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Megan's Law began because a seven year old girl, Megan Kanka, was brutally raped and murdered by a neighbor who lived just across the street from Megan and her family. Her family didn't know the criminal background of her murderer, and if they had suspected it, they couldn't have accessed a national sex offenders registry. That's because the registry was established until later.
The law, commonly known as Megan's Law, requres all sex offenders to register with their local law enforcement agency. The public can access a list of registered sex offenders, including their names, addresses, and the nature of their offense. This list can be accessed online or requested from a local law enforcement agency.