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Letters to the Editor

Sexual predators are unpredictable, violent

I have been following your presentations of sex offenders for the past two weeks ("Sex offenders: Do they live near you?" June 5; "Some first offenders left off sex registry," June 12) and felt it was time to respond. In retrospect, I was impressed with the portrayal of the offenders' pictures in the paper and the citizen leading the petition to do something about the sexual predators being allowed to roam near neighborhoods and schools.

However, the letter printed by a reader from Lilburn ("Offender registry needed more information," June 12) was particularly disturbing.

While I respect the reader's desire to see a fair portrayal of sex offenders' rights, I question his understanding of how devastating this offense is to the victims and why there is such a resistance to having predators in our midst.

He wanted to see more information published about the offender to assess the nature of their crime so that the court of public opinion could avoid assuming the worst.

All of the pictures featured were of those who had been convicted of a sexual offense, a premeditated act of indecency against someone else.

These people invaded someone's space, took advantage of someone else's vulnerability, used another human being's body with the indifference of using a piece of paper, and the reader was concerned that without proper presentation, the public would be "forced to assume the worst was committed."

Tell me what is worse than an assault on your body? And because the act is premeditated, how is what they've done a mistake?

We can cure their pathetic lamentations of not having a place to stay or work by changing the laws to lock these people up in prison for the rest of their natural lives. And people like you might want to consider a few things before dropping your guard in defense of the sexual predator. Their behavior is unpredictable, impulsive and violent.

Neighborhood petitions and people fighting to keep these people out of their neighborhoods and away from our schools and day care centers are doing the right thing.

With a profile as unpredictable and sociopathic as the predatory personality, we cannot afford to assume that these people will ever respond to rehabilitation.

- Dr. Carman S. Clark counseling psychologist

Stone Mountain