This may be one of those “the-road-to-Hell” stories. Joe Cadillic sent it along and we are both of the opinion that regardless of any good intentions, this is not a good idea.
Meaghan Ybos reported:
Nearly 70 victims of domestic violence and rape in Memphis are wearing GPS devices thanks to the city’s Sexual Assault Kit Taskforce, according to its monthly progress report published in October.
The GPS devices, which are tracked in real time, “provide an extra measure of safety by alerting victims when alleged perpetrators out on bond come within a certain range of victims who voluntarily wear the device,” taskforce leader Dewanna Smith told me in an October 23 e-mail.
Read more on In Justice Today.
Yeah…. no….. if a victim really wants to wear the device, then I guess that’s their right and decision, assuming that they have been fully informed of how data are collected and stored and what THEIR data may be used for and by whom. But otherwise, this strikes me as a pretty bad idea.
And does the perpetrator get a signal that they have gotten too close to their victim? Does a loud alarm on their monitor start shrieking at them? And if so, could that actually help a perpetrator find their victim if they were looking for them?
There’s too much wrong with this. Joe: jump in with your thoughts, please. I tend to agree with this statement in the story:
“If somebody accused of rape is enough of a risk that a victim would need to wear a safety monitoring device,” said Carrie Goldberg, a New York civil rights attorney and pioneer in the field of sexual privacy, “then perhaps it would make more sense to rethink that [perpetrator’s] being on the streets in the first place.”