Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Know Your Neighbors

I know most my neighbors pretty well.
And I like and trust most of them too.

But working for the State's Division of Child and Family Services showed me time and time again, that when it comes to our kids we can never be too safe.

Some Depressing Stats

  • 1 of 5 girls and 1 of 6 boys will be molested before their 18th birthday.
  • 90% of all sexual assaults against children are committed by someone whom the victim knew.
  • The typical sexual predator will assault 117 times before being caught.
  • The re-arrest rate for convicted child molesters is 52%
It kind of makes you feel hopeless right?

Family Watchdog
Their service allows you to view known registered offenders and predators in your area. Knowing who these people are and what they've done provides you with your best defense to protect your family - awareness.

All you have to do is type in your street and zip code, and a map appears with descriptions, photos, addresses and offenses of each individual.

A little knowledge can go a long way.

I live in a very safe and up and coming neighborhood.
And guess what?
We have an offender about 8 houses down.

Get to know your neighbors.

Some of them may not be people you want at your neighborhood BBQ.

Start here.

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