List compiled by Derek "The Fallen One" Logue
First Compiled August 27, 2009, Updated Sept. 12, 2015

Below are a number of memorable quotes from a number of resources from across the web. Some quotes may not be available
elsewhere on the Internet. In the coming weeks, I will be adding the original source material wherever possible.


"Adults project the eroticized desire outwards, creating a monster to hate, hunt down and destroy...What happened to me is a perfect
example of the hysteria my book is about."
-- Judith Levine, author of the book Harmful To Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from

"These are a group of people who are the sickest of the sick. They are truly perverts and it's not curable. Instead of civil detention,
we ought to make sure...these pedophiles...are locked up forever."
-- Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who planned on running for
President in 2012

We cast the net widely to make sure we got all the sex offenders. Now, 15 years on, it turns out that really only a small percentage of
people convicted of sex offenses pose a true danger to the public
." -- Ray Allen, former Texas legislator and former chairman of the Texas
House Corrections Committee– who once helped push tougher sex offender registration bills into law – admitting that he and his colleagues
went too far.

We feel like we have to rely on some list that can't differentiate between a drunken mooner and a pedophile to make a
determination on a person's character. You can't judge my character based on a list.
" -- Derek Logue on CBS 42, Birmingham

Sex offenders come from all walks of life. Some grew up in the ghetto, some grew up in Beverly Hills. They're like everybody else." --
Janice Bellucci, attorney and founder of California RSOL

That man did not look like a scary, creepy man. He looked like a regular man. A regular man who could work at Publix or a regular
man who works in an office. That's another piece that I really want people to see and understand. They don't look like lizards," she
said. "He looked me in the eye the whole time, shook my hand — was very kind — he said 'I'm very sorry for what happened to you
and I thank you for sharing with me.' He clearly had the empathy; clearly kind and soft-spoken. He seemed genuinely gentle
." --
Lauren Book, Victim Industry Advocate

Not all sex offenders who target children are pedophiles, and not all pedophiles are sex offenders.” -- Researcher Michael Seto [Laura
Kane. "Is pedophilia a sexual orientation?" Toronto Star, Dec. 23, 2013]

We're trying to correct the loopholes and at the same time protect the innocent people in our community, the children and seniors,
from these horrible bad guys who have an awful type of disease that can't be cured.
"  -- FL Sen. Eleanor Sobel (D-Hollywood) [Dana
Williams and Sally Kestin. "Lawmakers file sex predator legislation." Sun Sentinel, Dec. 17, 2013.
sex-predators-legislation-filed-20131217,0,4192051.story, Retrieved Dec. 24, 2013]

These are real monsters and we’re going to put the monsters away for a long, long time. I don’t want to read about anymore of these
kids dying because of sexual predators attacking and maiming and killing these kids in the most dreadful way.
" -- FL Senator Eleanor
Sobel [Tonya Alanez and Dana Williams, "State senators pass sex offender legislation." Sun-Sentinel, March 4, 2014]

To me, if you have a plague, and that’s what sexually violent predators are, they are a human plague, if you have a plague, you want
to know where it is and contain it
." -- Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville [Tonya Alanez and Dana Williams, "State senators pass sex
offender legislation." Sun-Sentinel, March 4, 2014]

“These are human beings who made a mistake. If we want them to succeed, we’re going to need to build a place for integrating them
into our culture. Right now, you couldn’t walk into a church or community meeting and say, ‘I was a sex offender, but I’ve gone
through treatment. I now have this lovely family, and I am so grateful to be a part of this community.’ There is no place for success
stories. Nobody believes them.”
-- Patty Wetterling [Chanakya Sethi, "Reforming the Registry.", August 15, 2014. http://www.slate.
com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/sex_offender_registries_the_best_ideas_for_reforming_the_law.html, Retrieved August
15, 2014]

“We need to stop frightening people with the word ‘predator’ because it causes us to look right past the men or women with smiles
on their faces.”
Jim Clemente, retired FBI special agent ​[Elizabeth Kulze, "Have Teacher-Student Sex Crimes Become A National Crisis?"
Vocativ, Jan. 30, 2015., Retrieved May 11,


"Sometimes what happens is lawmakers don't want to know the facts, or the facts don't make any difference. There really are two
things that affect public policy. One is the facts. The other is the feelings and political pressure. There are legislators who will say,
'Don't confuse me with the facts. I've made up my mind
.'"-- North Dakota state Senator Tim Mathern

