I love blogging, and feel that I can keep in touch with so many people, but Shane and I have become concerned about our privacy and all the pictures of Emma we are posting. So, starting next week we will be changing out blog to private. I still want friends and family to have access, so if you are interested in reading our blog, send me an email at therecklings(at)yahoo(dot)com and I'll add you to our permission list. I still want to stay in touch! I just want to make sure that only those that I know and love are reading, and not just anyone.
We've had some devastating things happen lately in our extended family that is causing us to just be more protective of Emma. If any of you saw Oprah today (I generally don't watch Oprah, and am only occasionally a fan), but today her show was on sexual predators, and was absolutely worth watching, while extremely difficult and upsetting to watch.
There is a Senate bill (Senate Bill 1738--click here for a little background) that needs to be passed (by September 26th) called "Protect Our Children", that will fund the ability to go after more predators early on. The funding will be able to save more children, and track down those that are abusers. You need to write your Senators, and you can click this link which makes it really easy to do so. You can look up your Senators, and then copy and paste the email over (I've pasted it below), or write one of your own. It won't take long. I promise it's worth it!
I have never heard anything more upsetting in my entire life, than hearing a child that I love explain in his own words the abuse that he had been through. It is something that I will never forget, and if only we could have known earlier, we could have stopped so much pain. Sorry, for the depressing post, but please take a moment to write your Senators. It will change lives!
This is Bi-Partisan, nothing to do with Republican or Democrat...just a way to help save children who are suffering unspeakable things.
I know that you believe, like I do, that we must do everything possible to protect children from sexual predators. That is why I am asking for your help.
Last year alone, U.S. law enforcement identified over 300,000 criminals who were trafficking in movies and pictures of young children being raped and tortured. Experts say that one in every three of these criminals has local child victims. Child pornography trafficking over the Internet has given us a trail of evidence that leads straight to their doorsteps, but the vast majority of these children will never be rescued because investigators are overwhelmed, outnumbered and underfunded.
As your constituent, I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the PROTECT Our Children Act (S. 1738, Biden-Hatch). This bipartisan legislation passed the House 415-2, but it is now the victim of petty partisan politics.
Now that we know where these children are and how to protect them, there is no excuse for the Senate to fail to take action this session.
(Your name here)