Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Raising Awareness on Child Abductions

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All too often we hear about it on the news. Child abduction is a parent’s worst nightmare. But did you know child abduction by a parent or family member is a crime?

In California, where child abduction is prevalent, an average of 5 children a day are reported as victims of family abduction. While "stranger danger" is an important tool to teach children, they may actually face greater risks from people they know, and even those closest to them. Studies show there are approximately 115 stereotypical kidnappings by strangers each year in the U.S., but over 200,000 family abductions. To make matters worse, law enforcement isn't always notified when children may be in danger. In fact, less than a 1/3 of all victims of parental abductions are reported as missing children.

In an effort to raise awareness on just how common family abduction is and the importance of getting involved, a public service announcement (PSA) has been released. This PSA offers a unique look at the living nightmare a parent faces every day that they are away from their children. Learn more about family abduction and how you can make a difference in the life of a child.

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