"The attorney general at the time was, 'I'm going to be tough on crime, the governor is soft on crime and soft on sex offenders.' The
governor was declaring he was not going to allow any sex offenders out on his watch. The message patients in the program got was,
'It doesn't matter how hard you work or whether you might recover, you're not getting out.' So if you want to undermine a program,
that's the best way to do it. Get the chief executive officer of your state to tell them that no matter how hard they work, they'll never
get out. At that point I said, 'I can't do this work anymore.'"
-- Michael Farnsworth, who stepped down as head of Minnesota’s sex offender
program amid a political tug-of-war during the 2003 elections

"I think this is an open invitation for any pedophile or sex offender to molest any kid they want in Massachusetts because, you know
what, its open season. And the courts, time and time again, send that message."
-- said Laurie Myers, president of Massachusetts
Community Voices, responding to the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court's 2009 ruling the GPS law could not be applied retroactively

“There is so much money to be made scaring the hell out of Americans about sexuality that no one on the gravy train can afford to
slow it down. Any outsider who questions this juggernaut is immediately labeled insensitive, anti-family, immoral, or a pedophile.”
Dr. Marty Klein, from "America's War On Sex," p. 47

Everybody wants to out-tough the next legislator. 'I'm tough on crime,' 'No, I'm even more tough.' It's all about ego and boastfulness."
Patty Wetterling [Dan Gunderson, "Sex offender laws have unintended consequences." NPR News, June 18, 2007]

“My first term, I was pretty much a hard-liner. I said, ‘Put (sex offenders) in outer space. Put them all on an island.’ But I changed my
mind after a (police) sergeant came in and said, ‘If they go underground, we can’t find them.’ ”
-- New Hampshire State Rep. Larry
Gagne in response to a concern by a fellow Republican [Annmarie Timmons, "House committee passes bill prohibiting restrictions on where
sex offenders can live." Concord Monitor, Jan. 29, 2014.
prohibiting-restrictions-on-where-sex-offenders-can-live, Retrieved Feb. 1, 2014]

One thing is correct; we’re throwing the kitchen sink at violent sexual predators. That’s an accurate characterization of the bill” --
FL State Rep. Matt Gaetz, Florida House Judiciary Committee Hearing, March 3, 2104


"I know some folks think it is great that you can go online today and see where these monsters live, block by block – but I look
forward to the day when you can go online and see that they all live in one place – in Angola – far away from our kids."
-- Louisiana
Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal, during a television address

We want those people running away from Georgia. Given the toughest laws here, we think a lot of people could move to another
state. If it becomes too onerous and too inconvenient, they just may want to live somewhere else. And I don't care where, as long as
it's not Georgia.
" -- Georgia state Representative Jerry Keen

"My intent personally is to make it so onerous on those that are convicted of these offenses . . . they will want to move to another
-- Georgia House Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R)

"Is there anything left we can do to sex offenders with a few days left in the session?" -- Louisiana State Rep. Danny Martiny, R-
Metairie, during the closing days of a 2006 legislative session

"They want to make as many [offenders] homeless as possible and then they want to make it so difficult to be homeless that they
violate and go back to jail."
-- Bill O'Leary, a licensed social worker with a doctorate in clinical psychology who works with sex offenders as
well as sex crime victims, on Long Island, New York's residency restriction laws

Even one predator slipping through the cracks, reoffending, and destroying the life of a child and his or her family is too many... I’m
pleased we can come together as a united Senate to make Florida the most unfriendly place in America for sexually violent
.” --FL Sen. Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto (R-Ft. Myers) ["SENATORS FILE AGGRESSIVE LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE TO
PROTECT FLORIDA’S CHILDREN FROM SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATORS (Press Release)." FL Senate, Dec. 17, 2013, http://www.flsenate.
gov/Media/PressReleases/show/1671, Retrieved Dec. 24, 2013]

Protecting the most vulnerable among us is one of the most basic functions of government...Together these bills will make Florida
scorched earth for those who seek to harm our children
.” -- FL Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) ["SENATORS FILE
FL Senate, Dec. 17, 2013., Retrieved Dec. 24, 2013]

I wouldn’t characterize my feelings towards those folks as hatred, I don’t think it rises to that level, but I can guarantee you I darn
sure have a bias against them, and I admit it, because they’re raping our children, and the mentally disabled, and the elderly. How
can we not have a bias against them? That’s ridiculous
.”  – FL State Rep. Ross Spano, at Florida House Judiciary Committee Hearing,
March 3, 2104

SORA imposes myriad restrictions and reporting requirements that affect many aspects of registrants’ lives. Ambiguity in the Act,
combined with the numerosity and length of the Act’s provisions, make it difficult for a well-intentioned registrant to understand all
of his or her obligations. Moreover, law enforcement officers’ disparate answers to survey and deposition questions about what
SORA’s reporting requirements and prohibitions highlight SORA’s imperfect ability to provide fair notice to all persons who it covers.
The frequency with which SORA is amended, as well as today’s highly mobile population, make a knowledge requirement even more
important to ensure due process of law.
-- -- U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland [Doe v Snyder et al., Case No. 12-11194 (E. MI 2015)]


"She will have to register as a sex offender and that's a big ticket item obviously because that's a life sentence. That's the community
notification; that's quarterly registration; that's restrictions about employment and where she can live so that's a huge part of this
." -- Chris Conolly, Lauderdale County AL District Attorney.

