A couple of select quotes:
"As with most crime and violence, children are exposed to the greatest risk either because of family members or their own choices"
"oft-spread claims that that 800,000 children are reported missing each year—with 300,000 children estimated to be sexually trafficked—are outdated or simply wrong"
"Of all children reported missing (whether the estimate or based on reports), 99.8% were returned home or located"
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She writes: "We realize that Madeleine's abduction has been hard for every parent to bear. It has brought home to everyone how vulnerable our children are and how fragile out lives."
No, Kate, but nice try.
Rather Madeleine's suspicious 'disappearance' has flagged up the huge scale of the problem of child abuse. Which is so often covered up and hidden. And which very often happens at the hands of the child's parents, wider family and friends and people who know the child. In other words, people who the child should be able to trust. This is what makes it such a heinous crime.
It is such a terrible abuse of power. Those who should be looking after the child's best interests are doing quite the opposite.
And, as Kate writes in her book: "The majority of completed child abductions are parental/family abductions, with 16 per cent involving abduction by a stranger."
In fact, so rare is abduction by a stranger that in the USA, a country with a large population, there are only 115 cases of 'stereotypical' (stranger) kidnappings per year. Kate gives this statistic in her book.
It's fairly evident why the very adults who commit these crimes would want to suggest that total strangers are a risk to children. Thus pointing the finger away from themselves, imo.
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