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SA victim of child-sex abuse says authorities should publicly release photos of paroled paedophiles

A child-sex abuse survivor wants a photograph of her tormentor now he has been released from jail on parole — but authorities have refused, citing his right to privacy.
“Jean” — not her real name — was repeatedly abused as a child by Raymond Edward Barnard.
Now he is free she wants to both avoid him and warn the public of his “evil nature”.
She told The Advertiser that, by refusing her request for a recent photo of Barnard, authorities were prioritising criminals over abuse survivors and potential future victims.
Jean said laws allowing for offenders to be identified online if they breached their release conditions should be extended to all sex-crime parolees.
“This isn’t about revenge, and I’m now old enough to protect myself,” she said.
“This is about protecting potential future victims, and I think the community deserves to know who these people are.”
In 2011, the District Court jailed Barnard for a minimum of 18 months despite an offending history dating back to 1957 and a doctor’s warning he still posed “a significant risk to children”.
He had been charged with having committed 13 sex crimes against Jean, between 1979 and 1982, but pleaded guilty to two counts in a plea bargain deal.
The court ruled Barnard, then 77, was at risk of becoming institutionalised were he jailed for a longer period, adding his paedophilia was “in remission”.
Jean said that, when the Department for Correctional Services informed her of Barnard’s parole, she asked to be provided with a recent photograph of him.
“They said no because it ‘has to do with confidentiality’, so I called the police and spoke to the lady who assisted me in court,” she said.
“She told me it’s the law, not so much to protect him as to protect me and the community if we come across him — meaning vigilante action.
“I disagree, and I think it’s wrong for them to protect him — the community deserves to know what he looks like so we can be protected.”
In March, SA Police announced it would operate a publicly-accessible online register of convicted child-sex offenders accused of breaching their release conditions.
Jean said that database should be expanded to include all paroled offenders.
“In the US, you’re allowed to know where they’re living, and I think there should be similar provisions here,” she said.
“Whether they are in their 70s and 80s or much younger, these offenders get out and have access to more children in the community or through their computers.
“We’ve got to do everything we can to protect potential future victims and, if we don’t stand up for this, it will be swept under the carpet.”
Attorney-General John Rau would not be drawn on whether he would expand the law.
“Under laws we introduced last year the police commissioner has the power to publish personal information about child-sex offenders, including a photograph, on the commissioner’s website if the offender is in breach of their reporting conditions,” he said.


www.adelaidenow.com.au (19-5-2014)
Sean Fewster
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/sa-victim-of-childsex-abuse-says-authorities-should-publicly-release-photos-of-paroled-paedophiles/story-fni6uo1m-1226921999367



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No justice for being killed as person

Jean had hoped that seeing her tormentor jailed would bring about the end of her personal 30-year sentence.
Molested by Raymond Edward Barnard when she was just seven, Jean - not her real name - has spent three decades struggling with eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and trust issues.
Yesterday she watched in outrage as the District Court made Barnard eligible for release in just 18 months because of his poor heath and risk of becoming institutionalised.
The sentence crushed Jean's dreams of a new beginning and shook her faith in the justice system.
"It feels like a slap in the face, like all this time has been wasted," she told The Advertiser outside court.
"I'm always going to feel like I'm the one who has been in prison, right up until the day I die.
"What he did to me has given me a life sentence - why should he get away with having killed the person I could have become?"
Barnard, 77, of Ferryden Park, struck a plea bargain with prosecutors under which he confessed to two of 13 child sex offence charges.
He admitted twice abusing Jean, while visiting her home, between 1979 and 1982.
Barnard's criminal history dates back to 1957, when he indecently assaulted a child, and includes offences in the late 1980s.
The paedophile also spent 33 years in Glenside Hospital for mental health issues.
In sentencing yesterday, Judge Paul Rice said doctors believed Barnard's paedophilia "was in remission".
However, they had warned he still posed "a significant risk to children" without counselling and treatment.
Judge Rice said a long jail term would be especially harsh.
He said it would worsen Barnard's mobility issues and depression, while heightening the risk of institutionalisation.
He imposed a jail term of five years and four months, and made Barnard eligible for parole in May 2013.
Outside court, Jean said that was "not justice".
"I can find no comfort in him going to jail for 18 months ... that seems like he's been rewarded for what he has done to me," she said. "I don't care how frail he is, he's still a danger to children.
"He's got his hands, he's got his mind and he's always going to be a paedophile, no matter what."


www.adelaidenow.com.au (9-12-2011)
http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/no-justice-for-being-killed-as-person/story-e6frea83-1226217666126







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