Perspective on Child Abductions – Follow the Numbers

7 Feb

Credit for the following goes to the syndicated columnist Lenore Skenazy (author of “Free Range Kids”).  Lenore is a crusader against the popular over-emphasis on “stranger danger”.  The moral at the bottom is – I think – tongue in cheek.

 Abductions in perspective:

Number of children ages 2–14 killed in car accidents, as passengers: 1300
Number of children killed each year by family members and acquaintances: About 1000
Number of children abducted in “stereotypical kidnappings” (kidnapped by a stranger for ransom or for sexual purposes and/or transported away) in 1999, the most recent year for which we have statistics: 115.
Number of those children killed by their abductor: About 50.

Murders of children by abductors constitute less than one half of 1% of all murders in America.

 

 Stranger Danger?

Of all children under age 5 murdered from 1976-2005 –

31% were killed by fathers
29% were killed by mothers
23% were killed by male acquaintances
7% were killed by other relatives
3% were killed by strangers

 Moral: Your safest bet is to leave your child with a stranger.

SOURCE: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/children.cfm

 

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