NARSOL helps dispel harmful Halloween myths

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB)- With every Halloween comes a parent’s concern for their child’s safety. Parents worry about the health and safety of their children year-round, but the Halloween holiday certainly throws a little more concern than usual into the mix.

Over the years, you read horror stories online about what was found in a child’s candy or about a child who drifted away from the group, getting into some other sort of trouble, and as of the early 2000s, the fear of sexual predators and offenders on Halloween came to life.

However, is there any legitimacy to the claim of an increase in danger when it comes to sex offenders on Halloween? Sandy Rozek, the Communications Director for the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL) says it’s a common misconception.

“Researchers got involved, they did research and indeed found that there’s absolutely nothing unique about Halloween in connection with the abuse of children, activities of people on the registry toward children. There’s nothing there,” said Rozek.

Rozek regularly blogs about sexual offense issues and recently wrote a piece regarding signs placed on the lawns of sexual offenders and predators during Halloween. She and her colleagues see this as a violation of an offender’s constitutional rights and condemn the actions of the sheriff’s office responsible for placing the signs.

NARSOL has published a number of articles pertaining to the Halloween holiday to clear up the common misconceptions and outline the rules that [registered] offenders and predators [in some states and jurisdictions] must follow on the holiday. “They must be in their homes, they have to have their lights off and they’ll be checked on. The County deputies go out and check that they don’t have Halloween decorations up or they don’t have lights on or that they’re not doing anything to make their home attractive,” she said.

While these offenders have a set of rules to follow, it’s up to the Bay County Sheriff’s office to enforce them in our area. Officers like Sergeant Michael Morris routinely patrol and check up on sexual offenders and predators with Halloween being no exception.

“Could be in the middle of the night, could be first thing in the morning, so we don’t ever have a certain pattern that we follow so that way, if they’re up to no good or something like that, that way they don’t know when we’re going to show up and check on them,” said Bay Co. Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Michael Morris.

Rozek says that the Halloween holiday can still be dangerous for your child, but sexual offenders have nothing to do with it. “There’s never, as far as we can tell, been a child harmed in any way during trick or treating by a person on the registry, but every single year, several children are killed trick or treating. Research has discovered that there is an increased risk on Halloween for your children and it is the risk of being hit by a car. There are four times as many child deaths during trick or treat hours by auto-pedestrian accidents than any other night of the year,” she said.

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      Remarkable Sandy and yes this is a good article in many ways about comparison to many of these plights that the sex registry carries. Yes this myth about much of these ordeals on Halloween is actually no different than than daily circumstances or situations we all face in life. I have to agree on that article in this ordeal that many face.
      While there is safety in numbers when trick or treating there is also responsiblity of self and understand or can one judge a book by its cover but the principle is there and at times its man made in many or much of this adultrated offensive ordeal. While compairsons are good taking advantage of a situation or position is not in this sex offender ordeal many face.

      One can either induce crime or prevent crime. One could take the ” snobgrasses family down the street as an example. You can’t go to his house to ask for candy as they are sex offenders. How tacky is that for any government even the signage is a bit ove3rboard or is this some wind and the Lion saga that government needs to appreciate. And yes we all need to defend justice or should the constitution ne rewrottem to correct the disadvantaged in much of this plight. .

      Trick or treating in groups are good even with parents standing out aside as you knock on the door. Dispelling evil comes the responsiblity catagory as one mentioned on here. One can look at evil in two ways if thats the case. Instilling or distilling. Now I don’t know much about constitutional law but I do know that understanding justice is good for everyone but if done bi curiously responsiblity is lost.

      Sure I hate to see anyone on the sex registry, myself included. Understanding or doing evil are not too good or are we still back to the day of soaping someone’s window in this sex registry plight.

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