WE NEED STRONGER TOOLS FOR TRACING SEX OFFENDERS
Researchers estimate that one in five girls and one in 10 boys will be sexually victimized in some way before they reach adulthood. Yet only one in three will tell anybody about it. Most convicted sex offenders are not in prison; they are in our communities. We know that of the nation's 563,000 registered sex offenders, at least 100,000 are unaccounted for. A comprehensive system for sex-offender registration that includes better sharing of information between states and increased penalties for failure to register is needed. A stronger enforcement of these provisions is also needed. State and federal lawmakers are taking a serious approach to this problem with legislation that will improve the way we manage sex offenders in our communities.