Today MySpace announced that it had removed 90,000 sex offenders from its site over the past two years. About 75 million Americans (half of whom are over the age of 35) have MySpace accounts.
While that works out to 1 in 800 members, these are names only from the U.S. database of registered sex offenders and does not include others around the world who may have nefarious inclinations.
This is probably just the tip of the iceberg. It also begs the question of just how much sexual abuse is hidden – unreported, buried behind closed doors. I would hazard a guess that the actual number is closer to ten times the number of convicted predators.
Sexual predation has been around forever, but before the Internet it was hard to fathom just how big the problem really was. With those numbers and the speed with which they are disseminated we now know it’s in every town, everywhere.
Teach your kids to be on guard.