This past weekend a Florida man attempted to burn down a motel where several sex offenders were living. This latest attempt is just one of a growing list of assaults against registrants and their families. It’s a concern of landlords and employers as well.

On our case consideration forms we ask whether the individual was ever a victim of harassment or vigilantism and the answer is almost universally “yes”. When we’ve followed up to see what was done about it, generally the consensus is the police do nothing, sometimes even encourage the violence.

If you’re going to send people out with a target on their backs, they need a way to protect themselves. Let’s come up with that way.

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