California sex offenders can easily be traced using the state’s registry operated by the Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General.
Once you enter into the registry, there are a few options available to you. The simplest way to trace CA sex offenders is by conducting a name-based search (A surname is sufficient to initiate an inquiry). Results include the felon’s personal description, mugshot and known address. You will also find details on the offenses he / she committed, last year of conviction and release date. What is more important is risk assessment. Some offenders will be evaluated according to how dangerous they are to the community.
The registry also enables you to locate an offender by address, city, ZIP Code or County. Names marked with a red Vindicate offenders who have violated their registration duties.
Ways to protect your children from a sexual assault
There are some simple and easy to follow guidelines that are meant to minimize the risk of your children falling victim to a sexual assault.
- Make your children fully understand that they are the sole owners of their body. No one else can touch them apart from their parents.
- Children must be taught that they have the privilege to refuse any undesired touch.
- Always know where your children are. Tell your children to inform you about any place they go to.
- Make sure you are fully familiar with the adults your children spend time with, e.g. the babysitter, your neighbors, other children’s parents, etc. We strongly recommend conducting frequent background checks on people you and your family interact with on a daily basis. There are online databases that will enable you to find out if a person has a criminal history in California.
- Encourage your children to tell everything to you or to your spouse. It can also be an older brother or a sister whom the child trusts.
- Always be attentive to your child. Listen to him or her. Most children who fell victim to a sexual assault will be reluctant to talk about it directly. You will have to figure it out indirectly from their words, gestures and behavior, so learn to listen.
- Pay attention to any changes in your child’s behavior. Assaulted children tend to become either overly introverted or moody. Some children suffer from furious outbursts, have trouble falling asleep, or develop eating disorders. If you have any suspicion that your child has been attacked, turn to professional counseling without any delay.