For all the missing children

@Sawsen (795)
United States
January 4, 2007 11:04pm CST
Right now at this very moment, a child has been kidnapped or abducted. She will probably never go home again, and when she does, it will be to a different home, one that is far away from her loved ones. How can people be so cruel to one another, especially children? I think of Adam Walsh, John Walsh's son, and I get sick inside thinking about his fate. I think about Amber Hagerman, and Polly Klaas, and unfortunately the list goes on. Each time I think about it, I feel extremely helpless and sad. I wish that I could bring those children back to their familes. And what's even sadder, is sad to say that today, or tomorrow or a week from now, there will be another story, another case, another victim. When will this cycle of horrible crimes stop? How many more children need to be violated before these villians wake up and realize that they are harming society and the world.
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15 responses
• United States
5 Jan 07
Yes, this is a very serious topic. Every day when I get my mail, I see a picture of another missing child. Did you also know that most missing children are kidnapped by famiy members...that is even more sad. I hope that the families can move on, and try to rebuild their lives, but it is so difficult when one loses a child, for they are a part of the parent, and a part of them will be permanently lost. They must always have hope and keep the faith, because good things can come from those that we deem bad. One good thing that has benefitted kidnapped children and their parents is the "Amber Alert." I have seen how quickly it works and the kidnappings it has solved. More progress will be made.
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I don't know why people are cruel to one another. I wish there was something that we could do to change all of these atrocities to children. I'm not quite sure I agree with you on the Amber Alert though, it does not always bring the child back home to their parents, but hopefully as you mentioned, more progress will be made.
• United States
5 Jan 07
Yes. That is true. I also wanted to comment, that missing children are not necessarily kidnapped. In my first comment I had stated only about kidnapped children, but there are many other crimes that are committed against children. Many cruel people out there take children and abuse them, and keep them prisoner for so many years. It is terrible. Also, sadly, more children also get killed and their parents never know what happened to them or where they are. Sometimes it takes many years for a cold case to get solved. And the worst thing, is the crimes that children have been committing against other children lately.
• United States
5 Jan 07
I know John Walsh he is such a sweet and nice man...My heart goes out to him everyday... He has a house here where i live, Actually I live where he son was abducted from the town i mean. The house that John and his family were living in at the time is still standing, they ofcourse no longer live there, but in Adam's room there is Candle that stays lit! It is a candle that is lit for all the kidnapped and abducted children :( This is a very serious problem in the US and everywhere. What goes thorugh these sicko's minds is beyond me, But id love to meet one, just so i can slap them around and be like WHY, WHY would you hurtt an innocent child!!!! They didnt do anything to you and you went and murdered them for no reason at all... :(:(:( Makes me worry about my own kids safety :(
• United States
6 Jan 07
Yes, and with so many predators out there, I can understand your fear. So many bad things happen to children these days, and it seems there is nothing we can do to the predators, they usually suffer no real penalties. That is very nice that there is always a candle lit for Adam and all the other children, thank you for mentioning that. And thanks to Sawsen, for such a good discussion.
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I don't know how I missed this response, but that is such a sad thing to know about Adam. And I wish I knew John Walsh as well, because he is one admirable person, in terms of his taking the necessary actions to get predators off the street. Sometimes I wish that I could just go back into that time, before anything happened, and undo all that pain that was caused, because it's something unbearable. Whenever I hear about another child on the news, I just feel so sick inside, because I don't understand how the world can be so cruel.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I understand about abductions to a certain extent personally. While in school a classmate of mine was abducted from outside the gym. Around the same time, I stupidly got into a vehicle with an older man just because he flattered me, saying that he thought he knew me and that I looked older than I was. He was going to give me a ride home; I got in car with him but a few blocks down the road I felt very uncomfortable and told him to stop. As he slowed down I jumped out and ran home, telling my mom. We called the police with a description and later found out that he was Ted Bundy and before he was executed we learned that my abducted classmate was one of his victims...Boy, tell me that's not scary.
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
6 Jan 07
Wow, that is a story. Thank God you listened to your gut instinct, because then we probably wouldn't be having this conversation. I feel very sad for your classmate's parents, and your classmate. I wonder what pain he had to go through. And to know someone personally that it happened to, and to actually have sat with the killer is just horrifying. Thank you for your post, and I hope other children listen to their gut instinct when it comes to situations like these.
@pendragon (3354)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I would never let my kid out of my sight if we went shopping ,etc, I would even check all the public bathrooms, to make sure there were no other entrances/exits other than the visible one if we sat down to eat anywhere.I always got the sickest feeling in my gut if she ever disappeared even for a second.You can teach them all you like, but if someone gets them , they're got.you have to always be on your toes.
