I want you to consider this, the fact that there are many sex offenders out in our society that have not been reported. Some even were reported but for one reason or another charges were not filed or dropped.
Therefore it is fair to say the statistics do not really show the full picture.
Washington State - Number Of Registered Sex Offenders: 19,700*as of 7/10/07 -from Klasskids webpage
Total population in Washington State 6,287,759.
Do some math and let's say the average offender on this list abuses 5 people, then you are talking about 98,500 victims in our state alone. Now consider this, these are only the ones we know about.
Epidemic might be an understatement!
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Registered Sex offenders on facebook
Sentinel’s technology is the foundation for Sentinel SAFE, the software MySpace uses to identify sex offenders on its site. Sentinel SAFE is a database of more than 700,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S., complete with names, photos, dates of birth, email and IM addresses (when available), and more than a hundred other data points. Cardillo took the 90,000 sex offenders who were removed from MySpace and started looking for them on Facebook. He says:
The actual number of matches he found was 8,487. (excerpt from the above link)
We found over 8,000 offenders on their site without much effort. My professional opinion is that the real number is 15 to 20 times that.
* I realize not all sex offenders are pedophiles but sexual abuse is sexual abuse.