TRUE or FALSE. Kidnapping committed by a family member is considered child endangerment.
 a. True
 b. False
 




 
“The hardest thing to deal with was that my father had led me to feel that my mother was somehow dangerous to me. He couldn’t get over his feelings about the divorce and let them go, and dragged me into his problems and tried to make me feel guilty about wanting a normal life that included a mom.” 
-- Sarah Cecile, Take Root Member
abducted at age 4
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StopFamilyAbductionsNow.org is a campaign from the Polly Klaas Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that makes America safe for all children. There are lots of ways you can get involved...

  1. TAKE ACTION
    Keep more kids safe with their families by making sure that your state has passed the UCCJEA law to enforce family abduction prevention across state lines.
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  3. SEND A LETTER TO YOUR EDITOR
    Let your community know you how critical it is to pass the Family Abduction Prevention Act of 2004 - read our sample letter, edit it, and send to the editor of your local paper.
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Sample letter to the editor

The following is a sample letter you can submit to your local newspaper to encourage your Congressional representatives to support the new family abduction legislation. Remember to include the name of your state’s Senators and House Representatives.

You can submit the letter to the newspaper’s editorial staff as it is, but chances for publication are even better if it is in response to a recent article or editorial in the paper. If there was coverage or commentary on the new legislation or a recent family abduction, begin the letter referring to that coverage.

If you submit a letter, please let us know. Thanks, and best of luck!


Dear Editor:

Your readers may be surprised to learn that 78 percent of all child abductions are perpetrated not by strangers but by family members. So while we tend to hear only about high-profile stranger abduction cases, 559 children a day are kidnapped by relatives.

The young victims of this most intimate form of kidnapping suffer a lifetime of trauma as a result. We must do all that we can to prevent this form of child endangerment. A new bi-partisan bill introduced in Congress will help. The Family Abduction Prevention Act of 2004 would allocate federal funding to assist local law enforcement agencies in their efforts to investigate and extradite family abductors. It’s a natural extension to last year’s Amber Alert legislation to protect our kids.

For years domestic violence wasn’t taken seriously as a crime because it happened “among family.” Let’s not make the same mistake with family abductions. [CONGRESSIONAL REP] should support this bill.

 


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