...When you are convicted as a sex trafficker you will also be subject to sex offender registration, the FULL HARASSMENT
PACKAGE, that is the ankle bracelet monitoring, the having to register as a sex offender at the sheriff's department, whenever you
move, you have to update it, your neighbors are notified
." -- North Carolina state Senator Thom Goolsby, in a Youtube address supporting
a sex trafficking crime bill

We've all seen escape artists risk death before, but tonight, I'm going to risk something even worse. Becoming a registered sex
offender for life
." -- TV Reality star/ Comedian Nathan Fielder "Nathan For You," on performing a stunt that, if failed, would cause him to
expose himself and thus charged with indecent exposure

While protection of the public is the avowed goal of R.C. Chapter 2950, we cannot deny that severe obligations are imposed upon
those classified as sex offenders. All sexual predators and most habitual sex offenders are expected, for the remainder of their lives,
to register their residences and their employment with local sheriffs. Moreover, this information will be accessible to all. The stigma
attached to sex offenders is significant, and the potential exists for ostracism and harassment, as the Cook court recognized…
Therefore, I do not believe that we can continue to label these proceedings as civil in nature. These restraints on liberty are the
consequences of specific criminal convictions and should be recognized as part of the punishment that is imposed as a result of the
offender's actions
.’” -- Majority opinion from State v. Williams, 129 Ohio St.3d 344, 2011-Ohio-3374. p.7


“By their voluntary acts, sex offenders have surrendered certain protections that arguably are afforded to other citizens. Their
conviction of felony offenses puts them into a class that has already been deemed to have no expectation of finality in the
consequences of the judgments against them ... The fact that Sewell belongs to a class that has voluntarily surrendered certain
protections and rights makes the conclusion that Senate Bill 10‟s tier-classification and registration requirements are constitutional
even more certain.”
Sylvia Hendon, First District Appellate Court of Ohio presiding judge in Sewell v. Ohio. She is the mother-in-law of Joe
Deters, Hamilton County, Ohio Prosecutor, who was the defendant in the case.

You are a sex offender and there are rules, and whether you like them or not, you’ve got to follow them. You’re a second-class
citizen and will be for the rest of your life
.” -- Judge T. Jordan Gallagher, 16th Judicial District court judge, Illinois


"Something like 2% of all sex offenders are on the registries. That's a problem, that number should be much higher...The problem is
not the registry, its that he was convicted of a sex crime which is a public record and who are you to tell the public they can't judge
rapists harshly? If they want forgiveness and redemption, it would be awfully good if when they get out, they can do something other
than hide and pretend they never committed the crime, because you can never be forgiven if you put it under a rock. Registries are
good because they allow for some possibility of social forgiveness, and honesty helps
." -- Wendy Murphy, TV analyst

Widespread dissemination of offenders' names, photographs, addresses, and criminal history serves not only to inform the public
but also to humiliate and ostracize the convicts. It thus bears some resemblance to our shaming punishments that were used earlier
in our history to disable offenders from living normally in the community
." -- Supreme Court Justice David Souter, Concurring opinion in
Smith v. Doe

When you're looking at a sex offender registry online, and you see a pedophile with several arrests and many, many victims, right
next to a picture of the 19-year-old with the 15-year-old girlfriend. It becomes very difficult for the public to differentiate and know
who's truly dangerous, and how to protect themselves from those people.
" -- Researcher Jill Levenson [Dan Gunderson, "Sex offender
laws have unintended consequences." NPR News, June 18, 2007]

"Well, the affirmative steps --it -- that has never been the test. The test has been whether it rises to the level of punishment. Yes, the
affirmative step of filling out one side of one page with the sort of information that you'd -- would put on your application to join the
Price Club requires. There's nothing burdensome about that. It must be in their argument the use that that information is put to."
John Roberts during oral arguments for Smith v Doe, before he became chief justice of SCOTUS

