To all my friends and family, (Everything in read is written directly by Mari)
Hundreds of thousands of children are victims of sexual abuse each year. Due to the sheer lack of resources, law enforcement is unable to follow up on the majority of leads they have. Thousands of these crimes are being committed on infants, toddlers and young children everyday on webcams, and pictures that are being traded back and forth on the internet. Crimes that as parents we cannot even fathom. I can't even stress to you the magnitude of horriffic things that are being done to babies for sick men's pleasure on the internet. There are even guides for teaching each other the best methods. I know this is hard to read, but on September 22, Congress is going to end their current session for a break, and by writing and calling your senator in your state you can help get this new legislation passed BEFORE they go on break. There are thousands of children out there suffering right now, they can't wait to be saved until Congress' next session. Please, please, please use the sample letter I have below and copy and paste it to your senators and congressmen. And don't forget to send this message to everyone in your address book, friends, family, business contacts, everyone. This is not some silly forward, this is serious and needs every American's support. The exact bill is number 1738.
The PROTECT Our Children Act will:
Authorize over $320 million over the next five years in desperately needed funding for law enforcement to investigate child exploitation.
Mandate that child rescue be a top priority for law enforcement receiving federal funding.
Allocate funds for high-tech computer software that can track down Internet predators. Act Now!Your U.S. senators will be voting on the bill soon, so it is crucial you contact them immediately.Go to www.senate.gov to find contact information for the senators in your state. Search for your senator by name or state by clicking on the arrow from either dropdown menu. Contact information is provided here. To send an e-mail, click on "Web Form" below his or her name, and e-mail your letter to make a difference! Call Your SenatorsIf you choose to contact your senators by phone, be sure to tell them, "Vote yes on Senate Bill 1738—The PROTECT Our Children Act."Write to Your SenatorsIf you choose to write a letter, fax, telegram or e-mail, you may use the following sample letter—and modify it how you see fit.Dear Senator:I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.(Your name here)