Runaway children vs. stranger abduction

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Runaway children vs. stranger abduction

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How many children are reported missing in the United States? Every day 2,183 children are reported missing throughout the United States. We need to be careful and break that down. The vast majority of those children are runaway children, followed by parent abductions. Followed by, children that are missing under unusual circumstances. Followed by -- and this is a very small percentage -- stranger abduction. Those are the most critical cases. Those are the children that are taken for long periods of time, usually sexually abused, and often times, murdered.

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Marc Klaas

President, KlaasKids

In the aftermath of the Oct 1, 1993 kidnapping and murder of his 12-year-old daughter Polly, Marc Klaas gave up his lucrative rental car franchise to pursue an aggressive child safety agenda. In announcing the formation of the non-profit KlaasKids Foundation in September, 1994 Mr. Klaas said, “we can give meaning to Polly’s death and create a legacy in her name that will be protective of children for generations to come by pursuing the singular mission of stopping crimes against children.” Through federal and state legislative efforts Mr. Klaas promotes prevention programs for at-risk youth, stronger sentencing for violent criminals and governmental accountability and responsibility. Mr. Klaas travels extensively through the United States facilitating child safety events, encouraging innovative solutions and proven programs that positively impact crime, abuse and neglect that plague children in so many of our communities. He also counsels and advises numerous victim families and families of kidnapped children.

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