"Here, SORA subjects registrants to criminal sanctions if they do not comply with the registration requirements, but SORA's
vagueness leaves law enforcement without adequate guidance to enforce the law and leaves registrants of ordinary intelligence
unable to determine when the reporting requirements are triggered."
-- U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland [Doe v Snyder et al., Case No.
12-11194 (E. MI 2015)]

“Zach [Anderson]’s case was very timely because now we’ve got national attention to [Michigan's] registry. “People are starting to
understand how bad this is...“It’s like a cancer. It just grows and grows and they add more and more things.”
-- Retired Van Buren
County Circuit Court Judge William Buhl, speaking about a teen landing on the registry for consensual sex [Black, Virginia.
Retired judge:
Michigan sex offense registry 'like a cancer'
. South Bend Tribune. Schurz Communications. 8 Sept. 2015. Web. <http://www.southbendtribune.


“The only thing that comes close to this is dueling.”-- Utah Supreme Court Associate Chief Justice Michael Wilkins, regarding a case
involving a 13 year old girl who was considered both a “victim” and “perpetrator” in a sex crime. Her 12 year old boyfriend pled guilty to the
same offense, unlawful sex with a person under age 14

“Kids are being threatened with being put under Megan’s Law if they’re caught sexting. That’s not what the law was ever designed
-- Maureen Kanka, mother of Megan Kanka, for whom "Megan's Law' is named

"This is one of the most morally compelling pieces of legislation that I have ever filed. We rarely have the opportunity to do
something that takes people out of a living hell."
-- Texas state Representative Todd Smith, when passing the "Romeo and Juliet" bill in

"[The Romeo and Juliet Bill] was intended to more narrowly define who could seek a court's exemption from sex offender
registration, I believe the bill fails to adequately protect young victims."
-- Texas Governor Rick Perry, in vetoing the 2009 Romeo and
Juliet law

“Current youth policy and parenting advice teeter between high anxiety child protection and high anger child punishment. It would
appear that children are fragilely innocent until the moment they step over some line, at which point they become instantly,
irredeemably wicked. One striking pair of contradictory trends: as we raise the age of consent for sex, we lower the age at which a
wrongdoing child may be tried and sentenced as an adult criminal. Both, needless to say, are ‘in the best interests’ of the child and
-- Judith Levine, "Harmful To Minors," p. xxxi-xxxii

"My opinion is this is the best thing that could've happened to the kid..."It is not vague to say, 'If you do this kind of activity, we don't
care what age you are, you are liable for prosecution.' ""
-- Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Ferg, on prosecuting a 10-year-old boy as a sex
offender in Federal Court. [Zusha Elinson (Oct. 7, 2013).
Federal Youth Case on Trial: Prosecution of 10-Year-Old on Sex Charges Stokes
Debate Over Juvenile Justice
. WSJ]


“They don’t work. They don't work, and they actually make things more dangerous rather than make them safer” --Kansas Corrections
Secretary Roger Werholz, when asked why the state doesn't have laws restricting where sex offenders can live

You had to see it to appreciate the juxtaposition of this horrible poverty — shanties with signs saying ‘Help’ — right under the bridge
on the way to glamorous Miami Beach. No one wanted to do anything about it because it was political suicide to ask for help for sex
.” -- Julie Brown, Miami Herald reporter, on the Julia Tuttle Causeway camp caused by Residency Restriction laws

The biggest concern that people have is where are they gonna go? I don't know. I would suggest they go back to their families and I
know where I don't want them to go. I don't want them in my neighborhood.
" -- Alabama State Rep. Kurt Wallace, in support of an anti-
clustering law

When you propose a law restricting sex offenders to 1,000 feet from any bus stop, that’s just not going to work. You have to
” -- Laura A. Ahearn, executive director of Parents for Megan’s Law and the Crime Victims Center

The Ordinance appears to attempt to ensure public safety, in certain parts of Allegheny County, by isolating all Megan’s Law
registrants in localized penal colonies of sorts, without any consideration of the General Assembly’s policies of rehabilitation and
.” -- Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice CJ Castille, Fross et al. v. County of Allegheny, No. 17 WAP 2010, on residency

I am hopeful we can do something about the residency restrictions in the coming year... We know they don't work. Other states have
tried them, and they have the unintended consequence of driving people underground so we have no awareness of where they are
or what they are doing. That does not enhance public safety
." -- Mark Leno, California State Senator [Marisa Lagos, "Sex offender
residency ban on lawmaker's agenda." San Francisco Chronicle, December 27, 2010.]

