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One-Third of All ''Stereotypical'' Child Kidnappings Occur in the Fall; Former FBI Profiler Clinton Van Zandt Urges Parents to Talk to their Children About Safety.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- According to the latest national estimates of abducted children (NISMART-2), one-third of all "stereotypical" kidnappings occurred in the fall. Other government data show that sexual assaults on adolescents (ages 12-17) peaked at 3:00 pm, just as kids are getting out of school. E[acute accent]"With many children walking to and from school and coming home to empty houses, now is a time for parents to get serious about safety," said Dr. Clinton Van Zandt, founder of www.LiveSecure.org. "Parents can help protect kids from vicious predators by teaching them to make informed decisions and use good judgment." E[acute accent]The majority of children who are abducted know the perpetrator. Sexual abuse is often the motive. In one year, more than 58,000 children were abducted by a non-family member, (including 115 stereotypical kidnapping cases), half of these abductions resulted in sexual abuse. E[acute accent]"Parents can no longer just rely on the out-dated 'Stranger Danger' advice they received as kids," said Van Zandt. "Kids and parents need to be savvy not only about strangers, but about the people they interact with every day. Child predators can literally make a career out of gaining access to children as coaches, teachers, or camp counselors." E[acute accent]Parents should also be aware of registered sex offenders in their neighborhood or near their child's school. Links to sex offender registries nationwide can be found at www.LiveSecure.org. There are currently over a half a million known sex offenders in the U.S. and countless unknown child predators. E[acute accent]October is Crime Prevention Month. There is evidence that the increase in prevention and intervention efforts to protect children over the past two decades is working. There was a 40 percent drop in the number of substantiated child sexual abuse cases from 1992 to 2000. E[acute accent]Parents also play a key role in preventing abuse and abduction. For free tips on "Protecting Children & Teens" and the "10 Safety Tips Every Child Should Know" visit www.LiveSecure.org. Parents can also order the "Protecting Children from Predators" DVD & Child ID Kit, which addresses how to talk to your child, what to say, what age to start, and how to spot an inappropriate adult relationship with your child. The Child ID Kit organizes fingerprints, a photo, DNA and other information should parents ever need it. E[acute accent]LiveSecure.org provides the public with information on personal and family safety and security related issues. The site was created by Dr. Clinton R. Van Zandt, founder and President of Van Zandt Associates, Inc. (VZA), an international threat and risk assessment group specializing in behavioral and forensic analysis. Dr. Van Zandt retired from the FBI in 1995 after 25 years of service, ending his career as both the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator and a Supervisor in the Bureau's Behavioral Science Unit. Dr. Van Zandt is also a well-known television and radio guest and commentator. E[acute accent]To request an interview with Clint Van Zandt on child abduction and sexual abuse, please contact: Julie Tacinelli at (860) 269-8648 or email Julie.tacinelli@comcast.net.

E[acute accent]NOTE: A stereotypical kidnapping is an abduction perpetrated by a slight acquaintance or stranger in which a child is detained overnight, transported at least 50 miles, held for ransom or abducted with the intent to keep the child permanently, or kill the child.
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