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Are background checks enough to weed out abusers?

L.A. Times 2012/12/02 20:31:01
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Amid reports of widespread sexual abuse of children in the late 1980s, several leading youth organizations began conducting criminal background checks of volunteers and staff members. Big Brothers Big Sisters ordered the checks for all volunteers starting in 1986. Boys and Girls Clubs of America recommended their use the same year.

One of the nation's oldest and largest youth groups, however, was opposed — the Boy Scouts of America. The organization fought the trend of adopting criminal background checks for volunteers and staff, unknowingly allowing convicted child sex offenders to join.

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  • kevracer 2012/12/04 21:57:37 (edited)
    No
    kevracer
    +4
    the criminal background check only works on child predators that have been caught previously.

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  • Larry M 2012/12/07 16:34:04
    No
    Larry M
    They will weed out those who are already in the system and are useful for that. However calling past positions and employers should be done also. One problem is that because of exposure to liability issues most people are reluctant to tell callers what they think. We find difficult screening potential employees because of this exposure and many will not say and if they do it will be only to say if they would consider rehiring a person.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2012/12/07 15:45:36
    No
    TimothyBrianFoley
    they will find loopholes through the system and get away with such
  • Lyka Midik 2012/12/07 03:24:19
    No
    Lyka Midik
    +1
    No. If the police can miss this guy, who was himself a police officer.
    police guy police officer

    Can't even imagine what other kinds of sick weirdos the background checks miss.
  • TasselLady 2012/12/06 21:58:08
    No
    TasselLady
    +1
    Especially if some records are sealed. THAT needs to be changed amongst other things.
  • Jaiheen... TasselLady 2012/12/06 23:03:17 (edited)
  • JJ 2012/12/06 21:42:13
    Yes
    JJ
    I feel background checks are essential, but they need more than just that. They need to find out where these people live, where they work and warnings should be put out in the areas they are in...warnings mailed to people, not just told to look on the computer, because many don't think to do that. Children, be they teens to babies are Gods precious cargo and these sick perverts, including those that sell young girls for sex are the scum of the earth. They need to be found out and need to be jailed for many years for what they have been doing. This to me is the sickest thing on earth, to hurt and destroy children and teens for money and sick satisfaction. And parents that do this to their children are even sicker. This is the way satan works, not God.
  • Bolrog JJ 2012/12/07 20:03:05
    Bolrog
    Yes and mein Dictator ish reddy to oblige....Ze zhidrin muzt be stopphed undt mein Fuhrer will "Leave no Child Behind"...juz like mein udder fuhrer Mussolini...Homosexuals mustd be stophed dey vill not be allowed contact weth ze kidz.... obmama the fascist
  • JJ Bolrog 2012/12/08 03:18:51
    JJ
    Sure. Well, we'll see how that works out.
  • Bolrog JJ 2012/12/08 15:47:27
    Bolrog
    That's what you are advocating. A police state like Russia, China and North Korea have in place. Patriot act not good enough for you? So a murderer and a rapist of your wife deserves more understanding and protection than a pedophile and homosexual. They both say the same exact things. I was made this way says the homosexual and pedophile. I cant help how i act says the homosexual and pedophile. I have no control over my deviant urges says both the pedophile and the homosexual. Soooo...rounding all of them up irregardless of deviancy or criminal behavior and invade everyones privacy to save a few.
  • JJ Bolrog 2012/12/08 16:26:47
    JJ
    +1
    Did you read what I said? Go back up and read it slowly and then read the other one, slowly. No, I don't advocate a police state, but I do advocate laws that make sense and stop sick, evil perverts that are hurting and destroying our kids. When these people are caught [ pedophiles, rapist, murderers ] doing what is wrong and against the law, they should be locked up, not given a slap on the hand and let go again, just to do it over and over again. Homosexuals need help, but unless they go after that help,they won't change. I know most of them feel they're right in what they're doing, but God says otherwise.
  • Bolrog JJ 2012/12/09 16:50:35
    Bolrog
    Some parts of your post seem to go overboard on requiring new invasions of our already greatly eroded privacy rights of Americans.
  • JJ Bolrog 2012/12/09 17:19:20
    JJ
    +1
    I know what you're saying, but I'm talking about real sex offenders, etc. These people do need a good eye kept on them for our children's sake. We have one in our neighborhood not far from our place and our grandkids live near him, and believe me, we as a family do keep a good watch out for him.
  • RubenRibnik 2012/12/06 19:54:21
    No
    RubenRibnik
    people an be a lot of things and not have anything in thir background to tell anyone anything...
  • ★misfit★ 2012/12/06 16:59:15 (edited)
    No
    ★misfit★
    An abuser molests, on average, 15-20 kids before getting caught. Background checks are a good idea, but they're no substitute for vigilance.
  • wilsonmja 2012/12/06 14:05:11
    No
    wilsonmja
    Parents should go with their gut instincts. Most of the time you feel something when you're around somebody like that. Don't ignore that feeling. Who cares if you seem paranoid. Which side do you want to err on?
  • tina 2012/12/06 07:09:35
    No
    tina
    NOOOOO they all need to be shipped to an island with shark infested waters all around it....and left there to abuse only each other!!!!
  • TheBorg 2012/12/06 06:22:44
    No
    TheBorg
    +1
    No, background checks have nothing to do with weeding out abusers, they have to do with litigation and covering your ass from a lawsuit.
  • joe mauro 2012/12/06 05:49:58
    No
    joe mauro
    who they are and how they act is whats important,some people are evil and have no record refrence, john wayne gacey and jerry sandusky.
  • Keegan The Fabulous 2012/12/06 03:08:26
    No
    Keegan The Fabulous
    +2
    That moment when you realize background checks don't work on people who haven't been caught in the past...

