Not One More Child Campaign

Members: Surviving Parents Coalition (SPC) & National Association to

Protect Children (PROTECT)



Feb 07, 2008, 00:00 ET from Surviving Parents Coalition from ,PROTECT

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Surviving Parents
 Coalition (SPC) and National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT)
 launched their "Not One More Child" campaign in Washington, D.C. today,
 Feb. 7, 2008 with a formal event at the National Press Club. The event was
 attended by legislators, law enforcement, and other coalition members. The
 "Not One More Child" campaign website, www.notonemorechild.org was
 introduced, along with a public service announcement focusing on the
 exploding crisis of child exploitation. The groups also released law
 enforcement maps with data showing hundreds of thousands of criminals who
 are currently trafficking in child pornography.
 
     "'Not One More Child' is literally about rescuing children," said Ed
 Smart, parent of Elizabeth, president of the Surviving Parents Coalition
 and member of the "Not One More Child" Alliance. "The campaign is not only
 about child pornography, but about pictures that include perpetrators,
 child victims in crime scenes."
 
     Hundreds of thousands of sexual predators are at-large within the U.S.,
 and law enforcement has the evidence to locate, arrest and prosecute them,
 but officials estimate they are able to investigate less than 2 percent of
 known child exploitation offenders, due to lack of resources, primarily
 personnel. The "Not One More Child" campaign seeks to break stereotypes
 about child pornography, to rally support for immediate federal action, to
 spark a national public outcry of "Not One More Child!" and to rescue
 thousands of children from sexual abuse and torture.
 
     The necessary funding to rescue thousands of children is less than $2
 per child in the U.S. annually. Legislation now before Congress would
 increase funding for law enforcement agencies targeting child exploitation.
 The bill (HR3845/S1738) passed the House late last year and is now before
 the Senate. The "Not One More Child" campaign brings together groups and
 individuals who share a mission to protect children. The coalition formed
 will move the issue off the shelf and onto the public's agenda.
 
     For three years, technology has been available free to law enforcement
 agencies. Using the existing technology, law enforcement can observe
 illegal computer activity and then locate the homes and businesses of
 hundreds of thousands of criminals in the U.S. who are trafficking in
 gruesome images and movies of child rape and torture. Experience shows that
 30 to 50 percent of these criminals have sexually assaulted children.
 Stopping them now will save hundreds of thousands of children from sexual
 assault and exploitation.
 
     About Surviving Parents Coalition and PROTECT
 
     Established in 2007, the Surviving Parents Coalition membership
 includes parents who have endured the abduction and sexual assault of a
 child, as well as parents whose children are still missing. The coalition's
 mission is to empower surviving parents of children who were abducted and
 sexually assaulted to work together and present a unified voice for
 legislation and prevention education that will maximize efforts to stop
 child sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction.
 
     PROTECT, established in 2002, is a grassroots, non-partisan political
 lobbying association. The non-profit organization advocates for
 nonpartisan, pro-child, anti-crime initiatives including legal advocacy for
 child victims, legislative reform and adequate funding for law enforcement
 and child protective services.
 
 
CONTACTS: Ria Davidson Ria Davidson Communications 513/543-1811, Ria@DavidsonPR.com Media Representative for SPC/PROTECT's Media Event and Trip to D.C. during the week of Feb. 4, 2008 Mr. Grier Weeks National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT) 828/230-4836, grierweeks@protect.org

SOURCE Surviving Parents Coalition; PROTECT
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Surviving Parents
 Coalition (SPC) and National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT)
 launched their "Not One More Child" campaign in Washington, D.C. today,
 Feb. 7, 2008 with a formal event at the National Press Club. The event was
 attended by legislators, law enforcement, and other coalition members. The
 "Not One More Child" campaign website, www.notonemorechild.org was
 introduced, along with a public service announcement focusing on the
 exploding crisis of child exploitation. The groups also released law
 enforcement maps with data showing hundreds of thousands of criminals who
 are currently trafficking in child pornography.
 
     "'Not One More Child' is literally about rescuing children," said Ed
 Smart, parent of Elizabeth, president of the Surviving Parents Coalition
 and member of the "Not One More Child" Alliance. "The campaign is not only
 about child pornography, but about pictures that include perpetrators,
 child victims in crime scenes."
 
     Hundreds of thousands of sexual predators are at-large within the U.S.,
 and law enforcement has the evidence to locate, arrest and prosecute them,
 but officials estimate they are able to investigate less than 2 percent of
 known child exploitation offenders, due to lack of resources, primarily
 personnel. The "Not One More Child" campaign seeks to break stereotypes
 about child pornography, to rally support for immediate federal action, to
 spark a national public outcry of "Not One More Child!" and to rescue
 thousands of children from sexual abuse and torture.
 
     The necessary funding to rescue thousands of children is less than $2
 per child in the U.S. annually. Legislation now before Congress would
 increase funding for law enforcement agencies targeting child exploitation.
 The bill (HR3845/S1738) passed the House late last year and is now before
 the Senate. The "Not One More Child" campaign brings together groups and
 individuals who share a mission to protect children. The coalition formed
 will move the issue off the shelf and onto the public's agenda.
 
     For three years, technology has been available free to law enforcement
 agencies. Using the existing technology, law enforcement can observe
 illegal computer activity and then locate the homes and businesses of
 hundreds of thousands of criminals in the U.S. who are trafficking in
 gruesome images and movies of child rape and torture. Experience shows that
 30 to 50 percent of these criminals have sexually assaulted children.
 Stopping them now will save hundreds of thousands of children from sexual
 assault and exploitation.
 
     About Surviving Parents Coalition and PROTECT
 
     Established in 2007, the Surviving Parents Coalition membership
 includes parents who have endured the abduction and sexual assault of a
 child, as well as parents whose children are still missing. The coalition's
 mission is to empower surviving parents of children who were abducted and
 sexually assaulted to work together and present a unified voice for
 legislation and prevention education that will maximize efforts to stop
 child sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction.
 
     PROTECT, established in 2002, is a grassroots, non-partisan political
 lobbying association. The non-profit organization advocates for
 nonpartisan, pro-child, anti-crime initiatives including legal advocacy for
 child victims, legislative reform and adequate funding for law enforcement
 and child protective services.
 
 
CONTACTS: Ria Davidson Ria Davidson Communications 513/543-1811, Ria@DavidsonPR.com Media Representative for SPC/PROTECT's Media Event and Trip to D.C. during the week of Feb. 4, 2008 Mr. Grier Weeks National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT) 828/230-4836, grierweeks@protect.org SOURCE Surviving Parents Coalition; PROTECT