Guard against pae­dos

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

THE re­port, “Pae­dophile places tu­tor­ing ads” (Week­end Ar­gus, July 24) de­scribes how Brian Shofer, a con­victed pae­dophile, claims he is a re­ha­bil­i­tated per­son. As a sex of­fender his name should have ap­peared on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter for Sex Of­fend­ers.

Although he served his sen­tence, he re-of­fended and served jail time again. This in­di­cates his vic­tims were children who were vul­ner­a­ble. In the past, he of­fered to help children and then hurt them.

Par­ents should put all safety mea­sures in place and check ref­er­ences be­fore they al­low any per­son to as­sist or take care of their children. The Na­tional Reg­is­ter for Sex­ual Of­fend­ers is not open to the pub­lic, but only to em­ploy­ers who hire peo­ple to work with children.

I ap­peal to par­ents to ask ques­tions and make 100 per­cent sure your child is in safe hands. Sex­ual abuse has long-term ef­fects and needs holis­tic in­ter­ven­tion.

I urge any em­ployer who works with children to en­sure staff are checked against the reg­is­ter­be­fore be­ing em­ployed.

I also thank the provin­cial Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment for mon­i­tor­ing in the in­ter­ests of our children.

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