy to communities in accessing information about registered sex offenders, to assist in effectively and responsibly managing Megan's Law notifications and to educate about sexual assault prevention. Provides crime victim referrals for victim services and law enforcement referrals. Sex Offender Registration Tips (SORT) is a program available to community members who want to report potential sex offender registration violations. Call the Helpline toll free (888) ASK-PFML.
 
NATIONAL MEGAN’S LAW SURVEYS Evaluating the registration and notification components of Megan's Law in all 50 states. In 2001 Parents for Megan’s Law conducted the first of many national surveys to evaluate the implementation of sex offender registration and notification laws in all 50 States, DC and the US Territories.   Surveys revealed that where you lived, would determine how well you could protect yourself or your children from known convicted sex offenders. PFML surveys indicated that all 50 states had enacted registration and notification laws but the laws completely lacked uniformity. Further, a 2003 registration survey conducted by Parents for Megan’s Law found that nearly 25% of the nations’ registered sex offenders were not complying with state registration requirements. This meant, that over 100,000 sex offenders were “missing” from registries across the country. When citing this statistic, refer to parentsformeganslaw.org.
 
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND CHILD SEX TOURISM REPORTING for the community to anonymously report child pornography and child sex tourism websites which get forwarded to local or federal law enforcement for investigation. 
 
LITERATURE to educate the children and adults regarding prevention and to inform adults about sex offender registration and notification laws.
 
POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT SERVICES to close loopholes which make communities vulnerable to registered offenders and to increase victim’s rights.  Laura Ahearn, Executive Director of Parents for Megan’s Law, presented PFML national survey results and community level implementation loopholes to the United States Justice Department which were used to help craft the newest registration and notification amendments to Megan’s Law, more commonly known as the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.   For her national registration and notification implementation surveys, community level support contributions and lobbying efforts, Ms. Ahearn was invited to the White House on July 27, 2006 when the Child Protection Act was signed into law by President Bush.  

Local Programs and Services

 

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24 HOUR HOTLINE to support and assist victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes.

 

VICTIM ADVOCACY for victims of child sexual abuse and non-offending family members, adult victims of sexual assault (including courtroom and medical appointment accompaniment) and referral services for all victims of violent crime including;  homicide, kidnapping, DWI, robbery, assault, domestic violence, confrontational burglary, stalking, human trafficking, arson and terrorism. 

 

CRIME VICTIM CENTER SERVICES for all innocent victims of violent crime including; homicide, kidnapping, DWI, robbery, assault, domestic violence, confrontational burglary, stalking, human trafficking, arson and terrorism. Our advocates assist with recovering expenses related to the crime including personal property losses for minors, elderly and disabled victims. National Association of Counties Award Winning Program.       

 

COUNSELING for child and adult victims of sexual assault and victims of other violent crimes. Referrals based on specialty and geographical location. 

 

MEGAN’S LAW HELPLINE AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM to assist and provide advocacy to communities in accessing information about registered sex offenders, to assist in effectively and responsibly managing Megan's Law notifications and to educate about sexual abuse prevention. Sex Offender Registration Tips (SORT) is a program available to community members who want to report sex offender registration violation. Call the Helpline toll free (888) ASK-PFML

 

EMAIL ALERT WITH MAPPING to inform parents and community members via email alert of the presence of registered offenders.  

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT YOUR SITE:

Child and Teen Sexual Abuse and Rape Prevention -  PFML staff comes to your school or organization to present the following child  and teen programs:
 
Children Pre K-3rd Grade:                                        You're In Charge – Sexual Abuse/Abduction Prevention
Children 4th – 7th Grade:                                  When Should You Tell – Sexual Abuse/Abduction Prevention
Tweens 7th - 9th Grade:                                     Katie’s Secret 1 – Sexual Abuse/Abduction Prevention
Teens 7th - 12th Grade, College Students:      Safe Dates - Preventing Dating Abuse
Teens 9th – 12th Grade, Adults:                        Staying Safe - Sexual Assault Prevention, Megan's Law
Teens 9th – 12th Grade, Parents:                      Teen Sexting Prevention & Cyber Safety, Megan's Law


Adult Sexual Abuse Prevention Education Programs - PFML staff comes to your school, organization or business to present the following programs:

Apple 1 – Megan’s Law and Sexual Abuse and Rape Prevention for parents and community members. Participants learn detailed strategies to keep children safe and how to identify inappropriate relationships and potential predators.

Apple 2 - Megan’s Law and Sexual Abuse and Rape Prevention for professionals working with children and teens. Participants also learn about mandated reporting and professional boundaries.

Staying Safe 2 - Megan’s Law and Sexual Abuse and Rape Prevention for Adults.

Staying Safe: Enough is Enough - Sexual Assault Prevention, Risk Factor Mitigation, Student Bill of Rights as well as other important information related to NYS Law.

Teen Sexting Prevention - This workshop provides information about the laws pertaining to "sexting" and discusses the potentially devastating, long-term consequences. Parents will have a better understanding of the digital trail and will be educated on how to report any online incident.

Hate Crime Prevention

We come to your community organization.  Provides participants detailed information about what a hate crime is and what to do if you or someone you know may be a victim of a hate crime.  Participants learn about prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping and the seriousness of hate crime and how it effects victims and communties. A detailed overview of the rights of crime victims and services they are entitled to under the law. 

 

POLICY and LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT to close loopholes which make communities vulnerable to registered offenders and to increase victim’s rights.

LITERATURE to educate children and adults regarding sexual abuse and rape prevention and to inform adults about sex offender registration and notification laws.