dealing with community notification. I am a cosponsor of this measure to require communities
to protect the public when dangerous sexual offenders are in their midst.
As an attorney and former judge, I have seen first-hand the anguish endured by victims of violent
sexual predators. I have also wimessed the frustration of law enforcement officials who tell me
that had this type of language been enacted previously, the number of women and children
victimized would be far lower. Just recently in Georgia, a repeat sexual offender was arrested
and found with five children in his van. This is not a problem affecting only the ninth district of
Georgia. This man had also been charged with sexual assauk allegations in Alabama and
California. Due to the transient nature of sexual offenders, we must do more at the federal level
to protect children from such tragedies.
Furthermore, a shocking U.S. Justice Department report has -ndicated that two-thirds of all state
prisoners convicted of rape or sexual assault committed their offense against a child. The report
on child victimization was compiled from interviews with irsmates in 277 prisons in 45 states.
This is simply unacceptable, and it is time to take action to siop this injustice. We must open the
looks on these crimes once and for all. If knowledge is power, providing citizens with
notification of sexual offenders will allow communities to fight back against these criminals -
and hopefully win. I fully support the passage of H.R. 2137 and urge my colleagues to join in