This is not quite off topic for homeless youth. Child molesters are listed in the sex offender registry. They are the worst of the worst, preying on the helpless and the young, unwise and unwary. They are on the move. Nationally, many local and state governments have tightened up their laws, pushing the sex offenders away from schools, churches, parks and playgrounds, driving them out of homes because they now live too close to a temptation. So the sex offenders are on the move, trying to find some place they can live. It’s not easy.
The unintended consequence is that many are going skedaddle, vamoose, or as the law calls it, absconded. Some find homelessness a perfect cover. Nobody asks questions and since homeless are everywhere, the park next to that girl’s club or boy’s club or the clump of trees across from the middle school suits them just fine. And, if a homeless youngster, street kid, runaway, foster child out of foster care, or the wayward child cutting through the woods shows up, the child predator is ready to befriend them.
Homeless youth are often sexually abused when they are on the streets. Many take cover with an older person or adult that will “protect” them or provide food in return for sexual favors. Not a good thought. It is a perfect setup for a child molester driven out of his home.
I read that eight sex offenders in Pensacola have been relocated by the sheriff’s dept to a bridge across a causeway. Not just to the bridge but under it. They even send someone out every day to check them in for the night.
How many times have you seen youngsters fishing from such bridges? Have you ever gone under one to play? I have, great adventure for boys wanting to get their feet wet or to find a shady place to fish. Bad things can happen while daddy fishes from the middle of the bridge. Homeless youth often hang out under bridges, just like adult homeless.
All I have to say is that we need better ways to track these people. They stand prepared to give the homeless a bad name.
Next post I’ll give you a powerful tool to locate the registered sex offenders in your neighborhood. Unfortunately, you have no way to know if any of the homeless are also sex offenders as they are very likely not registered. Right now, don’t worry too much about that. The homeless generally have a code of ethics that would rival any of us. Believe it or not, most homeless are quite lawful and will eject anyone that would bring any attention to themselves by criminal acts. The problem comes when several sex predators join up and seek out children, as happened recently in Atlanta.
Homeless street kids have very little chance of getting by without sexual abuse, often by a predator that has befriended them and offered protection. Yeah, right. Our job is to get the kids off the street and into some sort of protective home. That is the very best we can hope for, because the predators will always be with us, lurking and waiting.