When I put this curriculum together for the South Florida schools, I was deeply concerned about children we work with and the sex predators near schools. I did several in-services with schools and one school had a sex predator right next door! The law states they are to be so many feet away from the school. The teachers were surprised because they saw this person frequently and now they were more aware plus reporting him to the police. The in-service was so informative that the directors wanted parents to be made aware. I feel that I need to share thoughts about this area to you! Just take a look at the statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice:
- 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
- 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
- 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
- 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. These crimes involve someone the child does not know or a slight acquaintance who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently. 56% of these children were recovered alive and 40% were killed.
- Nearly 4 in 10 imprisoned violent sex offenders reported that their victims were 12 or younger.
- Two-thirds of the sentenced sex offenders in state prisons were convicted of offenses against children.
- 85 to 90 percent of missing persons were juveniles.
There are just too many missing and abducted children and sex offenders.
The National Alert Registry Nation-Wide database shows over 1,000,000 registered sex offenders in the United States.
The chances that a child will be a victim of a sexual predator is 1 in 3 and found in the Pedophiles database
You need to protect children at your school, your family and friends by identifying those sexual predators in your area before they strike.
So, where are our children? Why are so many missing? Are you aware of how many missing children there are in your STATE? Are you aware of how many unsolved child murders there are in your STATE? Are you aware of how many known sex offenders there are on parole in your CITY and neighborhood? Check out your area: http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/registry
Children are especially prone to being sexually abused because children are easily controlled in sexual situations.
There are various types of predators out there and they all work differently towards their prey! Part 2 next week!