1/6 Topic - Accused Child Rapist in Your Neighborhood
Tonight Viewer's Voice Question:
Should neighbors be notified when an accused child rapist moves in nearby?
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"I definitely think neighbors should be notified of a convicted child rapist moving to their neighborhood; however, I do not think the case of the Walpole football coach meets this requirement. This is a tragic and unfortunate situation, and has not been finalized. I do not think this man is a threat to a neighborhood." 7 Viewer
"Absolutely not! What happened to innocent until proven otherwise? I understand the concern, but ruining someone life over an accusation is unjust. If we allowed that then what next...let the system do its job!" 7Viewer
"Definitely! I believe when anyone that could pose to be a danger to a child, including the accused, moves into your neighborhood, you should be notified. We have seen plenty of incidents where people with clean records, have harmed children. This is just one step to work towards preventing that." Mike Saccone, Whitman
"Absolutely! I think that everyone has a right to know if an accused rapist moves into their neighborhood. This would only be for the safety of the children/community and would allow the people of that specific neighborhood to keep an eye out -- if that accused person were to do something bad. You can't say that this is a violation of the accused rapist's rights, because if you ask me, by committing such acts on innocent victims, you lose your civil rights at that very moment. Therefore, an accused criminal shouldn't even have those rights anymore. Even though the person is accused, I still feel that the people have a right to know; Because the fact is, the person is under investigation for such a serious crime. After all, better safe than sorry!" Jeremy Bethoney, South Dartmouth, MA
"No. People are too quick to assume guilt upon accusation. Irreparable damage can be done to a person's career and family life between the time they are accused and subsequently found innocent. This country was founded on the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. I do not think it would be fair for neighbors to be informed of an accused sex offender's presence in their neighborhood until that person is officially found guilty." Jessica Lane, Arlington, MA
"No! Again instead of fixing the problem by helping families and counseling, 99 percent of child sexual abuse is from in the family not some guy. At the Justice Department's web site it states that after one year only five percent of child abuses re-offend and after three years only one percent re-offend. Counseling does work not fear." 7Viewer
"I think that if an accused child rapist were to be in my community that everyone should be informed. I would never want anyone to be living next to an accused child rapist without notification because being in a community it is all about safety first." 7Viewer
"Absolutely, neighbors should be notified! As a parent of 4 I think would be negligent of our criminal justice system not to make families aware of a convicted felon living nearby." Rebekah LaCava
"Absolutely, I would even go so far as to say that everyone in a one mile radius should have to vote on whether or not they should be allowed." 7Viewer