CURRENT LEGISLATION THAT I AM CARRYING TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE
SB 194 - This bill will require convicted felony child pornographers to be listed on the online Megan’s Law Database. Currently this bill is in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
SB 590 - This bill will expand the funding of California’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. This bill has been absorbed into the 2007-08 Budget by Governor Schwarzenegger.
SCR 8 - This resolution names the month of April 2007 as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The resolution was signed into law, without any opposition, on April 30, 2007.
|The Internet has proven a useful tool for pedophiles and sexual predators as they distribute child pornography, engage in sexually explicit conversations with children, and seek victims in chat rooms. The more pornography these individuals access, the higher the risk of their acting out what they see, including sexual assault, rape, and child molestation.
Offenders who served time for sexual assault were 7.5 times as likely as those convicted of other crimes to be rearrested for a new sexual assault. Approximately 8 percent of 2,214 rapists released from prisons in 11 states in 1983 were rearrested for a new rape within three years, compared to approximately 1 percent of released prisoners who served time for robbery or assault.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN (PROTECT)
PROTECT is a national pro-child, anti-crime membership association. They are founded on the belief that our first and most sacred obligation as parents, citizens, and members of the human species is the protection of children from harm. They are committed to building a powerful, nonpartisan force for the protection of children from abuse, exploitation and neglect. They believe that this must be done through a determined single-issue focus, a meaningful mainstream agenda and the use of proven modern political strategies. www.protect.org
“What a great partner I have found in the National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT), a non-partisan group dedicated to the protection of children from abuse, exploitation, and neglect. I want you to know about them and I want you to get involved.” -Jim Battin (Flash Report)
I got to know PROTECT almost four years ago when they sponsored my SB 33 - the bill that successfully closed the incest loophole in California. Up until that point in California, if you sexually molested a child under 16 years of age, you went to prison for 6 to 16 years. UNLESS the child was your own, or your stepchild, or even if you had a "famial" relationship - THEN you could get probation, and even were reunified with your victim (meaning daddy came home to molest again). An insane law if there ever was one.” -- Jim Battin (Flash Report)
"We owe Senator Jim Battin and his staff a deep debt of gratitude and respect," Grier Weeks also said. "We know that they are remembering today just why they entered public service."
Protect's CALIFORNIA Action Center
What is AMBER ALERT?
Amber Alert empowers law enforcement, the media and the public to combat abduction by sending out immediate, up-to-date information that aids in the child's safe recovery.
The Amber Alert Program has helped in successfully recovering over one hundred children since it was established statewide in California on July 31, 2002.
History of AMBER ALERT
The AMBER ALERT Program originated in Texas in 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted and murdered. Texas organized a system that encouraged law enforcement agencies to alert the media following a confirmed child abduction.
California introduced the AMBER ALERT concept in 1999 as a regional program. In 2002 it was adopted statewide after legislation established procedures to assist law enforcement.
AMBER ALERT Guidelines
• May be activated only by law enforcement agencies.
• Is intended only for the most serious, time-critical child abduction cases.
• Is not intended for cases involving runaways or parental abduction, except in life-threatening situations.
Criteria for activating an AMBER ALERT
Law enforcement agencies ensure these conditions are met before activating an AMBER ALERT:
• The investigating law enforcement agency confirms an abduction has occurred.
• The victim is 17 years of age or younger, or has a proven mental or physical disability.
• The victim is in imminent danger of serious injury or death.
• There is information available that, if provided to the public, could assist in the child's safe recovery.
Resources and links:
California Highway Patrol’s Amber Alert
National Amber Alert
In 1995, a convicted child molester was arrested for the murder and rape of 7 year-old Megan Kanka in a New Jersey suburb. The offender lived across the street from the Kanka residence. The Police Department was prohibited from disclosing the presence of the child molester because at the time, the law did not allow the release of the sex offender information to the public.
The law was changed to permit the release of this information to the public and on May 8, 1996, President Clinton signed the law, dubbed "Megan's Law" in remembrance of little Megan Kanka. The California State Legislature signed California's version of Megan's Law into effect on September 25, 1996. This law was implemented to allow potential victims to protect themselves and allow parents to protect their children.
Resources and links
California Megan’s Law
These numbers are shocking. In 83% of child pornography, the children are between 6 and 12 years of age and 80% of the images are of an innocent child being raped by an adult twice their size. An appalling 21% of the photos and videos show children that are gagged, bound, blindfolded or otherwise enduring sadistic sex. Only 1% of child pornography is the simple nude child.
ADDITIONAL WEBSITES AND RESOURCES TO HELP KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE
Riverside County Sheriff Department
Crime Victims United of California’s (CVUC)
Perverted Justice - Anti-predator organization
Children’s Online Protection Act of 1998
Prevent Child Abuse America
ProtectKids.com - Parent and child friendly website for both to learn about keeping our children safe.
National Center for Missing Children - Allows you to view recent Amber Alerts, report the sighting of a suspect, inform the public how to get involved in keeping our children safe, as well as provide resources for law enforcement.
National Crime Prevention Council
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Myspace.com Safety Tips for Parents