The recent tragedy involving the disappearance of 10 year old Holly Jones and subsequent finding of her dismembered remains days later in Lake Ontario horrified all Toronto residents. In the weeks following, child abduction attempts have markedly increased, leaving parents undeniably anxious (including myself).
Yesterday, a man who lived in Holly's area was arrested and charged with the crimes, and some parents feel relieved. I for one, do not feel any relief.
In Holly's neighbourhood alone, there are approximately 700 sex offenders (240 of them child molestors). The residents of the area had no idea of this, until recently, because the public does not have access to this information.
It is true that offenders have rights, but it should also be true that communities should be notified of such people residing there. There is a need for some modification of the law, to give sex offenders tougher punishments as well as attending to other issues.
Maybe if Holly's parents had known these people were living in the area, they wouldn't have let her walk to her friend's house alone. Maybe they still would have. No one can say.
Parents know we aren't living in a safe world any more, but seem to forget that sometimes.
As a mother, I don't feel safe in my community. I don't know what type of people are living here, and while I don't think their names and addresses should be given out, maybe knowing would hit home to parents and help them make more informed decisions.
Please go to www.Hollyslaw.ca
to sign the petition to help change the laws (Anyone from anywhere can sign).
Jun 21, '03
I do not have direct knowledge of this but I understand that prisoners who are paedophiles are termed "rockspiders" and are targeted by other prisoners who make sure that the word "punishment" applies.
The main difficulty is the innocents who have been caught up in all of this. There are cases out there where one partner has been accused of child molestation as part of a very messy divorce. There have been cases, one famous case in England where a doctor was testing children for the "anal wink" and any child that test postive - she had the parents investigated for child sexual interferrence. There have also been many reported cases where men have been jailed because the adult children have undergone hypnosis for memory retrieval but the practitioner has instead instilled false memories.
I am not defending child molestors in any way shape or form. In fact I believe that the correct punishement is to find some well barnacled boat in a shark filled ocean and keelhaul the !@$#!@!
I am just saying that it is not always straight forward and easy to identify the real culprits.
Last edit by gwenith on Jun 21, '03