Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, who was raped and killed by a known child molester who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of that tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states in the U. The California Sex and Arson Registry is the source of sex offender information displayed on this website.
By Shana Ting Lipton. For more than 50 years, offenders have been required to register with their local law enforcement agencies. The law, which was implemented in , makes this information more easily accessible as easy as an online search on your computer. The California database contains more than 77, offenders. The intention is to arm local communities and parents with information through which they can protect themselves and their children from rapists, child molesters, and other sex offenders.
Get Informed : Subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates, analysis and context straight to your email. Or that Liu was 16 at the time, a recent Chinese immigrant who spoke little English. In California, convictions for any one of a long list of offenses—ranging from indecent exposure to rape—trigger the same lifetime registration requirement. I think it is unfair, I think it is wrong.
The thought of sexual predators in our community is difficult to accept. Citizens are able to identify sex offenders who may be living in their neighborhoods by using the California State Megan's Law website , but there are other steps which can be taken to protect families. So, while stranger-danger is real, these heart-wrenching assaults are more likely to come from those we least expect to harm our children. We urge citizens to be very cautious about anyone included in their "Circle of Trust.