According to an analysis by NBC 5 Investigates, 135 Chicago-area coaches have been sanctioned, suspended, disciplined or convicted of sexual abuse or misconduct since 2010, and the search is still ongoing! Experts cited in the article said coaching presents a “special opportunity” for grooming.

The state’s legislature enacted the Illinois Sex Offender Registration Act. It’s purpose was “to create an additional method of protection for children from the increasing incidence of sexual assault and sexual abuse.” People v. Fuller, 324 Ill. App. 3d 728, 756 N.E.2d 255 (Ill. App. Ct. 2001). But if the registry was a “method of protection”, how is it possible that despite this “method of protection”, potentially thousands of students were sexually assaulted by these coaches? How effective is this protection?!?!?

According to the Justice Policy Institute, the cost of implementing federal sex offender registration standards (SORNA) cost the state of Illinois more than twenty million dollars in 2009. That’s just the cost to taxpayers of implementation, not the cost to maintain. So this “method of protection” better work amazingly if it’s such an expensive tool, right? Wrong!

Almost all new sexual crimes are committed by someone who was not on the registry, accordingly, the “method of protection” completely fails 95% of victims. Any “method of protection” that works less than 5% of the time is hardly effective, let alone worth tens of millions of dollars. Would you use birth control that was only five percent effective? Would police use bullet-proof-vests that would fail ninety-five percent of the time? I think you’d find more effective forms of contraception or different vests, knowing they exist.

The Illinois State Police could be spending its money on measures that are effective instead of wasting it on the registry! Instead of properly supervising athletic events (safety and monitoring), implementing policies to ensure coaches don’t have unsupervised access to students (applying preventative workplace policies), educating students to detect the signs of grooming and inappropriate relationships (teaching boundaries), training teachers to recognize inappropriate relationships between their colleagues and students (bystander education), or encouraging victims to speak out so that others are not harmed (empowerment-based training), they are wasting millions on a registry that continues to fail our children!

Taxpayers and Parents in Illinois should be suing the Illinois State Police. Abolish the useless registry in favor of effective methods of protection. Perhaps someone should share that tip with NBC 5 Investigates? (NOTE: if you want to share that tip, you can do so by commenting here: https://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/submit-tip/)

 

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