While sexual assaults of minors may not make the national news very often, minors in rural areas are frequently sexually assaulted, according to Professor Daniel Pollock. Pollock's recent article "Sexual assault of minors in rural areas: The role of departments of human services." Two such cases have made the local news in the Traverse City, Michigan area in the past two weeks. Thus, the question about how many minors in other rural communities are affected resonates with me.
Megan’s Law, adopted in 1996, created a nationwide sex offender registry. The law prohibits registered sex offenders from residing within 2,000 feet of a school or park and requires registration with local police authorities and notification of past victims of the offender’s presence in the neighborhood. This, Pollock states, is not enough protection for children living in rural areas.