Her pink hair ribbons ...
His stuffed teddy bear ...
Their photos with gap-toothed grins ...
Her red jelly shoes ...
His baseball ...
All in their rooms ...
All the things they loved ...
Before they were Abducted!
Each year almost 1.8 million children are reported missing.Some are found and returned, others return home on their own. some children are never found.
When a child is reported missing it devastates their family. When people hear about kids in their community reported as being abducted or even the attempted kidnapping of a child it hurts!
Children can be kidnapped by strangers, by a family member or a caregiver. The most common form of kidnapping is when the kidnapper is a parent or guardian, and where most victims are not physically harmed. The Internet has become the "electronic stranger" whereby victims, usually teens, are lured into meeting with someone they've met on the Internet.
The FBI has initiated a program called Innocent Images to deal with Internet-related crimes including kidnapping.
Each FBI office throughout the country has two Special Agents assigned to investigate crimes against children. The FBI has assigned a Supervisory Special Agent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which has established a web site for information concerning criminal acts again"st children at http://www.missingkids.com or you can phone
If you suspect a kidnapping has occurred, please contact your local police department immediately. They will be the first to respond to a possible kidnapping, when the first 24-48 hours after the person is missing are so crucial.
Sadly, many missing children are missing at the hands of pedophiles. Pedophiles are sexually attracted to children, mostly in their adolescence. Pedophiles always look for opportunities to be near and around children.
By teaching children how to defend themselves, you acknowledge that you will not always be around to protect them. Handle this delicately - especially with younger children. One way is to tell kids that by learning these skills, they're a part of a safety team in the family and neighborhood. This makes them feel they're doing their part as members of a team of people who care about them. Refer to stories of kids in the newspaper and on TV, who saved the lives of siblings or friends or neighbors by knowing how to call 9-1-1.
Not everyone agrees on self-defense programs for kids - feeling that some children might try to beat up an adult aggressor. They question whether a child fighting to get away could provoke a kidnapper to more violence. Parents should stress that getting away and calling for help are the children's primary defenses. While karate or other martial arts may help develop physical strength and self-confidence, make sure that your children do not overestimate their abilities.
It's impossible to give children rules for every possible danger. Focus on a few simple skills.
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