So, case in point: California Gov. Schwarzenager signed "Chelsea's Law" yesterday which is intended to protect children from violent sex offenders. Yay, yippee, krunkitola, whatever. I mean, it's kids and who doesn't want to support a law that protects kids, right? So, fast forward to this morning and I read this article in ESPN mag about an NFL-hopeful who is a registered sex offender and can't get picked up by any NFL teams. Yay, yippee, serves the scumbag right? Right? So, fast forward to 4 this afternoon and a deputy clerk at the local courthouse is informing a woman, who has come in to apply for an order of protection from the father of her children, who has kidnapped them and beaten her noticeably black and blue in the process, that the sheriff's office closes at 4:30 and so she has to come back in the morning to get any help. !?! (Delete the next three paragraphs of rant about just how idiotic this statment is).
Let me just say that it's not that there isn't already a law in place that would protect this woman and her children. The problem is that it is apparently okey dokey to treat domestic violence like it's 9 to 5 problem. Like it's something that is NOT important enough to require public servants to work past 4:30 to ensure that kids are not terrorized indefinitely or, very likely, taken never to be seen again. WTH!
So, all I have to say is, WTF good is another law on the books? We've got lots of good laws on the books. What we don't seem to have is common sense or the ability or willingness to break free of the herd to think beyond the convenient rhetoric and enforce the damn things in a compassionate and meaningful way.
So battered mom goes another night not knowing where her kids are or if they're okay. The NFL hopeful/registered sex offender may be a victim himself - a victim of the law that was intended to protect kids but, at least in his case, was applied to him when he was just a kid himself - and rapists and pedophiles continue to be released after serving a few years on one excuse or another, only to rape and kill again, (think Chelsea, Jaycee, literally thousands of others) regardless of any number of excellent laws on the books.
I can't make any sense of this. I just know that I'm sick of people talking about caring, but not actually caring