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I know exactly what you mean. I have a daughter as well, and each time I think of something bad (God forbid) ever happened to her, I would be devastated. I went to the mall today and my sister wanted me to give her her purse and leave my daughter for a minute so I could walk over to give it to her, and I wouldn't. Anything can happen in a split second, and it can ruin your life for a lifetime. I wish that such sick people didn't exist in this world, but the sad reality is that they do, and we as a community should all watch out for one another, because these people take the opportunity when we're not looking. So I would recommend that everyone always keep your eyes open and watch all the children, not just your own.
• United States
5 Jan 07
This is a very sad topic that unfortunately affects so many families. You have to wonder how anyone could harm an innocent and defenseless child. There needs to be harsher punishments, better education/resources for chilren and caregivers and also more community involvement. Thats when it will stop, or atleast decrease. Kids and parents need to realize the age we live in does not allow for young children and teens to roam alone anymore, but yet you see it all the time.
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I agree with you 100%. I wish more people would take notice, and look out for one another. Because this subject affects all of us. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
5 Jan 07
It is always such a sad thing. Many years ago a paperboy was kidnapped while doing his route in Des Moines which is near us. For years and years we saw his always-hopeful mother doing appeals and things on TV, never giving up hope that he might grow up enough to be able to return home on his own. That poor woman had pranksters calling pretending to be her son only to crush her hopes again. I haven't seen her for awhile, so I imagine that she's finally given up the search. The last time I saw her she was looking so old and tired. Her marriage didn't hold up under the pressure, either, so now she's old and possibly alone. And who knows what horrors befell her son after he went missing. I don't know how she stood it like she did.
• United States
6 Jan 07
That is so sad and terrible. She should never give up hope, but she should try to be at peace. I cannot believe that people cannot teach their own children to respect someone who lost their own child. It hurts that those who loved their children best, lose them, and those that don't even care about their kids, don't deserve them. May she find peace, and may her son be safe, whether he is on this earth or with God.
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
18 Feb 07
Sawsen I really do not know I don't think it will ever stop. There are to many Sick People out there. To me it seems to be getting worse and not better. And the thing that gets me here in the UK is, that it is bad here but the Parents of today or should I say the majority of Parents today still leave their little ones unattended. It really gets to me when I see 4-5 year olds outside alone and no one is watching them. You just can't do that today or at any time.
@soldenski (2504)
• United States
6 Jan 07
It would be nice if this type of crime would dissapear. It make's me so sad, to think that some child will never be coming home, the parent's will never know what happened to their child. I can't imagine having go through that. I wish there was some way I could help, I have tried to go on search parties before, when there was a missing child, but there were too many searcher's that they started sending people away. Luckily, the child was found. You know, there is now a tennis show that has a GPS installed and you keep track of where your child is. I think it cost about $300.00, and include's a monthly service charge. That is great but know the kidnapper's are going to take the child's shoe's off. We need to find someway to hide something on our kid's that will not be noticed, maybe like ear-ring's for the girls, that have GPS. That way the kidnapper's wont know about it.
@Devinarun (387)
• United States
6 Jan 07
well i really liked what you have written.its really sad when children are being kidnapped....soem for money, some are caught and made to do some work for otheres or sold off to someone else...its really sad to read all that.
@tiff1496 (571)
• United States
6 Jan 07
The cycle of horrible crimes will never stop. I have a huge fear of someone breaking into my house at night and taking my baby. So he sleeps with me in my bed. Some nights he sleeps in his crib, but its also in my room. I feel so sorry for all the families of abducted children.
@djbtol (5500)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Amber Alert - for people who care. keep your eyes open.
@BigBenas (945)
• Lithuania
5 Jan 07
i know how you are wouring , but there are a lot of situacions where children just whan to go from there parents . For excample in my country one Kind run away whit some guy and chared there parents for a reward and that was the girls idea . When i sow it a was shouct
• United States
5 Jan 07
Unfortunately there are sick people in our society. It's so sad. I have 6 children myself. I can't imagine something like this happening to them. My heart goes out to all the parents and children who have been through such an ordeal.
@suren2k6cse (2626)
• India
5 Jan 07
pray for parents to have currage to relax
• United States
5 Jan 07
this is such a sad thing and i know how your feeling and i can't stand to hear about things like this to childern or anyone...we can't stop things like this but we can sve our kids be teaching rhem street smart from the begining....that is what john walsh's teach us with our kids from the start.all signs like this is a warning to parents take more interest in our kids take them to school and pick them up call ....teach them about bad people from the very first day of letting them go.....i always tought my kids to fight and scream no matter what.....but today they have so much to save our kids..i think it is a bad thought to put a chip in our kids but it might be a life saver..