|THE STOP VIGILANTE VIOLENCE AND WEBSITES ACT OF 2010
Written by Derek "The Fallen One" Logue
February 9, 2009, amended November 2009
NOTE: There will now be an online petition, available through one of the online petition sites. Support our efforts to stop
dangerous vigilantes and vigilante websites like Perverted Justice/ Wikisposure, Absolute Zero United, and Predator
Patrol, which puts the lives of innocent family members and children in danger!
CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION
This Act is a response to the recent increases of vigilantism both online and in the real world. Over 190 murders have
been committed against those accused or convicted of sex crimes, and 40% of registrants and their loved ones have
experienced acts of vigilantism directed against them. It is quite clear this bill is becoming needed. Show your support by
sending me a letter of support for this law. Any further comments or questions can be sent via e-mail, also on my
comments page. See below for more details.
Stop Vigilante Violence and Websites Act of 2010
An act to prevent abuse and violence against those listed on sex offender registries, to promote accountability and
liability of those entities that misuse registry info, and to promote the proper usage of current sex offender registries.
Sec. 101 - TITLE
This bill may be referred to as the Stop Vigilante Violence and Websites Bill of 2009
Sec. 102: KEY FINDINGS
Megan’s Law, established in 1996, established the first public sex offender registries, and has become an established
part of society. However, studies and reports are showing the negative consequences of public registries are very high.
Of particular concern is the high level of vigilante violence against not just those individuals listed on public sex offender
registries, but against family members or other individuals living in the same household.
A number of murders, suicides, and crimes committed against those on sex offender registries or family members of
registrants have used registry information and/ or news media reports of allegations:
As of Sept. 2007, eAdvocate lists 112 murdered individuals known to have been murdered due to sex crime accusations
or convictions . In addition to murder, a significant number of registrants, as well as loved ones of the registrant,
have experienced different forms of vigilantism. “Nearly half of the offenders reported experiencing threats, property
damage, or physical assault as a result of public disclosure .” In addition, almost half of people living with the
registrant reported being threatened or harassed by neighbors, 27% had their property damaged, and 7% said they
were physically assaulted by someone as a result of notification .
Vigilantism is noted as a key barrier to reform. Registrants constantly worry about harassment, which adds to the
obstacles in obtaining “stable residence, productive work activity, and effective treatment, which are essential
prerequisites for managing the behavior of this group of offenders in the community.” It is no surprise that registries
have been known to “exact further vengeance” on registrants who have finished their sentences . Furthermore, the
registries have an effect of compelling the reader to react as less than “responsible citizens .” “Although these laws
were passed as a means to decrease recidivism and promote public safety, the resulting stigmatization of sex offenders
is likely to result in disruption of their relationships, loss of or difficulties finding jobs, difficulties finding housing, and
decreased psychological well-being, all factors that could increase their risk of recidivism .”
THEREFORE, we must take action to ensure the rehabilitation process proven to decrease recidivism and protect
American citizens from criminal acts of violence and harassment for the greater good of the public.
Sec. 103: DECLARATION OF INTENT
In order to combat vigilante violence, harassment, and cyber-crimes directed at registrants and innocent family
members or associates of registrants, to promote the proper usage of registry information, and provide avenues of relief
for victims of all forms of vigilantism.
Sec. 104: PROVISIONS AND PENALTIES (this part subjct to change)
SEC. 105: Resources cited in Sec. 102, Key Findings
|SAMPLE LETTER OF SUPPORT
Once Fallen would like your support in presenting this anti-vigilante bill to the US legislature. There are two ways
you can do this:
#1: You can send a copy of this bill and a letter of support of this bill to your US Congressman or Senator.
#2: Sign the online petition. HOWEVER, direct letters and calls to your state Congressmen and Representatives are
just as important, perhaps more, than the online petition
Dear US Legislators,
I am writing this letter to express concerns about vigilante violence and support "THE STOP VIGILANTE VIOLENCE
AND WEBSITES ACT OF 2010, which can be found at http://www.oncefallen.com/antivigilantebill.html.
In 2008, Washington state resident Tammy Lee Gibson attacked a man on the sex offender registry without
provocation with a baseball bat and was declared a "hero" and was given a mere 90 days in jail, sparking both
public support of this vigilante and a public call for vigilante violence against those on the sex offender registry. This
pales in comparison to the 190 individuals known to have been killed in this country targeted because they were
convicted, accused, or supported someone accused or convicted of sex crimes. In addition, numerous studies
indicate 40% of sex offenders experienced some form of assault, harassment, or property damage, while an equal
number of loved ones have experienced the same problem.
In the interest of public safety, I implore you to support "The Stop Vigilante Violence and Website Acts of 2009."
While "sex offenders" may be a favorite target of laws and public disdain, this hatred for the sex offender has
disastrous consequences for all of society, not just the registrant. Misuse of the sex offender registry is a common
problem, and while most states have laws on the books making abuse of registry information a criminal offense,
these states rarely bother to enforce these laws or prosecute those who attack, harass, or intimidate individuals on
the public registries. Furthermore, the Internet has become a place to attack registrants, as information is easily
accessible and identities of vigilantes can be hidden. This hatred extends to loved ones of registrants, including
even the children of the registrants. In addition to causing actual harm, the threat of vigilantism hinders efforts at
vigilantism and rehabilitation efforts of those required to register, thus offering incentives to disregard registration
THEREFORE, I implore you to support this anti-vigilantism, not just for the protection of those accused or convicted
of sex crimes, but for the greater public. This all important bill will deter the abuse and misuse of sex offender
registry info and restore order and integrity to the justice system as a whole, as the mission to protect and serve
should apply to all free citizens, not just the popular groups. Furthermore, you will provide avenues of relief to those
victimized by dangerous individuals who feel empowered to break the law simply because the target is accused or
convicted of a sex crime. Thank you for your time.
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