It has taken me almost 24 hours to be able to blog this particular subject after feeling the need to get the word out, and not because I didn’t have time until now.
Yesterday, I happened to catch an episode of Oprah which featured “Internet Predators” (this kind otherwise known as pedophiles) and their networking ability thanks to the internet. Not only are they sharing information on HOW to molest innocent children, but they are also sharing photographs and videos of this disgusting abuse taking place.
I will not repeat the sickening things I heard on this show, but I will tell you this: these bastards do not deserve to live. I literally felt like I was going to vomit almost the entire time this show was airing, because I could not believe the horrible things these so-called men do to their innocent victims.
So, the reason that I had to wait to write this blog was simple. If I had attempted to blog prior to this moment, all that would have spewed forth would be cussing and death wishes for the sick fuckers (woops, sorry about that word) who don’t deserve to breathe the same air we do.
I thought it wise to minimize the amount of cussing and angry ranting as much as possible in order to be able to get more than anger out to the world, maybe in order to help make a difference somehow.
So first, I am going to give you some information from Oprah’s website about how to protect your children from these pedophiles.
Minimize the Chances of an Online Predator Victimizing a Child
- Warn your children about potentially dangerous people who may try to befriend them online.
- Keep the computer in a public space in your house, not your child’s bedroom.
- Don’t allow children to use a screen name profile or to give out personal information online.
- Use parental controls provided by your service provider or blocking software.
- Monitor all chat room usage.
- Insist children never agree to meet someone they’ve met online without your permission.
Types of Children Sexual Predators Target and Prey Upon
- Children with lower self-esteem
- Children who divulge too much personal information online
- Children who frequent chat rooms
- Children willing to engage in online conversations about sex
Signs Your Child Might Be at Risk Online
- Your child spends large amounts of time online, especially at night.
- You find pornography on your child’s computer.
- Your child receives phone calls from people you don’t know or is making calls to numbers you don’t recognize.
- Your child turns the computer off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.
- Your child becomes withdrawn from the family. Offenders try to drive wedges between a child and their family, trying to accentuate any minor problems at home a child may have.
- Your child is using an online account belonging to someone else. Sex offenders will sometimes provide potential victims with a computer account for communications with them.
If Your Child Is Approached by an Online Predator
Write down as much information as possible—including the screen name or e-mail address of the person who contacted the child, the URL of the chat room and the date and time of contact. Report the incident to the local police department or FBI.
In addition, you can contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s cyber tipline at 800-THE-LOST. This tipline collects leads from individuals reporting the sexual exploitation of children.
Now, I’d like to ask you to DO something to help make a difference. It’s simple and easy, just support US Senate Bill 1738. Here’s some more info on that:
In an all new episode airing Monday, September 15, Oprah announces her support for the PROTECT Our Children Act, U.S. Senate Bill 1738.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 12, 2008
CHICAGO — On Monday, September 15, Oprah issues an urgent call to her viewers to take action against child predators in an all new episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. “What you are going to see is going to shock you to the core, but I’m asking you to please not turn away, because this is happening in our country to our children in the United States every day,” Winfrey says.
During the episode, Oprah implores viewers to help put a stop to child predators by contacting their senators in support of U.S. Senate Bill 1738. Called the PROTECT Our Children Act, U.S. Senate Bill 1738 has bipartisan support and is currently before the U.S. Senate. Oprah.com will feature information and links to connect viewers to their senators.
In an arresting hour, viewers will see the true extent and pervasiveness of child pornography trafficking in America, as state-of-the-art technology reveals the staggering magnitude of the problem for the first time. “Just in preparing for this show, I thought I knew some things about this. But I think it’s expanding at a rate that nobody could even imagine,” Winfrey says.
During the hour, The Oprah Show also reveals the devious new tactics that child predators don’t want parents to know about and examines the latest disturbing new fronts in the battle against child pornography. Oprah also reveals how law enforcement agencies are using the latest technology to track down child pornography peddlers and rescue children from the dark world of child abuse and pornography. This special episode of The Oprah Show is rated TV-14.
Oprah’s long-standing commitment to children led her to initiate the National Child Protection Act in 1991, when she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. On December 20, 1993, the “Oprah Bill” was signed into law. In 2005, Oprah launched Oprah’s Child Predator Watch List and her pledge to provide a $100,000 reward per case to those individuals whom the FBI or local law enforcement officials say provided critical information leading to the capture and arrest of fugitives featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show or Oprah.com. Since its launch, nine of the featured fugitives have been captured.
The Oprah Winfrey Show has remained the number one talk show for 22 consecutive seasons.* Produced in Chicago by Harpo Productions, Inc., the show is seen by an estimated 44 million viewers a week in the United States** and is broadcast internationally in 140 countries.
*Nielsen Cassandra Ranking Report – Nov ’86 to July ’99 and Wrap Sweeps+, Nov ’99 to July ’08. Wtd Avg DMA HH Rtg, Primary Telecasts Only.
**Nielsen/NPower/P2+ unique viewer average: 1-minute qualifier, L+7, 11/1-11/28/07, 1/31-2/27/08, 4/24-5/21/08, excludes 11/23/07.
Now, I would like to discuss some other things in relation to this, but I think I’ve said enough for today. Tomorrow is another day.
Angela Atkinson is a Certified Life Coach and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic relationships since 2006, Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own.
Atkinson offers trauma-informed coaching and has certifications in life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves.
Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded QueenBeeing.com Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. In her life coaching practice, Atkinson’s clients enjoy her personalized approach that allows and encourages them to become the best possible versions of themselves and to succeed in doing what they love most. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online and NarcissismSupportCoach.com.