Child ID Event, May 25th | Families

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Child ID Event, May 25th
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The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC), in partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Masonic Child ID Program, will be observing National Missing Children’s Day this year by participating in the national Take 25 child safety campaign. A Child ID event will be held on May 25, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following Police Athletic League (PAL) locations:

  • PAL Southside, 3450 Monument Rd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32225
  • PAL Northside, 2165 W. 33rd Street, Jacksonville, Fl. 32209
  • PAL Westside-Mallison Park, 441 Day Avenue, Jacksonville, Fl. 32254
  • PAL Eastside, 1050 Franklin Street, Jacksonville, Fl. 32206

May 25th has been observed as National Missing Children’s Day since it was first observed in 1983. National Missing Children’s Day serves as an annual reminder that there are thousands of children who are still missing and stresses the importance of making child protection a national priority. The Take 25 campaign is a national child safety public awareness campaign created in 2007 by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The campaign encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. The campaign begins on May 1st and continues through May 25th every year in communities
throughout the country.

Every year in America, an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing, more than 2,000 each day. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members, for which the primary motive is sexual. Each year, 115 children are the victims of the most serious abductions; they are taken by non-family members and either murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.

An analysis of attempted abduction cases by NCMEC found that in 84% of the cases, the child escaped would-be abductors through their own actions. Teaching children about safety works. It saves lives.

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