FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MISSING & EXPLOITED CHILDREN WILL BE HOSTING TAKE 25 EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN’S DAY
OMAHA, NEBRASKA, MAY 2013 – The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), in partnership with the Douglas County Sheriffs Office will be observing National Missing Children’s Day this year by participating in the national Take 25 child safety campaign. Child education activities will be held at Omaha and Elkhorn Public Schools just before summer vacations begins.
May 25 has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first observed in 1983. National Missing Children’s Day serves as an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing and stresses the importance of making child protection a national priority. The Take 25 campaign is a national child safety public awareness campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign begins on May 1 and continues through May 25 every year in communities throughout the country.
“We know that teaching children about safety works. Community events play an important role in helping parents understand how they can help save a child’s life,” said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of NCMEC. “We are very grateful to our local partners who share our interest in keeping children safe. They play an important role in raising public awareness in communities throughout America.”
Sheriff Tim Dunning has committed the personnel and resources for what will be his agency’s second year. “Talking to the younger school-aged children is just one of the many initiatives employed by the sheriff’s office to reduce victimization by predators,” reported Sheriff Dunning.
Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members, for which the primary motive is sexual. Each year, 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Teaching children about safety works. It saves lives.
About the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1984. It is the leading nonprofit organization that deals with the issues of missing children and sexual exploitation of children. It operates the national toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-
THE-LOST, as well as the CyberTipline which is the national system for reporting suspected sexual exploitation of children. To learn more about NCMEC or to make a donation, visit www.missingkids.com or call 1-800-THE-LOST.
For More Information Contact: Deputy Jay Wingler at 402-444-6173