Control of Sex Offenses

December 15, 1949

Report Outline
Public Demand for Better Protection of Children
Sex Crime and the Sex Criminal
Legal Control of Sex Offenders
Lines of Action to Curb Sex Crimes
Special Focus

Public Demand for Better Protection of Children

Recent Killings of small children after criminal attacks have shocked the American people and brought strong public demands for more effective action against sex offenders. The need of better protections for children was stressed, Nov. 18, in an outspoken statement on sex crime by John Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The sex criminal has replaced the kidnapper as a threat to the peace of mind of the parents of America,” Hoover said. “The time has come to call a halt.

… It is better to prevent brutal assaults than to later launch widespread manhunts.”

Children are the victims of a high proportion of sex offenses other than those which culminate in slayings. A recent study of sex cases in New York City over a ten-year period showed that one-third of the female victims and two-thirds of the male victims were less than 15 years of age. Over one hundred of them had not reached their seventh birthdays. In Washington, D. C, in 1948, over two-thirds of the rapes and attempted rapes were on girls under 18 years of age.

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