Every Halloween–before, during, or after COVID–some sick vigilantes entertain themselves and terrify everyone else by telling untrue stories about strangers molesting our beautiful kids.
To increase our fear, locals emphasize whatever they think will work: a half-true story about somebody a thousand miles away; gossip about a new neighbor whom nobody really knows; complete lies about something that supposedly happened decades ago; and the latest, cruelest fashion, identifying the houses occupied by people on Sex Offender Registries.
Of course, this year’s Halloween is dramatically different from last year’s. Many kids are NOT going door to door, and many parents are not welcoming a parade of goblins and Harry Potters to their door. The whole idea of groups of people roaming up and down the street carefree is just a wistful fantasy.
But one thing will be the same this Halloween: according to the media, politicians, law enforcement, and sexual disaster activists, parents are urged to be thinking about predators. Scarier than vampires, more determined than zombies, more destructive than Godzilla, Halloween is supposedly predators’ night to manipulate, seduce, capture, and poison our innocent darlings.
And so vigilante—sorry, neighborhood safety—groups are publishing the addresses of local registered sex offenders (RSOs). They’ve passed laws requiring these people to put “no candy” or “warning!” signs on their doors. They want clown costumes taken off store shelves. In some communities, offenders are being “invited” to mandatory meetings at community shelters for the evening.
Anti-molesting groups (often using federal CDC propaganda) are warning American parents that on Halloween: know where your local registered sex offenders live. And for God’s sake, don’t let your kid go to such a house.
The fear-mongering is designed to persuade parents that their kids live in a neighborhood full of dangerous predators (which will, of course, lead to increased budgets for anti-predator groups like NCMEC). And yet, the facts say otherwise:
* Over 90% of sex offenses are committed by a child’s relatives or acquaintances, not strangers.
* Registered sex offenders are less likely to re-offend sexually than murderers, drunk drivers, arsonists, or violent burglars are to re-commit their crimes.
* There is NO DATA showing that more sexual offenses are committed on Halloween than on any other autumn evening.
* There are virtually zero instances of adults poisoning or harming kids via trick or treat goodies.
So wherefore the fear, the anger, the defensiveness, the demand for increased protection from a danger that doesn’t exist?
The Registered Sex Offender (RSO) industry is worth billions of dollars. It depends on manipulating the public into thinking there are more dangerous people than there are; that they are all highly prone to re-offend; and that keeping track of them via a registry and restricted movements keeps us all safer.
But the data from across the country is clear: sex offender registries do not make us safer. They just burn up a lot of money that could be used to treat offenders and identify the untreatable ones. They do, of course, make the general population more fearful. If you’re part of the RSO industry, that fear is a good thing.
So what’s actually the most dangerous part of trick-or-treating? Cars. Pedestrians under 15 are way more likely to get struck and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to federal statistics. Of course, we can’t eliminate cars; it’s much easier to target a group of people with no rights and no support, and project our anxiety onto them.
If only protecting our kids were that easy.
And still, the most dangerous thing in the average kid’s life is not being molested—it’s texting while riding a bike.
For more information on protecting the civil rights of convicted sex offenders who have served their time, see NARSOL.org or NCRJ.org.