- Most molesters prefer easy targets.
- Pedophiles groom children, focusing on children who lack involved and caring adults in their lives. Predators reside in families, neighborhoods, church communities and schools. All adults have a responsibility to protect our children.
- Experts note that child sex offenders often seek work where they have access to children—schools, youth groups, music activities. Offenders are also frequently well-regarded by children and parents, because they seem so warm and nurturing.
- Ask your School Board if your school district checks the backgrounds of all school employees, including custodians, bus drivers, and volunteers. Remember—a background check is no guarantee.
- Sex Offenders in our Schools. Washington State’s Superintendent of Public Instruction maintains a database of licensed teachers with complaints about sexual misconduct and another about teachers accused of looking at internet pornography. The database includes a summary of the complaint and of the findings. This information is available through a public records request.
- The most common characteristic of pedophiles and child molesters is their use of hard-core and child pornography.
- Many released sex offenders have had sexual contact with dozens of children, and many are under no agency supervision. All adults have a responsibility to create safe environments for our children, and keep abuse from happening to them.
- The Sex Offender Registry may not be adequate in terms of protecting the public. Violent sex offenders and those who are a high risk to re-offend must be more easily identified, such as requiring yellow/black license plates for them.
- If you are being (or have been) sexually abused by anyone,
find one person you trust, and tell them. The child rape epidemic in
our country will never end until we are all willing to put our uncles,
brothers, husbands, fathers, teachers, coaches, etc. in jail for
sexually abusing children.
- Carefully screen anyone who volunteers to spend time alone with your child. Let such an individual know that you are likely to check on your child at any time.
- Ask local government to give law enforcement greater resources to make sex trafficking a high priority.
- Help get homeless women and youth off the streets.
- Ask school to teach the legal consequences of
illicit sex — consequences for both youth and adults, for incest, rape,
the age of consensual sex, molesting a child, sending/receiving nude
pictures over the internet, etc.
- Determine if there is a known sex offender living near your home, by viewing the list of Washington offenders at http://waspc.org.
Explain to your children that if anyone from that household tries to
contact you or make friends with you, your children must tell you. This
site includes photos and descriptions of area sex offenders. Level 3
sex offenders are those that are considered most likely to re-offend.
- Prosecute sex predators and traffickers to the fullest extent.
Compare the penalty and supervision for sex offenders in different
states, and encourage our legislators to impose the highest penalties on
those who prey on children.
- Learn what other States are doing.
- Texas recently proposed that sex offenders who are twice convicted of raping children under 14 get the death penalty.
- Connecticut recently proposed that sex offenders be required to register
any e-mail addresses, instant message addresses, or other Internet
identifiers with the state police; and those who do not report the
information would face up to 5 years in prison. They also wanted to
make it a felony for any person to misrepresent his or her age on the
Internet to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity.
- In some states, showing up to have sex with a minor after soliciting them online is a felony. The group at http://PervertedJustice.com
will set up decoys and do sting operations. They are an online
watchdog group which catches internet sex predators and exposes them.
They go into chat rooms and pose as 12-15 year-olds home alone and
interested in having sex.
- President Barack H. Obama, January 16, 2013
"And so what we should be thinking about, is our responsibility to care for (children), and shield them from harm, and give them the tools they need to grow up, and do everything that they're capable of doing. This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change.
"…we must do something to protect our communities and our kids…We have to examine ourselves in our hearts, and ask yourselves what is important? This will not happen, unless the American people demand it. If parents and teachers, police officers, and pastors, if hunters and sportsman, if responsible gun owners, if
Americans of every background stand up and say, enough. We've suffered
too much pain, and care too much about our children to allow this to
continue, then change will -- change will come.
"Along with our freedom to live our lives as we will, comes an obligation to allow others to do the same. We don't live in isolation. We live in a society, a government for and by the people. We are responsible for each other.
"…when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now,
for Grace, for the 25 other innocent children and devoted educators who
had so much left to give; for the men and women in big cities and small
towns who fall victims to senseless violence each and every day; for all the Americans who are counting on us to keep them safe from harm.
"Let's do the right thing. Let's do the right thing for (our children) and for this country that we love so much."
of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre which took the lives of 20
children and 6 adults, President Obama announced his anti-gun violence
plan to curb such violence, and to protect our children.)
- Report Child Abuse. If you
have concerns about the safety of a child, and believe a child is at
immediate risk of severe harm or death, please call 911. Law
enforcement has the authority to shelter a child. That is what they do,
and what they are paid to do. Child abuse is a top priority in
Spokane. Please call--do not let fear paralyze you. To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call:
363-3333 Child Protective Services (Spokane County),
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m./M-F,
or (800) 562-5624 after 4:30 p.m. and weekends.
456-2233 Crime Check
838-6596 Crosswalk (teens)
838-4428 First Call for Help (Spokane Mental Health)
624-7273 SAFeT Response Center
327-5111 Secret Witness (PO Box 1205, Spokane, WA 99210)
477-2240 Sheriff’s Office
(800) 422-4453 The National Child Abuse Hotline: (1-800-4-A-CHILD)
242-8477 Tip-Line. Anonymous Spokane Police Dept. phone line to report any crime 535-3155 Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery(866) 363-4276 Washington State's DSHS
that is NOT an Emergency (abuse, domestic violence, gang activity, possible
drug activity, fraud, theft)
Call: (509) 242-TIPS. An officer will call back to verify the information
forward the complaint to the appropriate department within 24 hours; however,
after the person has reported and verified the complaint, the caller can remain
(Dept. of Social and Health Services)
Internet Safety 101
Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families
Learn about pornography, Sexting, Predators, Social media dangers, Online gaming, Cyberbullying, and more.