Make your own free website on Tripod.com
CASPER

Why We Are Here

Home
Most Recent Coverage
Why We Are Here
In the News
Contact Us
Kids Area
Links

Connecting on a personal level is an important part of sharing our ideas. On this page we'll present some details about our organization and the people behind it.

petitiondrive_t180.jpg

Sisters Missi Pfeifer, left, and Kelli Duncan walk the streets in the Pairie Park neighborhood, trying to collect signatures on a petition to keep a child predator, Leroy Hendricks, from moving to Lawrence.

petition_t180.jpg

Charlotte Hastings, left, Lawrence, collects Lizz Conley's signature near Ninth and Massachusetts streets. Hastings and her mother, Keri Collins, pictured in background at left, solicited signatures Tuesday from people downtown in an effort to keep convicted sexual predator Leroy Hendricks and others like him from moving to town.

onlookers_t180.jpg

From left, Leavenworth County Commissioner Gerald Oroke and Charlotte Hastings and Missy Pfeifer, both of Lawrence, watch the court hearing on the proposed group home in Leavenworth County.

Charlotte

Mother of four, Grandmother of nine. After a call from my oldest daughter, to read an article in the Lawrence journal world. About a sexual predator transitional housing facility, opening in Lawrence Kansas. I decided I was fed up with allowing issues pertaining to sexual predators, to go unopposed.  I wrote a letter to the editor, protesting the facility in any town anywhere in a residential area. Then with the help and support of my daughters.  Ideas from all of us started to come together. A petition protesting the facility, was written and we began our efforts to get signatures. We will take the petition to the governor in July of 2005. We now have the support of our representatives and they assure us there will be a bill on the floor of the house next session, to control where these housing facilities can be. We will also address the laws in Kansas, that registered sex offenders cannot live in locations close to where children congregate. Schools, Churches, Parks etc. A 2000 foot rule is what we want.

 

Keri
 We are a concerned family, four mothers, (a grandmother and three sisters) who are worried that the futures of our children are being threatened. It is not just our children. It is every child everywhere. It just happens that it is happening here in Lawrence now.

 

We are not targeting every sex offender there is in Lawrence, only the “sexual predator” and the facilities, which would transition them back into society. If they are in Lawrence, where do you think they will live upon completion of their supervised care?  It would most likely be Lawrence.

 

Everybody deserves a second chance, but a sexual predator has already used up his chances. So why do we give them more rights than we do our children? A pedophile that has been deemed a sexual predator deserves no rights.

 

How many things can we say that 1 in 4 are affected by? Some statistics say 1 in 3 have been sexually abused or molested. Unfortunately the longer it goes on, the more likely that the victim will become the perpetrator, because no one protected them.  It has reached epidemic proportions.  It’s everywhere.  It needs to be stopped.

 

Our prison systems are full of people whose life of crime was started because their own self worth as ruined by sexual predators.  What did we do for them, when their rights were violated so early in life? Maybe we should protect them before it happens?

 

We have to take a stand. We have to say we do not want it here.  If we just sit quietly it grows.  It’s not just Lawrence, It’s Kansas, It’s Florida, It’s California, It’s Idaho, and It’s the USA.  We all need to stand up and say NO MORE!  But Lawrence is where we live and we don’t want it here.

 

Lawrence Community Innkeepers does a lot of good things.   We as a community can be proud of the work that they do with the mentally challenged.  They can house and help plenty of aged criminals that need physical care.  We just don’t want it to be sexual predators.

Community Provisional Living has chosen for it to be sexual predators with disabilities. A pedophile should not be able to hide behind a mental disability and be put on our streets.

 

So what do we do with them?  I am not going to pretend to have all the answers.  Maybe separate housing on existing prison grounds?  Maybe abandoned ghost towns, where they can all keep one another? Ultimately, it needs to be stricter sentencing and treatment, initially instead of after the fact. I think that the patterned behavior could more easily be corrected on the first offense not the second. Lifetime monitoring is good.  We plan to try to tackle this issue. The laws should be stricter before hand, like Florida just did. Sexual offenders and predators need to be kept away from schools, parks, libraries and any other place children congregate.  Many states already have this in place, but not Kansas.  These are all issues that need rectified.

 

These are issues that we are working on.

 

Kelli
 
 
Missi

 My reason for getting involved was anger. I just couldn’t sit back and watch, while the organizations involved created a housing program that would make my hometown a dumping ground for sexual predators. I am a mother of three boys, and it is my responsibility to protect them from these vile human beings. I say the moment these individuals make the decision to harm a child they should lose their right to be apart of our community. It is up to us to stand up and say "We will not allow you to put sexual predator transitional housing any where in our neighborhoods." We decided to start the petition, and things just snowballed from there. We were definitely not the only ones who felt strongly about this subject. The support we received was very heartening. Now it is time to get the attention of those who are so willing to trade our children’s safety for the all mighty buck. Our judicial system needs to be much harder on the sentencing of sexual predators. The punishment should fit the crime! Last but not least we need to change the laws about where these repulsive people will end up if by chance they do serve their time, and then have to register as a sexual predator. Kansas needs to change how close they can live to places children congregate.

It is all up to us to stand up and let our collective voices Shout "NOT IN OUR TOWN!!!!!!!"