Keeping Children Safe from Sexual Offenders
Megan's Law is named after seven-year-old Megan Kanka, a New Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known registered sex offender who had moved across the street from the family without their knowledge. In the wake of the tragedy, the Kankas sought to have local communities warned about sex offenders in the area. All states now have a form of Megan's Law.
The U.S. Congress has passed several laws that require states to implement sex offender and crimes against children registries: the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Pam Lychner Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act, and Megan's Law. On March 5, 2003, the United States Supreme Court ruled that information about potential predators may be publicly posted on the Internet.
While the contents of state sex offender registries are public records and you have the right to see them, access is often difficult. Often, you must know the name of the individual for which you are looking and, in many states, you must go to your local police station and complete an information request form. In some states, there are fees and search limits. Many states now maintain web sites, but these often have limited functionality.
Kids Live Safe is an innovative organization focused on protecting kids from Sexual Predators. Since 2009, Kids Live Safe has provided families with an extremely powerful suite of top-rated, web-based child protection tools to help you and your family be aware, be alert, and be safe. Kids Live Safe is not a government entity.
MegansLaw.com is not associated in any way with the government-run Megan's Law website. The goal behind MegansLaw.com is to complement the official site and to provide families with additional resources to help protect them from sexual predators, offenders, and pediphiles.