Date and Time: August 2 (today!) – until 9 pm
Place: YMCA Family Park, Murray Ave, outside the Speakers’ Tent
CONTACT: Barbara G. Haller, District 4 City Councilor (508) 414-0266 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (508) 414-0266 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Since 2005 District 4 City Councilor Barbara Haller has provided attendees of Main South’s National Night Out the opportunity to look at the photographs and descriptions of convictions of Level 3 sex offenders who live or work in Worcester. This year’s event is no exception.
Councilor Haller explains, “I have updated my book of Worcester’s Level 3 (high risk) Sex Offenders as published on the Massachusetts State Sex Offender Registry. The information was provided by the Registry on July 27, 2011. The Registry states on its web page ‘… the risk of re-offense is high and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial public safety interest is by active dissemination ….’ ”
Attendees at tonight’s National Night Out will have the opportunity to look through the book. Councilor Haller’s intention is that as a result of making this information readily available that families will sit together and talk about the threat of sexual crimes. Haller says, “Sexual crime is a fact of life and the Level 3 book shows that in living color.
The book, while dramatic, shows only the photos of those who have been caught and convicted. Many faces are all too familiar. We also know that there are many who have escaped the law thus far. Families and friends will do well to think and talk about how to avoid being a victim and what to do if they are.”
In 2005 Worcester had 71 Level 3 high risk unduplicated sex offenders. This year we have 199 – 2.8 times the number 7 years ago. Review of the registry data makes it clear that sex offenders, while nearly always male, cannot be reliably profiled by physical description. We must protect ourselves by being informed, teaching our children how to be safe, and advocating for increased accountability for sex offenders. National Night Out 2011 is playing a role in making that happen.
This year’s National Night Out’s theme, “NOT ON OUR CURBS,” highlights the community’s commitment to partner with neighbors and the Worcester Police Department to increase our families’ safety.