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Old September 29th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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?The recent highly publicized cases of abducted little girls, from California to Philadelphia, seem to suggest that the insidious crime of child abduction and murder is on the rise,? reported Steve Irsay of Court TV in a recent press release to CNN.
With child abductions, abuse, and murders on the rise in the United States, the parents of this current generation need to arm themselves with better information and communication with their children. In fact, the first step, and arguably the most important step, is Knowledge.
Know your neighborhood. There are over 300,000 convicted sex offenders residing in the United States today (reported by the Center of Sex Offender Management). You can find out how many of those are living in your areas by visiting a free, easy to use, convicted sex offender locating and mapping website like FamilyBeacon.com. All you need to do is type in your address or ZIP code to find the convicted offenders living near your home, your children?s schools, your work, your children?s route to school, or even your children?s bus stops.
Communicate with your children. Inform them of the dangers that you know child predators use to lure children close. Emphasize the importance of the common phrase ?don?t talk to strangers?. Many child predators will impersonate police officers, firemen, and other important safety figures. To help prevent an imposter from abducting you child, set up a family safety code word. Teach your children that if the stranger cannot come up with the code word, they should run away from the stranger and scream for help.

Practice, Practice, Practice. Spend time with your children to practice these steps. Role-play with the family code word that you have instituted with your children. Have them practice asking for the code word and run away screaming for help when you do not relay the correct code word back to them.

In no way will this ensure your families safety, but the more you know, the better your chances are that this school season will be a safer one for you and your children.

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Old September 29th, 2006, 03:47 PM   #2
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What Steve Ursay ACTUALLY said:

"The recent highly publicized cases of abducted little girls, from California to Philadelphia, seem to suggest that the insidious crime of child abduction and murder is on the rise. <B>But while the stories have recently dominated cable news coverage and have been splashed across the front pages, the cases of Danielle, Elizabeth and the others remain the exceptions in child abductions</B>, according to researchers and advocates. It's every parent's worst fear: a dangerous stranger snatches their child. <B>However, the vast majority of missing children are not kidnapped at all. </B>They are runaways and throwaways, kids who leave and don't come back or are told not to come back, according to a 1990 study by the U.S. Justice Department. Of the remaining cases that are considered abductions, some 350,000 each year, are committed by family members as part of a custody dispute. <B>In a country with some 59 million children, abductions by a stranger are perhaps the most terrifying of crimes. But they are also the rarest."</B>

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If you want to quote someone, then use the entire quote, not the portion that serves you. I'm tired of the fear mongering that has created an entire generation of frightened children and parents. The media screams about obesity in children. Perhaps it's because we no longer let them leave the house and play. Food for thought, no pun intended.

As for the "convicted" sex offender list, people should be aware that those 300,000 sex offenders include anything and everything. For example, if a 21-year-old man has a consensual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and an angry family brings charges, if convicted, that man is a convicted sex offender. He is of no danger to your small child!

If the statutory law in your area charges nude sunbathing as lewd and/or obscene behavior, if convicted, you must register as a sexual offender.

Those are only two examples of a program that is horribly flawed.
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Old October 1st, 2006, 11:38 PM   #3
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Old April 7th, 2007, 07:17 PM   #4
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Family safety not only means keeping them physically safe, but nutrition, activity, teaching them right from wrong. Or am I wrong?
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