August 23, 2013
Contact: Gail Colletta
Lake Monroe, FL— August 23, 2013.
Advocating Violence against Sex Offenders
Yesterday, a Texas couple was charged with beating a man. Their reason? As Action 4 News reported, “[b]oth of them told police that they did it because the man was a sex offender.”
Today a man was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a sex offender he ambushed outside his trailer and last month, in Jonesville, South Carolina, another couple shot and killed a man and his wife. They were planning on killing others. “He went through our sex offender registry,” said Jonesville Sheriff David H. Taylor, “and individually picked out targets.”
This Tuesday, the title of a Broward/Palm Beach New Times article was, “They Shoot Sex Offenders, Don’t They?” While the title may have been intended to be satirical, in fact, it’s the truth. They do shoot sex offenders! Not only the offenders themselves, but their spouses and children.
How much more vigilante violence, harrassment, shaming and murder will be imposed on registrants and families, before we recognize that the registry is being used as a tool for punishment?
Florida Action Committee (FAC), founded in 2006, is a state-wide consortium of concerned citizens and professionals whose purpose is to promote the prevention of sexual abuse while preserving the safety and dignity of all citizens through carefully structured laws targeting the truly violent, forced, and/or dangerous predatory acts of sex. FAC believes that many aspects of the current approach to sex offenders seriously undermine justice and actually increase the threat of sexual assault against others, particularly children. FAC opposes a publicized registry of sex offenders and seeks to bring an end to the humiliation of people who have already paid for their crimes. FAC asserts that only by supporting justice for all people—offenders and victims alike can a truly safe society be built and secured for all Americans.