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USA FAIR Demands Laura Ahearn of Parents for Megan's Law Retract NAMBLA Smear

USA FAIR Demands Laura Ahearn of Parents for Megan's Law Retract NAMBLA Smear, Says Comments Demonstrate Ahearn's Lack of Objectivity

February 19, 2013 - USA FAIR, Inc. (Families Advocating an Intelligent Registry) today demanded that Laura Ahearn, Executive Director of Parents for Megan's Law, immediately retract a statement she made to "Riverhead Local" reporter Denise Civiletti that Shana Rowan, USA FAIR's Executive Director, is a member of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA).  The accusation was made in an article published Friday, February 15th regarding the recent $2.7 million sole-sourced contract awarded by Suffolk County to Parents For Megan's Law to help monitor the more than 1,000 former sex offenders residing in the county.

When asked to respond to USA FAIR's concerns about the propriety of a private victims’ advocacy group being granted quasi-policing authority and its lack of law enforcement or sex offender management experience, Ahearn responded that Rowan was "part of NAMBLA."  When Ahearn was asked for proof, she responded, "Just search her name on the Internet."

"The allegation that I am an advocate for man-boy love would be laughable, if it weren't so slanderous.  I have never been part of NAMBLA.  I find pedophilia to be repulsive and I have always supported age of consent laws.  For Ms. Ahearn to take an accusation made on an anonymous hate-site on the web and repeat it without any independent verification only underscores why USA FAIR believes she is unqualified to administer the Suffolk County contract.  Monitoring former offenders requires objectivity and placing a high value on evidence, neither of which Ms. Ahern has demonstrated by her unfounded personal attack," said Rowan.

"Rather than respond to our legitimate concerns about Parents for Megan's Law's qualifications to have been awarded this contract, Ms. Ahearn chose to repeat a lie about me and to tell a half-truth about my fiancé, stating that he "raped a six year old child".  Yes, his offense did involve a six year old child, but Ms. Ahearn conveniently left out that he was 12 at the time and also the victim of sexual abuse. To Laura Ahearn, context does not matter if it fails to serve her cause," concluded Rowan.

Rowan became active in sex offender law reform when she became engaged to a longtime friend she first met in high school who is on the registry.

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Larry Levine March 02, 2013 at 06:56 PM
The following is an excerpt from Marc Klaas' article, "The Re-Victimization of Innocents: Criminal Justice Run Amok!." Shana Rowan is the Executive Director of USA FAIR, a non-profit organization she founded that is dedicated to defending the indefensible: registered sex offenders. According to her official biography, Shana’s passion for registered sex offenders is personal and very close to her heart. She is engaged to marry a registered sex offender named Geoff. His support gave Shana the strength she needed to leave a long-term abusive relationship. Now his past is making it impossible for them to move on with their lives. In her biography Ms. Rowan recounts his criminal behavior and portrays her fiancé as the true victim and she totally dismisses the very young half-sister that he serially abused. She argues that she and Geoff are victims of bad policy, and that sex offender registration and community notification laws (Megan’s Law) punish hundreds of thousands for crimes that a very small percentage of people might commit. She forgets that each and every person on the sex offender registration list has been convicted of, not committed as there is a vast distinction, at least one sex crime, almost always against a child or a woman. Citing studies that demonstrate that sex offenders have a very low recidivism rate Ms. Rowan ignores the best known study of all....read the rest of the article at http://klaaskids.org/blog/?p=1012
Valerie Parkhurst March 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM
The California chapter of the"" Reform Sex Offender Laws organization"""RSOL will have its first Orange County meeting later this month in Buena Park. The national organization attributes much of its growth to the late Tom Reeves, a founding member of the ""North American Man/Boy Love Association"" NAMBLA. Reeves, who also went by "Alex Marbury", died of heart failure on Feb. 19. He was 72 years old. Shana Writes: I have agreed to be the Facebook page admin and "manager" for the"" NY chapter of RSOL!""" I am very excited and have some ideas, although I am sure that there is a lot I haven't thought of, either. I just created it a little while ago, and plan to really get going on it tomorrow (right now it's just the logo and basic information). Do I hear a duck quackin Shana????
Valerie Parkhurst March 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM
as I have previously written a hundred times Your boyfiend must be the only sexually violent offender who the state WAITED to Prosecute from the age of twelve until he was an adult for his crime??? Jesus Shana do you actually think the public is that stupid?
Valerie Parkhurst April 19, 2013 at 09:22 AM
amazing a bunch of convicts and or their pillow partners demanding an apology from a group of Victims??
Valerie Parkhurst June 08, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Shana Rowan is a Liar and a fraud . She constantly quotes false re-offend rates and out of date statistics by less than partial parties. The truth is, there is no one definitive study that nails true recidivism rates. Recidivism is based wholly on the "preferences of the offender" and the opportunities that are open to the offender. Even the therapist will admit that this area of expertise is still in the stone age and "containment" is the only sure way to lower victim counts. Shana Rowan thinks if she repeats something often enough and loud enough it will become fact. Shana Rowan is a threat to America's Families everywhere. She is a self serving activist for no other reason than the guy she chooses to "bang" is classified as a sexually violent offender with his victim being only 6 years old. She can attempt to paint a pink bow around the freaks who commit these crimes all she wants, the daily headlines of offenders using our citizens as a sexual buffet table indicate otherwise. Shana Rowan's time would be better spent "Talking these freaks down" from their crimes, not attempting to minimize them.

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