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Calder`s Confessions Show 22
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Publish-date-icon September 27, 2011
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A difficult show with some harrowing stories of child abuse and plenty of input from callers.

I decided to do this one to try to get to the bottom of exactly what was going on with C.H.R.I.S ( http://www.chris-uk.org/ ) a website which re-posts newspaper reports in an attempt to name and shame paedophiles and provide a searchable database for parents to check who is at large in their area.

On the face of it, this sounds like a reasonable idea but the site has not only been used to name and shame convicted sex offenders, it has also been used by its owner, Chris Wittwer, to publish pictures and details of those who have dared to question the way the site is funded and run.

Aside from the above issues, the practice of publishing newspaper reports and maintaining an archive of them is extremely questionable as once the offenders are jailed, the occupants of addresses published in these reports are at risk of vigilante attacks. Quite shocking really when its usually the victims of abuse who occupy them rather than the offenders. When I put this to Chris Wittwer, he dismissed it and didn`t seem to grasp the concept.

Have a listen, make your mind up on this one and, please, leave a comment with your opinion on the subject.

Accurate and updated information on the whereabouts of offenders and other information can be gained from a reputable source, the police, under Sarah's Law - for more information please see http://www.sarahslaw.co.uk/


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