Sexual Assault Study Shows Surprising Results

Sexual Assault Study Shows Suprising Results

New Study Shows Sexual Assault Less Likely in Areas Where Registered Sex-Offenders Live

Are you aware of the registered sex offenders in your neighborhood?

Does knowing there are registered sex offenders living in your area make you more likely to report suspicious activity?

The University of Michigan, along with Princeton University, have just published a study that is contrary to what many would think.

According to an article published this week by the University of Michigan, in areas where more registered sex offender live, there were less reported sex offenses.

The Study

The study was done with data that had been collected by the Baltimore County Police Department. There were years of data on reported crimes from the 1990s through part of 2009.

The study looked at 4,100 confirmed home addresses for the over 1,500 registered sex living in Baltimore County, Maryland.

What They Found

“They found that for every additional sex offender living in a residential area was associated with 7.5 percent fewer sex offenses.”

The study showed when the sex offender’s identity and location are made available to the public, the public is more likely to report sex offenses, suspicious activity, and parents may discuss with their children the need to report sexual abuse.

However, forcible rape and sex offenses against children were exceptions. These findings are also based on reported crimes and not actual crimes.

Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry

Have you ever searched through your neighborhood to see if any neighbors are on the sex offender registry?

If you have never used Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry, you can do so by visiting: Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.

You can search by your area, the name of the offender, the city you live in, or even those offenders who are non-compliant.

When searching, you may notice the classifications of Tier, 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 listed below the name of an offender. These levels of classification describe the offenses that have been committed. According to icrimewatch.net, the following is the breakdown of the listed offenses.

Please note that juvenile offenders are only required to be listed for Tier 3 offenses.

  1. Tier 1 – Offenders are registered for 15 years excluding times of incarceration.
    • Child Sexually Abusive Activity or Material Possession (M.C.L. 750.145c4)
    • Aggravated Indecent Exposure, if the victim is less than 18 years of age (M.C.L. 750.335a3b)
    • Unlawful Imprisonment, if the victim is less than 18 years of age (M.C.L. 750.349b)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree, if the victim is more than 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520e)
    • Assault with Intent to Commit CSC in the Second Degree, if the victim is more than 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520g2)
    • Capturing/Distributing Image of Unclothed Person, if the victim is less than 18 years of age (M.C.L. 750.539j)
    • Any violation of state law or local ordinance that by its nature constitutes a sexual offense against an individual who is less than 18 years of age
    • Any offense committed by a person who was, at the time of the offense, a sexually delinquent person
    • Any offense substantially similar to a listed offense under a law of the United States, any state, or any country or under tribal or military law.
  2. Tier 2- Offenders are register for 25 years excluding times of incarceration.
    • Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child for Immoral Purposes (M.C.L. 750.145a)
    • Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child for Immoral Purposes (prior conviction) (M.C.L. 750.145b)
    • Child Sexually Abusive Activity or Material Producing/Financing (M.C.L. 750.145c2)
    • Child Sexually Abusive Activity or Material Distributing/Promoting (M.C.L. 750.145c3)
    • Use of Internet/Computer System; Prohibited Communication (M.C.L. 750.145d1a)
    • Crime Against Nature or Sodomy, if the victim is less than 18 years of age (M.C.L. 750.158)
    • Gross Indecency Between Male Persons, if the victim is between 13 and 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.338)
    • Gross Indecency Between Female Persons, if the victim is between 13 and 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.338a)
    • Gross Indecency Between Male & Female Persons, if the victim is between 13 and 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.338b)
    • Soliciting, Accosting, or Inviting to Commit Prostitution or Immoral Act, if the victim is less than 18 years of age (M.C.L. 750.448)
    • Pandering (M.C.L. 750.455)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree, if the victim is more than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520c)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree, if the victim is between 13 and 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520e)
    • Assault with Intent to Commit CSC in the Second Degree, if the victim is between 13 and 17 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520g2)
    • Any offense substantially similar to a listed offense under a law of the United States, any state, or any country or under tribal or military law.
  3. Tier 3 – Offenders are registered for life.
    • Gross Indecency Between Male Persons, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.338)
    • Gross Indecency Between Female Persons, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.338a)
    • Gross Indecency Between Male & Female Persons, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.338b)
    • Kidnapping, if the victim is less than 18 years of age (M.C.L. 750.349)
    • Child Kidnapping, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.350)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree (M.C.L. 750.520b)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520c)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 3rd Degree (M.C.L. 750.520d)
    • Criminal Sexual Conduct 4th Degree, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520e)
    • Assault with Intent to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct Involving Sexual Penetration (M.C.L. 750.520g1)
    • Assault with Intent to Commit CSC in the Second Degree, if the victim is less than 13 years of age (M.C.L. 750.520g2)
    • Any offense substantially similar to a listed offense under a law of the United States, any state, or any country or under tribal or military law.

Over to You

If you or someone you know is registered, there may be a way to remove your name from the registry depending of the offense. For more information, please see, How to Remove Your Name from the Sex Offender Registry for more information or contact my office.

If you are not sure what the different degrees of criminal sexual conduct mean? Please see, The Truth About Criminal Sexual Conduct.