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Tuesday, June 02, 2009

It will never happen to me. Oh Really?



It will never happen to me.


How many of us watch the evening news and see a Missing Child or Adult Alert.


OK everyone.



Our hearts go out to the families and we hope for a happy ending. If it isn't resolved quickly we then start ripping apart the family of the poor missing person. "How could they let a child that age out of their sight?" or "They knew the person has mental problems why didn't they take away their keys?" Yeah hind sight is 20/20 but let's get real here. What if this were your family, would hind sight be anything to you now? Is it helpful?



Everyone thinks well this will never happen to me or my family, you couldn't be more wrong.



Every 41 seconds someone in this country is abducted. Maybe it was your neighbour taking their son/daughter because they don't have custody, your sister went to the store to get smokes and never came home because her ex grabbed her off the street and drove away, your brother stopped on the freeway to help a fellow driver with car trouble and now his car sits abandoned, someone came in the window and took your child while you were reading this post. It CAN happen to anyone, even you!



What have you done today to prepare for it? Family ID/DNA kits are one thing you can control in this world. Many organizations offer free ID kits you can send for or print out. I personally have instructions on how to make my own at home out of regular household items. And in this economy the make your own DNA kits are priceless.



No, none of my family has gone missing or been abducted so you ask why do i care? Because I know it can happen! And God forbid it does I have the important information I need ready. I thank God everyday I have my family and then I pray for those who don't.



Don't wait for this to happen to you, because it can. Talk to your family about safety.



Set up secret words for when someone other than you picks your child up from school or playground.



Explain about wrong touching and when to tell someone.



Look up Sex Offenders in your neighbourhood, know their faces and addresses. Make sure your child stays away.



If you can't meet or take your child to the bus stop set up a buddy system with another parent you know and trust to watch your child and do the same for them.



Make ID/DNA Kits and keep them updated. Share the instructions with other parents, teachers and the community.



Here is your hind sight...will you use it?

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8 Comments:

  • At Thursday, June 04, 2009 5:30:00 PM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    From Facebook:

    Beverly Johnson at 8:28am June 4

    I just read this and want to say that the only way to reduce the number of parental abductions is to urge our lawmakers to change the laws. Severe penalties for aiding the abductors. WE must also educate law enforcement that this is a crime. There is no warrant out for Mystic's abductors because the DA here insists that a father who abandoned his ... Read Morechild before she was born who reappears and abducts her after a judge has issued a custody order in favor of the (essentially) foster parents is only execising his "rights" as a parent. Someone out there with Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, or some other sevice club, I challenge you to take on this education piece.

     
  • At Thursday, June 04, 2009 5:31:00 PM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    From Facebook:

    MissingJessie Foster at 1:02am June 4

    I know I never thought it would happen to one of my kids...but it did....

     
  • At Saturday, October 03, 2009 9:36:00 PM, Blogger MADELINE said…

    This is so true. Never thought this would happen to me, it did and it is devastating. I saw missing on TV thinking how awful. But I really didn't understand the pain those left behind go through until IT HAPPENED TO ME!!

     
  • At Saturday, October 03, 2009 11:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Where did you get the stat that claims "every 41 seconds someone in this country is abducted"?

     
  • At Sunday, October 04, 2009 12:22:00 AM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children NCMEC.

     
  • At Sunday, October 04, 2009 8:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can you post the exact link where it says that? I am very interested in this.

     
  • At Sunday, October 04, 2009 9:57:00 PM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    How many missing children are there?

    The problem of missing children is complex and multifaceted. There are different types of missing children including family abductions; endangered runaways; non-family abductions; and lost, injured, or otherwise missing children. When the public hears of a missing child case, it is generally involving one of the estimated 115 child victims of the most serious, long-term non-family abduction called “stereotypical kidnappings”.

    The best national estimates for the number of missing children are from incidence studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. To date two such studies have been completed.

    The first National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART-1) was released in 1990, and the second, known as NISMART-2, was released in October 2002. According to NISMART-2 research, which studied the year 1999, an estimated 797,500 children were reported missing; 58,200 children were abducted by nonfamily members; 115 children were the victims of the most serious, long-term nonfamily abductions called “stereotypical kidnappings”; and 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.

    [Andrea J. Sedlak, David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Dana J. Schultz. U.S. Department of Justice. "National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview" in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 5.]

    Missing Children Statistics


    “…A child goes missing every 40 seconds in the U.S, over 2,100 per day

    In excess of 800,000 children are reported missing each year

    Another 500,000 go missing without ever being reported…”

    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/PageServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=2816

    http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/

     
  • At Sunday, January 27, 2013 4:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If a child goes missing every 40 seconds, pretty soon we'll be plumb out of children.

     

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