Megan's Law

Information On Registered Sex Offenders

A brief history... 1995, a convicted child molester was arrested for the murder and rape of 7 year-old Megan Kanka in a New Jersey suburb. The offender lived right across the street from the Kanka residence, however the Police Department was prohibited from disclosing the presence of this child molester because at the time the law did not allow the release of sex offender information to the public.

As a result of a new law, the California State Office of The Attorney General provides you with access to information on more than 63,000 persons required to register in California as sex offenders. Specific home addresses are displayed on more than 33,500 offenders in the California communities.  Access the website here to check your community.

TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY SAFETY, COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN:
  • Talk openly about the sexual assault of adults and children, men, women, boys, and girls.
  • Understand the issues involved in sexual assault. Know the statistics.
  • Assume preventing sexual assault is everyone's responsibility.
  • Talk to your children about personal safety issues as they relate to child sexual abuse. Do this when you talk to your children about bike safety, crossing the street, or talking to strangers. It is, in many ways, just another personal safety rule about which children need to be aware.
  • Increase your knowledge about risk reduction measures you can take to protect yourself.
  • Invite your local law enforcement, probation/ parole department, rape crisis center, or child abuse prevention organization to a neighborhood discussion group to learn about the issue and to process people's emotions.
  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Organize neighborhood block watches, if desired by your neighbors.
  • Do not wait until you are informed that a sex offender is living nearby to begin educating yourself and family on issues of sexual assault.
  • Find out what the statistics on child sexual abuse, adult sexual assault, offender arrest, and incarceration are in your community.
  • Beware of the media's ability to sensationalize the most horrific of stories concerning the sexual assault of children or adults. These stories, while real and very frightening, are not the norm.