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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rampant Child Sex Abuse In The United States: We Have A Problem




When a mother can't take her 2 year old child to the playground without somebody grabbing her off a swing and trying to sodomize her, we have a problem.


When these 2 cases are only a microscopic drop in the bucket, part of a seemingly nonstop flood of child sex assault and pornography, we have a problem!

As Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chair, House Judiciary Committee, stated this week:
"Much progress has been made over the past few decades in preventing, investigating, and prosecuting child exploitation crimes. But there is still work to be done. The Bureau of Justice Statistics once reported that 67 percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of 18); 34 percent of all victims were under age 12. These statistics are unacceptable and are especially frightening in light of the fact that most child sexual abuse goes unreported. It is for this reason we must remain vigilant in protecting the most vulnerable and innocent victims of crime, our children. As a father and grandfather, I can think of no more important role for law enforcement."
Child sexual abuse is a horrific crime. As U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy said at a House Judiciary Hearing this week:
 "We are united by the inability to get the images out of our heads." 
His voice broke as he said it. And if you watch an earlier clip of Ashton Kutcher testifying before Congress about his efforts to fight child sex trafficking, you will see the same thing.

Why do grown adults cry when they discuss this subject?

Perhaps it is because knowing what we know, seeing what we've seen, we have lost some irrevocable part of our innocence.

And if we, who are adults, break down in tears, what must be happening to the children who daily get victimized?

Please join us in asking law enforcement to act. We need investigations into this immediate, urgent and nonpartisan public safety threat.  And where there is evidence, arrests must occur.

We pray that today's march to the White House is peaceful. Next week (3/25) we gather in Lafayette Park, 11 am.

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