Thursday, August 2, 2012
The child safety zombies
"I know I shouldn't stoop to this level, but it's hard sometimes. And I'd like to believe that they are zombie-ish because they really do, or want to believe what they are saying or believing. I can understand how taking someone's word on a Facebook commenting board or Disqus discussion - regardless of the facts they present - might be difficult for some. Even if there are links to studies. Studies that I and other advocates did not "create". Studies and findings that are the result of university, state and federal governments.
However, I would imagine it difficult for even the most dedicated, hardcore zombie to ignore the words of real, live child safety advocates - those who actually have devoted their lives to working with real children, in real circumstances, and promoting policies that truly help them.
Unfortunately, it's usually the more wealthy "charities" - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Klaas Kids, and proponents of laws named after children or teens who were brutally killed that get the most press. But with notoriety comes increased scrutiny. For example:
Ernie Allen, CEO of NCMEC, admitted under oath in December 2009 to the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission that the center had fabricated statistics about the number of children actually "missing." (He also makes over $1.3 million a year, as of 2009.)"