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Hell Is For Children part III Megan

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*Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to the participating law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of 18); 34% of all victims were under age 12.
*One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to the participating law enforcement agencies were under age 6.
*The estimated number of violent crime offenses in 2006 was more than 1.4 million (1,417,745) offenses, an increase of 1.9 percent over the 2005 estimate.
*The  chances  that  your  child  will  become  a  victim  of  a  sex  offender  is  1  in  3  for  girls  &  1  in  6  for  boys.
*63,000  persons  are  required  to  register  in  California  as  sex  offenders. 
22,000  other  offenders  are  not  registered,  but  are  known  to  law  enforcement. 
On  Friday  July  29,  1994,  7-year  old  Megan  Nicole  Kanka  disappeared.  With  the  promise  of  a  puppy,  her  neighbor,  Jesse  Timmendequas,  lured  her  into  his  home  where  he  raped,  strangled  &  suffocated  her.  Her  body  was  stuffed  into  a  plastic  toy  chest  &  dumped  in  a  nearby  park.  Megan  had  been  killed  by  a  two-time  registered  sex  offender  who  lived  across  the  street  from  the  Kanka  home  &  was  sharing  his  house  with  two  other  convicted  sex  offenders,  he  met  in  prison. 
Megan Should Still Be Alive
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Execute Child Rapists

I would really love to see this happen all over the country….

Child rapists could face execution
A measure allowing the death penalty passes committee. It faces a likely fight in the full Senate.
By Jessica Fender
The Denver Post

Colorado could put child rapists to death under a bill that won a Senate committee's approval Monday and would put the state on par with just five others that allow the execution of such sex offenders.

Prosecutors could try for the death penalty in cases in which rape victims are 12 or younger, where DNA evidence is present and where the perpetrator has been previously convicted of a sex offense against a child.

The harsher sentences might run afoul of the Constitution — the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the issue this year — and could discourage victims from reporting abuse by relatives, according to critics, who include victims' rights advocates.

But some of the most terrible offenders simply deserve death, said sponsor Sen. Steve Ward, R-Littleton. He referred to a Louisiana man who raped his 8-year-old stepdaughter and became the first such offender in the nation to receive a death sentence.


"The crimes we're looking at are particularly heinous," Ward said.
Colorado public defenders, who oppose the bill, originally estimated that it would make about 260 people a year eligible for the death penalty. It was unclear what an amendment, which limits the bill to repeat offenders, would do to that estimate.

In Louisiana, the one state that has sentenced child rapists to death, prosecutors have made capital cases of only two out of 180 eligible cases.
Constitutional challenges immediately followed the first of those two sentences, and the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule by June whether death is cruel and unusual punishment for felons who have not taken a life.

Senate Judiciary Committee members voted 5-2 to send Senate Bill 195 to the chamber's appropriations committee, which will weigh its as-yet-unknown price tag.

Current punishment

Critics of the bill say that current sentences, which in many cases amount to life in prison, are harsh enough.

Colorado sends child rapists and other serious sex offenders to prison for between four years and life, with the duration largely left to a judge's discretion.

Of the 1,200 people now incarcerated for the most serious sex crimes, only eight have received parole in the past decade, said Doug Wilson, Colorado's chief public defender.

Colorado joins Alabama, Missouri and Mississippi in seeking death for child rapists this year.
Montana, Oklahoma and South Carolina have passed similar laws since 2006, and Louisiana and Texas both approved such legislation in the mid-1990s, said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Death Penalty Information Center.

Get-tough attitude

As high-profile cases such as the rape and murder of 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford of Florida — namesake of the popular Jessica's Law — draw attention to crimes against children, many politicians have grown eager to get tough on offenders, Dieter said.

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I am against the death penalty in all cases. Howev... by camanokat on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 7:13:44 PM
Before we start spending $40,000 a year on prisons... by John Hanks on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 7:52:49 PM
I too oppose the death penalty. I've wrote let... by chris rice on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 8:00:20 PM
I can't quite believe Opednews would publish t... by Maxamov on Friday, May 30, 2008 at 11:06:17 PM
The death penalty should be abolished.  Our c... by Mad Jayhawk on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 1:07:08 AM
I wholly agree. One doesn't have to look very ... by chris rice on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 12:25:54 PM
Jesus does not make an exception for Child rape, m... by pratliff94 on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 2:33:28 PM
But my problem is not with religion but with socie... by chris rice on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at 7:54:33 PM

 

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