“There is a perception that this bill is being soft on crime. All of us who have heard (this debate) know the benefits of the bill. But
we’re going to need to explain it.”
-- Connecticut State Rep. Steve Vaillancourt (R) [Annmarie Timmons, "House committee passes bill
prohibiting restrictions on where sex offenders can live." Concord Monitor, Jan. 29, 2014.
95/house-committee-passes-bill-prohibiting-restrictions-on-where-sex-offenders-can-live, Retrieved Feb. 1, 2014]

SORA does not provide sufficiently definite guidelines for registrants and law enforcement to determine from where to measure the
1,000 feet distance used to determine the exclusion zones, and neither the registrants nor law enforcement have the necessary data
to determine the zones even if there were a consensus about how they should be measured. Accordingly, due to SORA’s vagueness,
registrants are forced to choose between limiting where they reside, work, and loiter to a greater extent than is required by law or
risk violating SORA.
" -- U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland [Doe v Snyder et al., Case No. 12-11194 (E. MI 2015)]

“Except for the incarceration of persons under the criminal law and the civil commitment of mentally ill or dangerous persons, the
days are long since past when whole communities of persons, such as Native Americans and Japanese-Americans, may be lawfully
banished from our midst.”
-- Justice Geraldine S. Hines, Massachusetts Supreme Justice Court [JOHN DOE et al. vs. CITY OF LYNN, No.
SJC-11822 (MA Sup Jd Ct, Aug. 28, 2015)]


"We decided we're not going to go into full compliance. We're going to look at it over the summer, because we've been told to expect
some changes to Adam Walsh... If they're off the registry, as far as we're concerned, they've met their requirements. We're not going
to go back and punish them a second time."
-- Utah Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clinton, on Utah's response to the controversial Adam Walsh Act

"We couldn't afford the national program. The local law enforcement doesn't have the money, and the state doesn't have the
-- Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Texas determined it would be cheaper to lose $2
million than spend $39 million to become compliant with the AWA [Renée C. Lee, "Texas won't participate in national sex offender registry."
Houston Chronicle, Oct. 5, 2012.
php, Retrieved Feb. 1, 2014]

"It's like using an Atom Bomb when a stick of dynamite would do the job... A 19-year-old and his 15-year-old girlfriend have
consensual sex...He gets labeled as a sex offender for life. He should be punished for violating the law [the age of consent is 16 years
old in Ohio], but he's not necessarily a predator."
-- Cuyahoga County (OH) Common Pleas Judge Michael Donnelly [Editorial Board. "Sex-
offender registry requires reboot in Ohio and the nation: editorial." Northeast Ohio Media Group LLC. Web. <http://


“Once a person is caught in the spotlight of a predator commitment, everything an individual says or does is subject to
interpretation… Some aspects of these trials are Kafkaesque. If a person acknowledges there is a risk he will offend, this is taken as
an admission of his dangerous propensities. But if he states he will not re-offend, this is taken as a lack of insight and is counted as a
risk factor.” Good behavior is actually considered a risk factor, i.e., “manipulation”
-- Eric S. Janus, “Failure to Protect," p. 33-34


“I’m not quite sure what a law abiding Ohioan is supposed to do when he sees a green license plate. After all, the sex offender
driving the car has already done prison time, has gone through counseling, has been judged OK to live in society, is not allowed to
live close to schools, playgrounds, etc. Do you ignore the license plate? (In which case, what’s the point of it?) Do you give the driver
the finger? Ram his car? Give a polite nod? Or What?”
--Peter Tannen, “Ohio challenges Florida for ‘Most Bird-brained State’ Title.” long
Island Press, March 22, 2007. Editorial regarding Ohio's proposal for green sex offender car tags.

"I worry about casting the Scarlet A, instead of on Hester Prynne, around Hester Prynne's family." --Republican Bill Seitz, majority whip
in Ohio's House of Representatives, who helped pass Ohio's 1000 foot residency restrictions, on Ohio's green sex offender car tag proposal.

“This designation is a tool that we as community members – from law enforcement officers to TSA agents to teachers, daycare
workers, doctors, nurses and everyone in between – can use to further protect the children and families of Florida. I believe a
statutory reference is too benign. This is a scarlet letter that clearly states ‘WARNING! Keep this individual away from children!’ They
are a clear and imminent danger, and parents and families have a right to know.”
-- Lauren Book of "Lauren's Kids," as she discusses a
Florida bill that would mark the Driver's Licenses with the words "Sexual Predator" in scarlet letters [Staff Report, 'Florida Lawmakers Pass Bills
to Create “Sexual Predator' Designation on Driver’s Licenses." The Bradenton Times, May 6, 2014.]


