Tuesday, September 16, 2008

This is VERY important and quite easy, why wouldn't we?

***If you don't want to read a serious topic right now, stop.***
***If you want to help with a serious topic (and you easily can), read on.***

Well this is another serious topic. I saw just a little bit of Oprah today and she had 3 girls on her show who had sadly been molested by their neighborhood friend's dad. It was another example similar to others I've heard of where the parents and the kids knew the sexual predator well and still had no idea to steer clear. The only reason these girls found out (because he had drugged them) was because they were contacted by police saying these girls were some of hundreds or thousands that this man had posted online. (I'm sorry, like I said this is serious, but there is something simple we can do about it to help). There are thousands of sexual predators out there, who choose local victims and victims far away through Internet communication. There are so many that the number is overwhelming and hard to control through government agencies at this point. In order to catch more of these predators, the Protect Our Children Act/S. 1738, Biden-Hatch is going through Senate soon. As described on Oprah.com, this act will:
-"Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
-Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
-Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators.

So the easy part that we need to do is write our senators to put pressure on them to pass this act. Doesn't sound very easy? - It actually is, because Oprah provided all of the information through her website, along with a letter you can copy and paste and everything so that you know the correct wording for passing the Protect Our Children Act.

Here are the instructions (all you'll have to do is go to a couple of these links I'll show you and copy and paste this letter -or write one if you want [I added a paragraph to mine] and email it through the Senate link below):

Go to Oprah.com, specifically http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20080911_tows_predators
Here you will see the letter to copy and paste, as well as the link to www.senate.gov/ that will help you find your senators and their email links.
Lucky for you who are fellow Arizonans, I am providing you with both links to directly email Senator Jon Kyl & Senator John McCain (I sent it to both b/c I assume John McCain is a little busy right now). Here are those Senator email form links:


I haven't emailed or posted about something like this before, but I just think there is only so much we can do to protect our children from sexual predators right now, and when it comes to predators who can make you trust them and befriend them, it seems like a helpless situation. But with this act, they could be caught (because many who are predators of local children are also predators online and can be tracked). So I don't know why anyone wouldn't want this act passed.

Now, all you have to do is DO IT!! It's easy. Just follow my instructions above, or the instructions on http://www.oprah.com/article/oprahshow/20080911_tows_predators

Thank you!!! The more of us that send this, the more our senators will know how serious we are about this topic, and the need to improve this situation.


Janalee said...

Ok, I just sent one. - And I never do stuff like this.

Breanne said...

I never do either. Thanks Jana!

Sara said...

I only did something like this once, but it wasn't for anything nearly as important. Thanks for making it so easy!

Larry and Karri said...

I just sent this as well. It's not the first time I've contacted my senators about this stuff though. :)

It's disgusting what's happening to kids these days. Whenever I look at my sweet little baby boy I can't imagine anyone wanting to harm such sweet innocent children with such horrible stuff. It's sad how so many people seem to think pornography is okay - that it doesn't affect others - but in reality not only does it ruin their own lives and the lives of their loved ones, but it spreads and mutates into other perverted forms into what we have now... effectively strangling the healthy relationships that society is already struggling to to keep. I feel so fortunate to know that there's a much better plan out there that can ensure our happiness, and that no matter what happens there's always hope.

Breanne said...

Yeah, I agree with you Karri - all of it. And I've wondered/wished the same thing: if society would just see the link between pornography and pushed sexuality in the media, they would also want to do something about decreasing those areas so that these predators would be less tempted as well, aside from many other benefits it would create to reduce these home-intrusive media/internet forms.