    realize background checks work people caught

    That doesn't mean they're unnecessary - just that they shouldn't be the only research you do before you hire someone.
  • tina Keegan ... 2012/12/06 07:11:49
    tina
    INDEEDY!!!! YOU HIT IT RIGHT ON THE BUTTON
  • Bolrog Keegan ... 2012/12/06 11:43:32
    Bolrog
    Since the Vatican Gay fiasco several yrs back we have increasingly come to the conclusion that there is a direct correlation between one deviant behaviour and another...Just like a career criminal doesnt limit himself to one type of crime. If they are gay or lesbian...better look closely at their behavior around children as well. The priests were all "merely" homosexual before they magically transformed into pedophiles with their former homosexual label being substituted for the more libelous label of Child molesting pedophile. How convenient for the homosexuals of the world to deny the seedy side of their unnatuaral perversions. vatican rounds up all homosexual priests and pedophiles
  • sneekyfoot 2012/12/06 01:08:15
    Yes
    sneekyfoot
    We gotta have bad guys so that we might know what a good guy is .
  • rhoan74 2012/12/06 00:32:04
    No
    rhoan74
    As easy as the internet has made it to get useful information quickly, it has also made it very easy for predators to find victims.
  • baboula 2012/12/05 23:56:56
    No
    baboula
    +1
    Though it would be nice, there is no aura emmanated
  • Ashley - Rose 2012/12/05 23:55:39
    No
    Ashley - Rose
    WHAT! It's not like they committed a crime...
  • jere.chievres 2012/12/05 22:18:58
  • Tylurr 2012/12/05 21:28:35
    No
    Tylurr
    +3
    While they NEED background checks, they also need other methods to determine them.

    ...But really, Boy Scouts? That's almost as bad as the Catholic Church protecting their pedo priests.
    Pedo boy scouts
  • Bolrog Tylurr 2012/12/06 11:45:35
    Bolrog
    I agree.
    Since the Vatican Gay fiasco several yrs back we have increasingly come to the conclusion that there is a direct correlation between one deviant behaviour and another...Just like a career criminal doesnt limit himself to one type of crime. If they are gay or lesbian...better look closely at their behavior around children as well. The priests were all "merely" homosexual before they magically transformed into pedophiles with their former homosexual label being substituted for the more libelous label of Child molesting pedophile. How convenient for the homosexuals of the world to deny the seedy side of their unnatuaral perversions.
  • Tylurr Bolrog 2012/12/06 22:59:45
    Tylurr
    Ehm.

    I wouldn't blame it on gays for the sole reason that straight people rape others as well. If it was delegated to ONLY gay people, that'd be one thing.

    The true irony is that they condemn homosexuality right up until (And sometimes right after) they get caught with their pants down...Quite literally.
  • Bolrog Tylurr 2012/12/07 15:38:58
    Bolrog
    If there is a correlation it shold be studied and used as a background checking tool. Until we are sure that homosexuality does not lead to latent pedophilia; i say we dont take the chance with our children. Keep em out of schools and daycare and other children related positions such as youth pastors.
  • Tylurr Bolrog 2012/12/07 18:41:48
    Tylurr
    I disagree, to be honest. Straight people rape others as often as gays, and if that were the only case, if someone really wanted to molest children, they'd pretend to be straight.

    But, to each their own.
  • legalamericanwoman 2012/12/05 19:42:05
    No
    legalamericanwoman
    +1
    If background checks were enough.. we would not have a new god telling us all what to do. http://www.washingtontimes.co...
  • legalam... legalam... 2012/12/17 02:03:10
  • legalam... legalam... 2012/12/17 02:04:07
    legalamericanwoman
    and , yet again, who is Harrison J. Bounel? Anyone? Any democrats? Any republicans? Any independents? Anyone at all?
  • legalam... legalam... 2012/12/17 02:06:00
    legalamericanwoman
    Think about all the laws being formed about this sort of thing by our own elected mostly male government lawmakers.
  • Thomas G Towns 2012/12/05 17:32:23
    No
    Thomas G Towns
    +3
    These predators should be arrested and castrated.
  • BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0 2012/12/05 16:00:03
    Yes
    BlunderWoman ~ FTGOP~ BN 0
    +1
    Darn it. I meant to click "no", but I do believe that the BSA should do background checks. It won't catch them all, but it may weed some out.
  • Katherine 2012/12/05 15:24:37
    Yes
    Katherine
    Crap, clicked the wrong one..... Well I read that they did screen but ignored it because it might put a blemish or something......

    I'm going to have to say something, though, that NO BODY will like. It's the culture. Notice this is happening in schools, Churches, Boy Scouts, with parents, friends of the family, etc? I'm sure someone will take a two-year study and show how the stats are going down. I've never heard so much trash in the news. Almost a pandemic.

    No one wants to get rid of the open deviance, so I guess do background checks, have good communication with the kids, keep an eye out of unusual behavior. Perhaps keep kids in groups or something?
  • Herbtheman 2012/12/05 14:44:18
    No
    Herbtheman
    +1
    They should just be put down problem solved.
  • santa6642 2012/12/05 13:59:19
    No
    santa6642
    +2
    Need something else to weed these people out and i am a loss to what.

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