After conducting complete research, this author has found that society judges sex offenders more unfairly and harshly than they do other criminals. According to the 2002 through 2005 FBI statistics, crimes of a sexual nature are not the most common crimes being committed. Society has become fearful of the sex offender and has not even given any thought to the fact that there are other criminals just as dangerous, if not more dangerous than the sex offender, or that it is not the sex offenders who most often kill our children. This epidemic of fear is brought on by the media. They are presenting biased, one-sided reports and stories that make every sex offender look heinous in the eyes of the public. Lawmakers, who are seeking public approval and ultimately more votes, are creating unfair laws which keep sex offenders behind bars indefinitely.