D.C.’s Megan’s Law, meant to protect children from convicted child molestersliving in their neighborhoods, may have the unintended consequence ofexposing more kids to the trauma of having to recount their alleged abuse inthe courtroom.

The newly beefed up law calls for persons convicted of sexual crimes toregister with D.C. officials and, in some cases, have their names, photos,and addresses broadcast over the Internet. It also gives the police theauthority to hand out fliers or to contact employers about offenders deemedespecially dangerous.

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