Making a Difference
Posted by KindraLore on April 16, 2007
I usually don’t do these sorts of blogs (“plugging” other sites or what not) but I have found that there are some people out there working to make a difference.
The first one is Operation Cyber Tip. This site was founded for Shawn Hornbeck and Ben Ownsby, but it has grown into a huge undertaking. This website has set out to help make people aware of all the current missing kids cases and how they can report tips from the internet or other sources.
They also intend to hold all info on as many cases as possible in a database passing on any appropriate info to the authorities etc. Keeping all this info together in one place will hopefully help to notice similarities between cases and the like.
I received this the other day from them:
We have now set up a page detailing all the SEVEN suspected cases being used in the connections to Devlin.
It details all the abductions with pictures and age-progressed ones for those still missing.
Also includes annotated maps of the areas covered.
And a link to the discussions boards.
More will be added later. But now its up to others to look through the info and add to it.
The task force seem to want the publics help so IMO this is everyones chance to help.
Please sign up to the boards and add your comments. Any info – no matter how small is important.
That one tiny piece of info may help to solve a crime. You never know.
I’m sure Mitch Hults didn’t expect to solve two crimes in one day with his tip – did he?
They also have a message board for sleuths that want to discuss cases.
The second undertaking by people trying to make a difference was born out of the Christopher Barrios Case. If you are not aware of the Christopher Barrios case, Christopher was from Brunswick, Georgia. Christopher disappeared in March and his little body was found days later in a trash bag, not far from his home. The perpetrators were his neighbors.
According to this article:
According to an indictment issued Wednesday, convicted child molester George Edenfield and his father took turns sexually assaulting Christopher while the molester’s mother watched, then they choked the boy to death.
Visit News Article Sited
Born from this tragedy was outrage and people wanting to make a change. They are trying to get both Federal and State Laws passed called Christopher’s Law. This would basically signify that if you were convicted one time for child molestation, you would receive a life sentence. It’s basically a one-strike law.
There are obviously some kinks to be worked out with this one because I personally think they need to re-categorize sexual predators and not lump in 18 year old boys engaging in consensual sex with their 16 or 17 year old girlfriend. I know there was a case here in Georgia not too long ago where the boy got 10 years.
That said, I do agree that if you are predator of children, you need to be taken out of society so that you are not allowed to prey upon our most vulnerable.