Pam’s Law is named after Pam Lyncher, who was attacked by a convicted rapist and child molester.
In 1990, Pam was working as a real estate agent in Houston. She was preparing to show a house to a prospective buyer when a man named William David Kelley showed up to the house and said he was a house cleaner. Unbeknownst to Lyncher, Kelley was a convicted felon who then tried to sexually assault her.
Pam was able to escape her attacker when her husband, Joe Lyncher, arrived to the house. After her attack, Pam lived in fear for about two years, but was able to overcome her attack and later co-founded Justice For All, a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform the public about the victims of violent crimes.
On October 3, 1996, the Pam Lyncher Sexual Offender Tracking and Identification Act was passed by Congress. The Act established a national database that tracks the location and movement of sexual predators. It also requires a registered sex offender who is changing residence to inform state authorities within ten days of the move.
For more information about Pam’s Law, check out the following websites:
Background on the National Sex Offenders Registry
The Pam Lyncher Act
To see the full act, click here