Boston, Massachusetts (PRWEB) September 16, 2011
Protect Mass Children, a Massachusetts non-profit organization committed to protecting the children of Massachusetts from sex offenders through education and legislation, is launching "The Two Days to Save a Child Campaign". The Massachusetts Judiciary Committee has granted Protect Mass Children two hearings for the organization's proposed legislation.
The bills call for strong mandatory sentences for pedophiles and life sentences for repeat offenders. Passing these important pieces of legislation combined with Protect Mass Children's awareness programs and strong relationships with educators and law enforcement will truly make a significant difference for children and families in Massachusetts.
Proponents of tougher child safety and protection laws will be rallying on the front steps of the Statehouse on Beacon Street in Boston on September 20th & 27th at 11AM and then attending hearings in room A-1 at 1PM. Supporters are being asked to wear blue the color of child abuse awareness and to make signs in support of tougher sentencing for child predators.
Protect Mass Children did a study on registered Level 2 and 3 sex offenders living in the towns represented by the committee hearing the bills. The numbers were staggering. There were 213 registered sex offenders in Lynn, 57 in Somerville, 186 in Pittsfield, 256 in Lowell, 553 in Springfield and 30 in Newton. Out of 603 convicted Level 3 sex offenders, living working and going to school in just 15 Massachusetts' communities, 478 were convicted of 2 or more sex crimes.
In 2010, sources including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children identified a total of 716,750 registered sex offenders in the 50 states, and five United States Territories. A child predator is a sex offender who abuses children for sexual stimulation and often target children in a predatory way.
Seventy seven percent of Americans now favor mandatory prison sentences and GPS monitoring for child sex offenders according to a new national survey. As Joseph DiPietro, President & Founder of Protect Mass Children points out, “Change doesn’t come easily but working together we can create laws that make a difference. We have to act now. Once we finished the study, we were horrified at how many registered Level 3 sex offenders walk freely in our communities after being convicted for two or more offenses. We are asking the community to please help us to protect children in this state."
Protect Mass Children was founded to build awareness about child sexual abuse. The organization’s mission is to fight to pass stronger laws so that when child predators are caught and convicted, they are no longer released into communities to victimize additional children. Protect Mass Children also educates the public on how to keep children safe from sexual predators while acting as a voice for the victims.
For further information, log on to http://protectmasschildren.org/2_days
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