National Center For Missing & Exploited Children Reaches Out To Working Parents Through Corporate Doors

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Tuesday, 12 August 2003

Frankel & Company Holds First NCMEC Corporate Employee Workshop In Chicago On August 13th

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) is reaching out to Chicago corporations in hopes of helping employees better protect their children. A first-ever employee workshop is scheduled on August 13 at Noon at the Chicago-based marketing and advertising firm Frankel & Company.

As a free public service, "No Child Should Be At Risk - Prevention Works" workshops will be conducted on-site at each corporate location. Corporations provide the workplace space and NCMEC provides a nationally acclaimed speaker, Major Craig E. Hill of the Leawood Police Department of Kansas and member of NCMEC's Board of Directors. Hill is a true advocate for children and has donated his time and talent to help keep children safer while at home, school, play and on the Internet.

Each one-hour workshop is designed to help teach parents how and why children fall victim to abduction and sex offenders, how to minimize a predator's opportunity, and how to reduce risks as well as providing parents practical rules to live by.

In communities across the country, children fall victim to appalling acts of violence including abduction and sexual exploitation. Through this program, NCMEC is reaching out to the corporate sector to reach large groups of parents, who are concerned about these issues, with prevention education as a free public service. Other cities will follow NCMEC's pilot city, Chicago, based upon demand for the program and available resources.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, children are the most victimized segment of our society. There are approximately 15,000 registered sex offenders in the State of Illinois alone. Eighty-six percent of all such offenses were crimes committed against children age 18 and younger.

"Thinking it won't happen to their kids is exactly what a predator counts on parents thinking," states Nancy McBride, director of prevention education of NCMEC. "We want to raise awareness that child victimization can happen to anyone, anywhere at anytime. The good news is that most crimes can be prevented with education, communication and practicing the skills."

For more information about scheduling an employee prevention workshop, contact Sue Andriola at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (877) 446-2632, Extension 3241.

NCMEC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. NCMEC's congressionally mandated CyberTipline, a reporting mechanism for child sexual exploitation, has handled more than 130,000 leads. Since its establishment in 1984, NCMEC has assisted law enforcement with more than 89,000 missing child cases, resulting in the recovery of more than 73,000 children. For more information about NCMEC and for free copies of child safety information, call its toll-free, 24-hour hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST or order online.

For more information, or to contact National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, see their website at: www.missingkids.org

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