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- R.A.D. Systems
The Rape Aggression Defense System is a
program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women, men and
Crimes Against Children
This document from the Office of Victims of Crimes explores the nature of Internet crime and the complex challenges it poses for law enforcement personnel and victim service providers as they work to protect children.
- Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2001
A joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, the report examines crime occurring in school as well as on the way to and from school. The report provides the most current detailed statistical information to inform the Nation on the nature of crime in schools.
- National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview
This Bulletin summarizes findings from the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children NISMART-2 Report presenting statistical profiles of missing children including demographic characteristics and the circumstances of their disappearance.
- When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide
Provides parents with the most current information on, and helpful insights into, what families should do when a child is missing.
- AMECO The Assoication of Missing and Exploited Children's
AMECO is an organization of member agencies in the United
States and Canada who provide services to families with missing and
Member organizations include:
- Amber Alert
Informational brochure describing the America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alert Plan and how to start a plan in your area.
- The National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW)
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW) provides real-time access to public sex
offender data nationwide allowing parents and concerned citizens to search existing public
state and territory sex offender registries with a single Internet search.
- FBI — Sex Offender Registry Websites
The FBI's Crimes Against Children Unit coordinates the development and implementation of the National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW). Find the Sex Offender Website in your state.
- Stopping cyberbullies
Many kids are feeling the sting of online teasing. Bullying has moved beyond the playground and cafeteria. It is now in cyberspace, the world of computer networks, and the problem is growing.
Serves as a national repository of information accessible to the general public, advocacy groups, and
law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provides services nationwide for families
and professionals in the prevention of abducted, endangered, and sexually exploited children.
The mission of Team H.O.P.E. is to assist families with missing children by offering
counsel, resources, empowerment and emotional support from a trained volunteer, who
has had or still has a missing child.
- You're Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment (May 2008)
Presents several stories of child abduction survivors and how they have
grown and developed from their traumatic experiences.This guide, written by
survivors of child abduction, provides information to help other child
abduction survivors cope with their own experiences and begin their journeys
towards a better future. Additionally, this guide contains space where
readers can write down their own thoughts and feelings in response to each
- What About Me? Coping With the Abduction of a Brother or Sister (May
Written by siblings of children who have been abducted, this guide contains
information to help and support children of all ages when their brother or
sister is kidnapped. The guide provides ideas on what children can expect in
terms of the feelings they may experience, the events that may occur from
day to day, and the things they can do to help themselves feel better.
Written in child-friendly language, it is divided into such sections as:
home, family, law enforcement, the media, school and work, and holidays and
anniversaries. In addition, the guide contains activity pages for children
of all ages, including those who are too young to read.
What About Me? - A siblings account (pdf) & What About Me? - A siblings account (flash video)
- When Your Child Is Missing: A Family Survival Guide (May 2004)
Provides parents with the most current information on, and helpful insights
into, what families should do when a child is missing. The first edition of
this Guide was written in 1998 by parents and family members who have
experienced the disappearance of a child. It contains their combined advice
concerning what to expect when a child is missing, what needs to be done,
and where to go for help. It explains the role that various agencies and
organizations play in the search for a missing child and discusses some of
the important issues that need to be considered. The Guide is divided into
seven chapters, each of which is structured to allow information to be found
quickly and easily. Each chapter explains both the short- and long-term
issues and contains a checklist and chapter summary for later reference. A
list of recommended readings and a list of public and private resources
appear at the back of the Guide. This third edition of the Guide was
published in 2004.
- Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping
Guidance is provided on preventing an international parental kidnapping,
stopping a kidnapping in progress, locating a kidnapped or wrongfully
retained child in another country, bringing an abductor to justice,
recovering a kidnapped or wrongfully retained child from another country,
and re-establishing access to a child in another country. A chapter is
devoted to each of the aforementioned topics. The guide provides
descriptions and realistic assessments of the civil and criminal remedies
available in international parental kidnapping cases. It explains applicable
laws and suggests public and private resources that can be used when an
international abduction occurs or is threatened. Practical advice is offered
in overcoming frequently encountered obstacles to the recovery of a child
kidnapped to a foreign country. The guide prepares parents for the legal and
emotional experiences generally associated with international parental
kidnappings. Parents who have been through these experiences share what they
have learned about coping and legal strategies that have helped them deal
with the process of recovering their children. Each chapter begins with a
brief introduction to the topics it covers. This is followed by a list of
frequently asked questions related to the chapter's topics. Each chapter has
a list of key points at the end, with page references for the relevant text.
In addition to parents involved in the risk for or actual parental
kidnappings, this guide is informative for attorneys who have limited
experience in law related to international parental kidnapping. It provides
an overview of the legal remedies available. 17 recommended readings, a
directory of resources, and provisions of the Hague Convention on the Civil
Aspects of International Child Abduction and the protocol for obtaining
assistance under the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction
- Guidelines for Programs
to Reduce Child Victimization:
A Resource for Communities When Choosing a Program to Teach Personal Safety to Children
These guidelines detail the recommendations for National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's (NCMEC) Education Standards Task Force for communities when choosing programs to teach personal safety to children.
- Online Victimization: A Report on the
This national survey of 1501 youth aged 10-17 documented their use of the Internet and their experiences while online including unwanted exposure to sexual solicitation, sexual material and harassment.
- Children As Victims: 1999 National Report Series
The National Report brings together statistics from a variety of sources on a wide array of topics, presenting the information in clear, non technical text enhanced by more than 350 easy-to-read tables, graphs, and maps.
- Keeping Your Kids Drug-Free: A How-To
Guide for Parents and Caregivers
This brochure discusses challenges parents face, how parents can influence their kids, opportunities for starting a discussion and what parents can do and say to keep their children drug-free. It also provides a list of resources for parents and ways for them to get involved in community activities.
- A Safety Net for the
Internet: Protecting Our Children, Daniel Armagh
- Child Safety on the Information Highway
Safety tips for families who elementary school aged children use computer online services.
- A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety
The same advances in computer and telecommunication technology that allow our children to reach out to new sources of knowledge and cultural experiences are also leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and harm by computer-sex offenders. This pamphlet will help you to begin to understand the complexities of on-line child exploitation.
- Cybersafe Kids: A Parents Guide
Just as you wouldn't send children near a busy road without some safety rules, you shouldn't send them onto the information superhighway without rules of the road. The National Crime Prevention Council.
- National Center for Missing Adults
Serves as a national repository of information accessible to the general public, advocacy groups, and law enforcement, medical examiners and coroners
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