Derryn Hinch to walk 180km for sex offender register
ONE in three girls and one in six boys will experience sexual abuse before they reach their 18th birthday.
One in five women and one in 20 men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
On May 17, media personality Derryn Hinch will begin his 'Jail to Justice Walk' in Victoria, starting from the jail in which he served a 50-day sentence in January for revealing details of Jill Meagher's killer.
"The 180km walk over 10 days will also include walking down the road where Jill Meagher was killed," Mr Hinch said.
"It will not only highlight a petition for a national public register of convicted sex offenders which has (over 112,000) signatures but it's also a tribute to families of victims like the Morcombes.
"People can join me along the way and I'm hoping in the last kilometre I'll present a petition to the Victorian premier and Bruce Morcombe will join in the last little bit of walking."
Mr Hinch has pushed for the national public register for years.
''Unlike Megan's Law in the United States, communities have no knowledge as to who they are or where they are. A public register is a right and a national duty that is long overdue," he has been quoted as saying.
He is hopeful the walk will put the issue into the spotlight to make Australia a safer place to live with sex offenders behind bars.
"I just hope it'll keep the judges' and magistrates' and politicians' feet to the fire to know we're still here.
"I haven't seen such a public reaction to what (Brett Peter) Cowan did before he killed Daniel. He should never have been out."
Sign the petition at www.gopetition.com/petitions/protect-our-children3.html or find the link via http://www.humanheadline.com.au
We are looking at following Derryn's Jail to Justice Walk when it kicks off in a fortnight, and we would like to hear from our readers who are planning on taking part or have an opinion on the national public sex offenders register.
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