A report has highlighted the urgent need for the Victoria’s Sex Offenders registration scheme to put forward stringent policies that would protect children from sexual abuse and high risk-offenders. The report of the Victorian Law Reform commission based on the Sex Offender's Registration was released in the parliament yesterday. The recommendations put forward by the report focused on putting attention on occasional offenders through an individual assessment process, rather than conventional automatic inclusion.
It also put forward the dangers that come with over-registering people. Most of these people are unlikely to pose any threat to children, and can lead to the likely offenders getting away. Rather than having a big list of all offenders, the main focus should be on those re-offenders who pose a far greater threat. Under the current scheme, all the adults who sexually offend any child are automatically registered as sex-offenders for a given period of time.
There have been more than 4000 people who have been registered as sex offenders in seven years. This numbers is expected to go upwards and reach 10,000 by 2020. With such a huge list, it is difficult to pin point who are the re-offenders as most of them get unnoticed. Last year alone, Victoria Police had failed to inform the Department of Human Services of more than 300 sex offenders. These offenders were living with children or had unsupervised contact with them.
Incidences like these highlight the fact that there is a dire need of more stringent measures to be undertaken to make sure that it doesn’t happen in the future. There are also 79 other recommendation laid down in the report which would ensure that the scheme is made more effective in protecting children against sexual abuse.