Last week an Amber Alertwas broadcast in my area. It went off not just once, but, twice in the same day. Each time it was for a different child. The two children were between the ages of 7 and 12 years old. This really made me concerned, so I looked into a few statistics. For each official Amber alert, how many abductions or attempted abductions actually occur? According to the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) there are as many unreported missing children as there are reported. In 2014 the reported number has been around 460K (www.missingkids.com).
It is sad that these tragic events take place resulting in pain to the victims and their families and friends, especially when some simple actions can be taken that could prevent them. Even children are very capable of defending themselves if given the right set of tools. Self defense tools exist that are simple enough for a child to be proficient. There are plenty of programs and services that support victims and their families after the violation has taken place and they are extremely helpful, however, they are reactive. The needed action is a proactive self defense training for potential victims taught at a level they can understand.
There will always be degrees of bad guys/gals from a bully on the play ground to the masked man in an unmarked white van. Children need the basic defense mechanisms to survive in this world. Enrolling children in a very basic Self-Defense or Martial arts class can reduce the number of abduction victims and I am willing to do what I can to reduce the number of Amber Alerts.