By Brandi Galbreath
The war on children has been an ongoing war for some time now, a war that often seems impossible to win.
I believe it’s going to take education and continual emphasis on the problem in order to effectively prepare for and engage in this war and ultimately to be victorious.
Educating the masses about the seriousness of the threat against our children can sometimes be a slow process. But, in order to take successful action, we must educate ourselves and even more importantly, our children about the existing and growing dangers of this very real war being waged against our children. And this is happening right here in America, in our cities, our towns and possibly even in our own neighborhoods.
We need to gain insight as to exactly how this war is being waged in order to become better equipped to stand against it. We cannot do battle against tactics when we are unaware of their existence and we cannot be successful against those tactics unless we prepare a defense against them. It’s often been said, “The best defense is offense.” And our offense needs to begin with education.
Missing children often fall into one of the following categories: runaways, lost or “thrown away,” family abductions and non-family abductions. According to the National Center of Exploited and Missing Children, there are an estimated 800,000 children younger than 18 reported missing every year. More than 200,000 are taken by family members, more than 58,000 by non-family members and on the average 115 are reported as stranger abductions. So, what can we do about this growing problem? How can we significantly bring that number down?
With the advancement in technology and a social media-driven society, the war on children can be fought and I believe ultimately won, but it’s going to take us working and strategizing together to seek out effective solutions. We need to search and utilize educational resources and raise our voices for those without a voice. We need to keep the spotlight shining on this national epidemic in hopes that, more publicity will lead to more solved cases and greater closure for many families. There are many Web sites engineered in the cause of missing children with helpful information and tips for parents and families, child safety and prevention and victim and family support.
So my challenge is – what are YOU going to do to help lower these statistics? How will you become part of the solution to this growing problem? You may be saying to yourself, “It’s not my child so why should I bother?” But what if it was your child or a loved one? Wouldn’t you want the help of others in searching for and hopefully finding your child?
Get actively involved for the sake of our missing and exploited children. This is not just a law enforcement issue but one that impacts society as a whole. One child is one too many and doing nothing is really not an option for anyone with a conscience and/or a heart for children.
The Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke once said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
So with that my friends, the question remains, what are you going to do?