10,014 registered sex offenders live in North Carolina
• Of these, 100 are lifetime registrants;
• 47 are recidivists;
• 617 are either not registered or have not verified their most recent address.
Source: N.C. Sex Offender & Public Protection Registry; Sept. 19, 2006
After passing Jessica’s Law, Florida ‘s repeat sexual offender rate dropped from 34 percent to 2 percent.
Source: N.C. Family Policy Council
An August 2006 Civitas DecisionMaker poll found that 75 percent of voters think North Carolina should increase penalties for convicted first-time sexual predators to a mandated minimum of 25 years.
Same-sex child molesters (53 percent) have higher recidivism rates than do opposite-sex molesters (43 percent).
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Center for Sex Offender Management
60 percent of child molestation victims are 13 or younger. 79 percent of the victims of repeat offenders are 13 or younger.
The average child molester serves only three years in jail.
Approximately 39 percent of all sex offenders are sent back to prison within three years of release.
“The number of prisoners sentenced [since 1980] for violent sexual assault other than rape increased by an annual average of nearly 15%—faster than any other category of violent crime and faster than all other categories except drug trafficking.”
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Sexually abused males are 14 to 15 times more likely to commit suicide than are other men.
Source: Holmes and Slap (1998)
59 percent of male inmates claim to have been sexually abused as a child.
Source: R.J. Johnson et al. (2006)
70 to 80 percent of sexual abuse survivors suffer from heavy drug and alcohol use.
Source: S. Zierler et al. (1991)
In 1998, the North Carolina General Assembly explicitly mandated that a seller or landlord need not notify potential buyers or tenants that a registered sex offender occupies, occupied or resides near property offered for sale, lease, or rent.
Source: G.S. §39-50; §42-14.2
There are 566,782 registered sex offenders in the United States.
Source: Center for Missing & Exploited Children
There are at least 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States.
Source: Violent Crimes Institute
Approximately three million American children have been sexually molested; another 39 million adults are survivors of sexual abuse.
Source: Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute
The average pedophile molests between 30 to 60 children before his first arrest and an average of 360 to 380 children over the course of a lifetime.
Source: Project KidSafe; cf. S.C. Zolondek et al. (2001)
Compiled by Jameson Taylor