I read recently on Church Relevance.com that Vision 20/20 has created a free online sex offender locator’s tool that lets you search for predators within a specific community. The tool not only shows you the location of each registered sex offender in you community but also allows you to learn more about each sex offender including what offences they have committed and a what they look like.
This is a great resource for church security departments who want to be aware of and be able to recognize people who visit their church who have previously been convicted of a crime such as “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years” or “child pornography.”
Sadly, did you know that 16% of boys and 20% of girls are sexually molested before their 18th birthday? It is our responsibility to keep the children safe while attending church. Be aware of what threats may be living just a few blocks away.
Just out of curiosity … does your church or place of employment do any background checks on teachers or staff?