"I think this is a clear example of an unintended consequence, which can occur when we go beyond what we call police protocol
when handling sex offenders. I understand the concern of parents for their children. But we must not allow hysteria to take place."
Marion County, Florida Sheriff Ed Dean, responding to the suicide of a handicapped Former Offender after flyers picturing him with the words
“CHILD RAPIST” printed in big bold letters were plastered all over the community

"Once you're on a publicly accessible registry, you're life is pretty much shot." -- US Representative Bobby Scott, during the March 10,
2009 Congressional SORNA Hearing

“When we face it in this situation, why is it so wrong? Let me tell you why it's so wrong. It's so wrong because in these situations,
until and unless the lady in Shrewsbury and people of her ilk have the opportunity to do away with the right of confrontation, which
I'm sure they'd like to, that 6-year-old's going to sit in front of me, or somebody far worse than me, and I'm going to rip them apart. I'm
going to make sure that the rest of their life is ruined, that when they're 8 years old, they throw up, when they're 12 years old, they
won't sleep, when they're 19 years old, they'll have nightmares. And they'll never have a relationship with anybody. And that's not
because I'm a nice guy. That's because when you're in court and you're defending somebody's liberty, and you're facing a mandatory
sentence of those draconian proportions, you have to do every single thing you can do on behalf of your client. That is your oath and
obligation as a trial lawyer, to confront the witnesses against your client, which in this instance will always be a child, who will
undoubtedly be permanently dreadfully scarred.”
-- Massachusetts State Representative James Fagan, on why mandatory sentences could

"We're making it impossible for them to live anywhere, we're making it impossible for them to work anywhere, we're making it
impossible for them to go anywhere. We need to take a step back."
--Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz. [Kevin McDermott (2011). Is Illinois
reaching the tipping point on its sex-offender registration rules? St. Louis Today.]

“You ban somebody from the community, he has no friends, he feels bad about himself, and you reinforce the very problems that
contribute to the sex abuse behavior in the first place. You make him a better sex offender.
-- Robert Freeman-Longo

“Current predator policy—to identify, stigmatize, and exclude—distorts the true nature and extent of sexual violence, focuses on a
small fraction of the problem, ignores the great majority of victims and their trauma, and does little or nothing to deal with the root
causes of sexual violence.”
 -- Eric S. Janus, “Failure to Protect,” p. 146

It’s become a national preoccupation, this fear of sex crimes. It’s almost like the Salem witch trials. But where is the fear coming
from? I don’t think it’s about sex so much as some deep-seated sense that we’ve failed to protect our children
.” -- Russell Banks,
author of "Lost Memory of Skin," a fictional novel based on the Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony [McGrath, Charles. "A Novelist
Bypasses the Middle to Seek Out the Margins."
NY Times.  14 Oct 2011. Web.

He's constantly watching his back. He doesn't know if the next person who walks up on him is going to know he's a sex offender, and
what they'll do or what they're going to say...He won't date. He won't talk to girls. A girl says 'Hi' to him in the store -- and I have seen
him twice bail out of the store and lock himself inside our pickup. He just says, 'I'm scared,' The damage that's being done by making
him register as a sex offender is long term. This will always haunt this kid
." -- Mary Duval, speaking about her teenage son, who landed
on the registry for consensual relations [Gunderson, Dan. "Sex offender laws have unintended consequences."
NPR News. 18 June 2007.


"I said I was kidding when I was talking to the Senate and I said they were talking about electronic monitoring, which is big and
unwieldy for the sex offenders, and that some of these guys, no matter what the law in their state was, would have to wear one for 20
years or whatever. I said implant it in their anus and if they go outside the radius, explode it and that would send a big message. It
was a joke. Nobody thought it was funny."
-- America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, in a 2006 press conference to promote his Fox TV

You can't paint sex offenders with a broad brush." -- John Walsh in USA TODAY

WALSH: “I think my inability to deal with my problems -- I never went to a therapist for 20 years. I think it just -- my own selfishness,
my own stupidity, my own ego, all of those things, and I hurt my children, and I hurt my wife, and she's a good woman, and she, you
know, we're working very hard at this I do -- I think [therapy] helps. I think especially crime victims, and it's not an excuse, people that
have been through an awful traumas, I think therapy is a terrific thing, and I thought, you know, I'm the tough guy, I'm the toughest
guy, I mean, I can deal with this myself -- I couldn't deal with it. And you know, you thinking not hurting somebody, you know, women
can be an addiction, and you have to deal with it…”
KING: “So you understand men who have that problem?”
WALSH: “Oh, I had it for years and didn't think I had it.”
-- John Walsh admitting he has a sexual addiction on Larry King Live, July 15, 2003

