My heart is breaking.....
As I have mentioned before, I am the parent of a grade school aged child. I also live in a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is with a heavy heart that I heard (yesterday) that Shasta Groene (the missing 8 year old Idaho girl) was found yesterday in the company of a known sex offender who had been released from a Minnesota jail. This is following the sad story of Dru Sjodin who was murdered by another sex offender who had been released from a Minnesota jail. As more and more comes out about Shasta's 6 weeks of horror, the angrier I - as a mother - get at the system.
Convicted child predators, like Shasta Groene's attacker, are supposed to register with the state. According to the US Department of Justice records, 67% of ALL sexual assult victims are under the age of 18. According to the same US DOJ records, there are approximately 550,000 convicted sex offenders in the country and 100,000 of them are "lost" - location unknown to law enforcement officials. Did you see that dear reader - 1/5 of the convicted sex offenders in the US can not be found by law enforcement!!!! One of them now stands accused of murdering 3 members of Shasta Groene's family, of kidnapping and sexually assulting Shasta and her 9 year old brother Dylan (before murdering him that is). The beast (for there is nothing human in my mind about him) was paroled from a Minnesota prison, where he was serving a sentence f0r raping a 6 year old boy.
What, in heavens name, are we - as a nation thinking, by placing the rights of people such as Joseph Duncan, John Couhey (who raped and murdered Jessica Lunsford in Florida), Roger Bently (who raped and murdered Jetseta Gage in Iowa) and Alfonso Rodriguez (Dru Sjodin's killer) above the rights of their victims? What happened to the rights of these beautiful little girls? Who is advocating for them? Starting now, this mom is! I am tired of having to explain to my child why he can not go do things that I used to do when I was his age. I am tired of having to train him self defense methods. I am sick and tired of being afraid for my child's life and safety.
We need to start - TODAY - to battle for the rights of our children. Our children deserve to be protected from the likes of those above who have no respect for anything but their own sick, twisted desires! We need to join up with groups like this who are fighting to do the right thing - to keep sexual predators of children locked up in jail for good! We need to get with our state and federal representatives and make jail terms for sex offenders longer and if they are paroled for any reason, they should be forced to wear an ankle monitor (if it's good enough for Martha Stewart...) and be on 24 hour GPS monitoring! We can no longer afford to "trust them" to check in with their Parole officer every 2 weeks or so! We need to hold these offenders AND the law enforcement system accountable for the deaths of these innocents! We need to do a better job protecting our children from the monsters of the night!