Saturday, August 6, 2011

Not Happy, Not Happy At All

So I was doing some research for my script I'm working on. At its most basic level, the script involves a man who gets vengeance on a kidnapper who molested his child. Out of curiosity, I decided to see how many sex offenders live near me. I checked out the website Family Watchdog.

I was shocked.

A bunch of little green and yellow dots popped up all over the map of my zipcode. I'm thinking that all these green and yellow dots had harmed kids. It was inconceivable to me. There are literally dozens of these dots. I started clicking on them and got the photos and addresses of men and women who had raped, sodomized, and abused people. Five of these offenders live within about a mile of me. Three of those five within half a mile. One of those three lives literally two blocks away.

I figured out that a yellow dot means a rape. But the other green dots seem to be a smorgasbord of convictions for various sex-related charges. Finally I found the legend. None of the dots are red in my zipcode. Red dots mean that the convictions were sex crimes committed against children. Thank God for no red dots!

But then I got to thinking about it. While there may not be child molesters in my vicinity, I'm still surrounded by rapists, abusers, and sodomists. Yikes!