“My focus is on tougher laws for predators. If you don’t like me because I look at naked women, I don’t care. I’m not putting a black
mark on my daughter’s name.”
-- Mark Lunsford, in a Citrus County Chronicle article which stated child porn was found on his computer. Not
surprisingly, the article was suppressed online)

"I can't get my hands on the guy that murdered my daughter so I've made it my job to make the rest of these sexual offenders and
predators' lives miserable, as miserable as I can."
-- Mark Lunsford

"We're talking about Romeo and Juliet here, not some 36-year-old pervert following around a 10-year-old." -- Mark Lunsford,
responding to his son's arrest for a sex crime

Fuck Mark Klaas! Yesterday Texas Equusearch found our 102nd victim. Unfortunately, he’d drowned, but we used our sonar and
equipment and brought closure to another family. How many missing people has Mark Klaas found? All he’s done is live off his
daughter’s name
.” -- Tim Miller, founder of Texas Equusearch

We have what I think of as a victim industry in this country, and industry populated by Nancy Grace and Dr. Phil and Gloria Allred
and all those who make money by manufacturing outrage. I've been part of it. If you spent years reading about yourself in the papers
with the moniker ‘Sex Victim Girl,’ you'd have a lot to say about this issue, too. But for now I'll leave it at this: It is wrong to ask
people to feel like victims, because once they do, they feel like victims in every area of their lives. I made a decision: I wasn't going to
be a victim of anyone or for anyone. Not Roman, not the state of California, not the media. I wasn't going to be defined by what is said
about me or expected from me
.” -- Samantha Geimer, excerpt from her book, "The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski." (pgs. 9-10)

California and Pete Wilson can suck my dick! / And if you didn't already know / that you couldn't trust his ass/ just look how he did
Polly Klass / Used her death, and her family's name / so he can yank more votes, and political fame / It's a shame, that I'm the one they
say is a monster
." -- Shawn "C-Bo" Thomas, lyrics from the song "Deadly Game," from his 1999 album "The Final Chapter"


“Congressman Mark Foley’s resignation is a great loss to Florida is a great loss to Florida and the nation. He has been a hard working,
dedicated and effective Congressman. He will be missed.”
-- The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, on the announcement
of Foley’s resignation after the Congressional page scandal broke. The statement was revised within the day after harsh criticism

“[Foley] kept his shame to himself for almost 40 years. Specifically, Mark has asked that you be told that between the ages of 13 and
15 he was molested by a clergyman. Foley] does not blame the trauma he sustained as a young adolescent for his totally
inappropriate e-mails and IMs. He continues to offer no excuse whatsoever for his conduct Mark was the under the influence of
alcohol at the time he sent the alleged e-mails and IMs that I have been informed of… Any suggestion that Mark Foley is a pedophile
is false, categorically false. Mark Foley denies ever, ever having any sexual contact with a minor. Finally, Mark Foley wants you to
know that he is a gay man.”
-- David Roth, attorney for Mark Foley

"One of the things that we have learned is that people seek help for drug use or alcoholism because it is far more socially
acceptable. But what's usually lying underneath are sexual behavioral problems. They are not dealing with the root cause."
-- Yvonne
Cournoyer, Program Director of the Minnesota chapter of Stop It Now!, on the Mark Foley scandal

“I think the story behind the story is that this is something that everybody in every walk of life seems prone to doing, no matter what
your position.”
-- Nancy Sabin, executive director of the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, on the Mark Foley Scandal


“We have gotten people fired, we have gotten people kicked out of their homes, we’ve broken up relationships and friendships. The
reward in Perverted Justice is peeling back the curtain on these fuckers, we do that. And as we grow (and we’re growing, oh boy,
are we growing) we continue to have greater successes in making lives a living hell.”
-- Philip von Eide, aka., “Xavier Von Erck,” leader
of the cyber-terrorist organization

It's actually more work for us than if we find the leads ourselves because we have to go back and redo everything they did to
confirm what they did..."\We've had them hit on undercover operations we were going on. Law enforcement has gone back to them
and said 'Hey, we're working this site. Back off.' They basically go, 'Screw you. We're doing what we want
.'" -- Sgt. Dave Jones of the
San Diego Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, commenting on Perverted-Justice

“But, you should know that I intend to fight as hard and as long as I can to prevent other people from becoming victims of such
reckless actions as those taken by your employees, which were set in motion by a self-appointed group acting as judge, jury and
executioner that was encouraged by an out-of-control reality show.”
-- Patricia Conradt, sister of Bill Conradt, who committed suicide
during a botched arrest attempt during the Dateline NBC show "To Catch a Predator"


