Mo. Lawmaker Targets Military Sex Offenders

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (AP) __ Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
wants to bar some sex offenders from being buried in national
Hartzler says her legislation would prevent military veterans
convicted of sexual abuse of children from being buried in
Arlington National Cemetery. It also would bar them from other
national or state veterans’ cemeteries and prevent them from
receiving certain funeral honors.
A spokesman for the U.S. House member says the legislation was
filed Friday and has 38 co-sponsors.
Hartzler, a Republican, says she came up with the idea from a
town hall forum in Osceola where a constituent described how her
father had sexually abused her yet was buried with honor in a
national cemetery. Hartzler is calling the bill the “Hallowed
Grounds Act.”
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  • Vicki

    This leg­is­la­tion was “sup­pos­edly” derived from a con­ver­sa­tion with a lady about her abuse by her father when she was a child. This is apples and oranges. If her father had been pros­e­cuted by the mil­i­tary and dis­hon­or­ably dis­charged as per­sons with sex­ual offenses usu­ally are they would not get bur­ial rights. This is grand­stand­ing as she seeks recog­ni­tion and hopes to move up the lad­der and what bet­ter way to do so than pub­lic hys­te­ria over sex offenders.

    Notice below the per­cent­age of sex­ual abuses that occur within the fam­ily and never get reported. Here are some sta­tis­tics:
    There are over 760,000 reg­is­tered sex offend­ers (men, women & chil­dren) in the U.S. and that num­ber grows daily.

    Research shows that almost half (49%) of youth under age six and 42% of chil­dren ages 6 to 11 were sex­u­ally assaulted by a fam­ily mem­ber. (Jus­tice Pol­icy Insti­tute, Pg 15)

    A study review­ing sex crimes as reported to police revealed that:

    93% of child sex­ual abuse vic­tims knew their abusers
    34.2% were fam­ily mem­bers
    58.7 % were acquain­tances
    Only 7% of the per­pe­tra­tors of child vic­tims were strangers
    40% of sex­ual assaults take place in the victim’s own home
    20% take place in the home of a friend, neigh­bor or rel­a­tive
    (Lynn Uni­ver­sity, Pg 6)

    States can expect to incur sig­nif­i­cant costs as they attempt to imple­ment SORNA, which is Title 1 of the Adam Walsh Act. For exam­ple: If the state of Vir­ginia chose to imple­ment the costs would be over $12,000,000 and the yearly Byrne Fund money they lose if they DON’T imple­ment is $400,000.….what would you decide in these eco­nomic times? (Jus­tice Pol­icy Insti­tute) You can also Google SORNA and look at each state. In Mis­souri $9,000,000 cost 1st year to imple­ment vs. $489,000 lost in fund money. There are over 12,000 reg­is­trants in Mis­souri.
    SORNA will require that more juve­niles be added to the reg­istry as well as those who paid their debt to soci­ety many years ago. Could that be you?
    Some of the offenses that award you the title of sex offender include uri­nat­ing in pub­lic, flash­ing, Romeo & Juliet con­sen­sual sex dat­ing rela­tion­ship, accu­sa­tions by a soon-to-be ex-wife, angry girl­friend, or God-forbid a false accu­sa­tion by a spite­ful stu­dent (as we saw recently and now the teacher has a $125,000 legal bill and his future is ruined), pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, solic­i­ta­tion, pros­ti­tu­tion, as well as the hands-on offenses and vio­lent offenses we most often hear about which dri­ves pub­lic hys­te­ria. Pre­pu­bes­cent and teen pornog­ra­phy is big busi­ness. There are over 5 mil­lion images and videos of child/teen pornog­ra­phy trans­mit­ted each day and it’s not com­ing from reg­is­tered sex offend­ers. It is big busi­ness but, they seem to only be able to catch the folks that look at it instead of the pro­duc­ers and par­ents who make it.

    Reform Sex Offender Laws
    Mis­souri Cit­i­zens for Reform

  • Lance Martinez

    “It is time for a change. American history tells us prosperity always comes from freedom, not from assaults on freedom. When people bring home the fruits of their labor, it’s theirs. We decide how much government we can afford. The government doesn’t decide how big it should be and then take what it wants. It is time for a change in Washington. We deserve better.” I quote Congresswoman, Vicky Hartzler.

    Please take note that the aforementioned quote is not practiced in Congresswomam, Vicky Hartler’s quote. She is in contradiction to her statement.

    Men and women who have served this country in the US military in many cases have done so in time of war, as well as, in peace time. Their primary duty is to maintain and protect all US citizens rights to their personal freedoms, civil liberties and above all fairness in justice. This is not the case with Congresswoman, Vicky Hartzler’s, proposed HALLOWED GROUNDS ACT legislation.

    Regardless of any crime where justice has been served, penalty paid and the offender afterwards obeys the laws of this land; he or she has met their obligation to the state and society and many still have the right to vote, Vicky.

    This ongoing assault on their personal right to freedom, civil liberties and justice is not served by instituting laws that punish even upon their deaths long after their punishment has been satisfied.

    A veteran has earned by their honorable discharge the right to be buried in a national cemetery for serving his or her country.

    To even think that Missouri Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and her 38 supporters, are no doubt looking for a political platform, can unconscionably propose such audacious legislation is ultimately absurd. This legislative proposal is an affront to our men and women who have legitimately served this country; is an affront to our constitution and an affront to natural law.

    Your legislation is cruel, unusual and retroactive. It is my opinion that the true shame in this proposed legislation is upon Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and her supporters.

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