Dear Future radKIDS Instructor,
Always from the heart
Time to “Get Smart in Washington”
Elizabeth Smart held a press conference on the steps of Utah’s Capitol Building, addressing President Obama’s comments over the weekend regarding the Penn State child abuse scandal. Obama addressed that it is to be every persons “number one priority” to protect children.
Smart emphasized the importance of empowering children with education and tools that will help to protect them in dangerous situations through the radKIDS program. Smart also challenged that if the nation’s top priority is to protect children, Obama and Congress and government officials should ensure that resources for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces are fully funded. Smart also asked President Obama, Congress and government officials to declare a State of Emergency and dedicate all resources available to rescuing children who are being sexually abused, raped and exploited. In response, Smart received tremendous support from the media and fellow child safety advocates.
On many occasions the focus of these cases quickly moves from the abused child, to the protection and financial integrity and reputation of the institution or system. The continual support from society especially parents, teachers, community leaders and government officials is critical in resolving child safety issues. Giving our children the gift of safety education and empowering them to stop predators is priceless.
SALT LAKE CITY TRIBUNE
Elizabeth makes a passionate plea to allow schools funding for programs such as radKIDS. “I commend our president for taking a stance and ask all of America to take to heart his counsel,” Smart said. “The very best way to protect our kids is to empower them …” Read the article here.
THE DESERET NEWS
Elizabeth makes a courageous call to action stating that Obama needs to “put his money where his mouth is,” regarding his comment about each individual making child safety their “number one priority.” Read the article here.
THE DAILY HERALD
This scandal emphasizes the need for people to report crimes against children instead of looking the other way. “Too often, she said, people decide to ignore abused children because it’s difficult for them to understand why it has happened, or they convince themselves that somebody else will report it.” Read the article here.
Elizabeth takes action upon hearing the news of the Penn State Scandal. “It makes me feel terrible any time I hear about a child being abused,” said Smart. She calls on President Obama to declare “a national emergency” to rescue children who are victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Read the article here.
Elizabeth Smart responded to President Obama’s comments over the weekend regarding the Penn State scandal at the Utah Capitol Building this afternoon. Obama’s statements detailed that people’s “number one priority has to be protecting our kids” and that the allegations against Sandusky should motivate the nation collectively to do “some soul-searching.” He encouraged every individual to “take responsibility for making sure our kids are protected.”
In today’s press conference, Smart emphasized the importance of empowering children with education and tools that will help to protect them in dangerous situations through the radKIDS program. Smart also asked President Obama, Congress and government officials to declare a State of Emergency and dedicate all resources available to rescuing children who are being sexually abused, raped and exploited.
We have tremendous compassion for the child sex abuse victims involved with the Penn State scandal and others –even those being held and tortured by child pornographers– throughout our country and even the world.
We believe the developments of the past week are an important wake-up call. We as a country and our president and elected officials need to take drastic and immediate action to truly make protecting our children our No. 1 priority.
Goals of the Crimes Against Children Conference:
Providing Professionals the Instruction, Information and Strategies They Need to Protect Child Victims and Prosecute their Offenders.
A nationally and internationally-recognized conference for professionals from the fields of law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, social work, children’s advocacy, therapy, and medicine who work directly with child victims of crime.
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Julie Townsend, network spokeswoman, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Elizabeth can provide viewers with a unique perspective.
“We think she’ll help our viewers better understand missing persons stories,” Townsend said in a telephone call. “This is someone with the perspective to know what a family experiences when a loved one goes missing.”
Here is what Elizabeth had to say about this opportunity: “I am looking at all the different options and trying to decide where I can make the biggest difference, where I can have the biggest effect for good,”
Elizabeth will go on air with Good Morning America on July 14 to further discuss her goals in this role as well as the creation of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.
The goal of the Crimes Against Children Conference is to provide practical instruction, using current information, the newest ideas and most successful intervention strategies, to those professionals responsible for combating the many and varied forms of crimes against children.
Over 20 years ago, the Crimes Against Children Conference started with just 50 attendees. That year, 2 speakers – Brian Killacky and Ken Lanning – provided training to this small group of law enforcement professionals.
Conference faculty has now surpassed 200 with an unmatched variety of workshops presented each year. In addition to traditional topics in the field of crimes against children, we have added 7 unique tracks of computer lab training for those professionals working on internet-related crimes against children.
During the years since its beginnings, the Crimes Against Children Conference has established a reputation among professionals for high-quality training and great networking opportunities.
Join us for the 23rd Annual Crimes Against Children Conference – August 8 – 11, 2011 at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.
Since 1988, professionals involved in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of crimes against children have been coming in growing numbers to receive training at this premiere conference. We continue to see record attendance each year with 2010 setting an all-time high of nearly 3,500 participants.