“Sex Crimes against children is ZERO TOLERANCE, offenders need no mercy....Death is the only resolution....Prison??? Our tax
dollars...I can think of better ways to spend our money...what about death for the predators and put the money that would of been
used supporting these sickos and rehabilitate the survivors…”
-- Judy Cornett, notorious Florida vigilante

“Save a child- Hang a Pedophile.”-- Patches sewn onto the jackets of “Jessie’s Rider’s” biker gang, run by Mark Lunsford, motto he adopted
from a T-shirt

"What Mr. Troyer should be thinking is that if everybody went out and beat up a sex offender, we might have a lot less sex offenders.
This is the point. Home run and bravo to Ms. Gibson."
-- 590 KLBJ radio personality Lisa Fritsch, a "Christian," applauding an unprovoked
vigilante attack in 2008

This country is based on vigilantism.” -- Patrick Drum, a man who murdered two registered citizens, during his sentencing hearing.  [Paul
Gottlieb (Sept. 19, 2012).
'Country based on vigilantism': Double-murderer not sorry for killing sex offenders. Peninsula Daily News.]

We think that very long sentences are warranted; in fact, we'd like longer sentences. And I would just say in closing that with
respect to smart justice that maybe what we ought to really be doing is thinking about giving the victims’ families an opportunity to
have visitation with the perpetrators and a pair of scissors. That's our idea of smart justice, Mr. Chairman, not anything short of that
Barney Bishop III of Florida Smart Justice Alliance, at Florida House Judiciary Committee Hearing, March 3, 2104


"I hope they bring these grubs to justice. We find out how much guts they've got ... as one of them committed suicide yesterday and
another one had a big go, but he must not have had the courage to do it properly. If they all went and did it first up, we wouldn't have
this problem. They must be guilty if they commit suicide ... maybe I am too harsh but I've got no time for that."
-- Central Queensland,
Australia, politico Vaughan Johnson, addressing the state Parliament

"I whole heartedly support mandatory sentencing as well lifetime monitoring with strong restrictions and regulations. And as for as I
am concerned these people should be thankful we allow them out of prison at all. You can play this card that politicians only do this
because they are trying to be tough on crime line but again this discounts the fact they are working to make our communities
safer… And I personally don’t believe their is any such thing as a “first time offender”, I believe its just the first time the have been
caught. And once they have been caught, then we should refer to them as Registered sex offenders! Have a great day."
-- Georgia
Republican Steve Davis, addressing a blogger on his personal site

"I feel bad for him. I know it's cold outside, but we have to enforce the law. There is no constitutional right to warmth."-- Hamilton
County, Ohio Prosecutor Joe Deters, responding to a lawsuit by a homeless Former Offender to stay at an emergency shelter within 1000 feet
of a school

"Truly, I don't care if we stomp on his civil liberties. I truly don't."-- Howell, New Jersey, Councilman Mike Howell, in addressing a pending
lawsuit over residency laws in his state

“I never, ever met a false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth.”-- Wendy Murphy, adjunct professor at the New
England School of Law and alleged “legal analyst,” commenting on the “Duke Lacrosse case,” later discovered to be a case of malicious and
false prosecution

I want you to know, I have a new book coming out Jane. You want another title? 'Parents Guide to How to Rape a Pedophile with a
Pitchfork'; I'm going to publish it tomorrow. You know what I'm saying?
" -- Wendy Murphy, TV Legal Analyst

"I would expect the courts will make us pay dearly for this pious bit of posturing...I think you need to ask [GA state Sen. Jerry Keen] if
he thinks there is a Constitution of the United States and a Bill of Rights. His comes out of the King James version of the Bible,
maybe Leviticus"
-- GA State Sen. Seth Harp, on discussing a federal court ruling striking a law preventing registered citizens from working/
volunteering at churches. [R. Robin McDonald (Apr. 8, 2009).
GA Senator attempts to fix sex offender law: “I would expect the courts will make
us pay dearly for this pious bit of posturing"
. Fulton County Daily Report., Retrieved Oct. 20, 2013]

"It's not that I wouldn't be for it because offsetting the costs to the taxpayers is a good thing. I just don't think the majority of them
can afford to pay, and they'll quit paying, quit registering and quit showing up and be a bigger problem."
-- Polk Co. FL Sheriff Grady
Judd on why registry fees are a bad idea. [
9 Investigates uncovers proposed plan to make sex offenders pay yearly fee. WFTV9. Cox Media
Group. July 6, 2015. Web. <http://>]
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