Help Pass the PROTECT Our Children Act 1738

PROTECT Our Children Act 1738Monday’s episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show was dedicated to the “PROTECT Our Children Act”, referring to U.S. Senate Bill 1738 targeting online child predators, according to an official release from Chicago’s Harpo Productions. Please don’t turn away – If this post is the only one you ever read on this site and you are moved by what you learn about Senate Bill 1738 and what it will do to protect children, your children and grandchildren, then I feel truly blessed to have helped bring awareness to this important issue. (See Important Update below!)

During the show, Oprah and her guests detailed the “extent and pervasiveness of child pornography trafficking in America,” and Winfrey has asked viewers to contact their senators about U.S. Senate Bill 1738, the Protect Our Children Act. It doesn’t matter what your political position is with the upcoming election, whether you are Republican, Democrat, Independent etc. This is a bipartisan effort to help protect children across the United States.

The map behind Oprah shows how quickly one single pornographic image of a child being molested can spread across the United States from coast to coast within 24 hours, starting with the large red dot from a computer in Washington, D.C. “This is just an average day in America—24 hours.” Oprah says, “For once, you and I can do something about it!”

“What you are going to see is going to shock you to the core, but I’m asking you to please don’t turn away, because this is happening in our country to our children in the United States every day”, Oprah said. One particularly disturbing new trend involves predators engaging in live video chats that include on-demand child molestation and rape, which has caught the attention of the cybercrimes division of the Department of Homeland Security, which combats child exploitation.

Agent Claude Davenport says, “They will get together, discuss activities that they would like to see performed and actually perform it on their own children.” Davenport continues saying, “We’ve had cases where infants have been molested on live feed. When the violators are caught, their reason for using such a young child is because the child can’t articulate the violation that they’ve received.”

Authorities have discovered How-To videos and manuals created by pedophiles with instructions on how to molest and rape children, some just months old (including one case of a baby with the stub of an umbilical cord still attached being raped) and how to get away with the crime of molesting and raping children. Well-known cartoon characters are being used in videos to desensitize the children in order to rape or molest them.

Flint Waters, father of two and commander of the Wyoming Internet Sex Crimes Against Children Task Force, developed a revolutionary and historic software program that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, pinpointing and tracking computers trading pornographic images and videos of children in order to catch child predators. There is a serious problem of man-power, not enough money to put more “boots on the ground” to catch these predators.

As I’ve said before, child sexual abuse occurs more often than you think and the perpetrator most likely to rape or molest children is someone you know, like a family member or close friend. Camille Cooper, who works with PROTECT, a group working to pass better laws to build protection for children, says Senate Bill 1738 is going before the Senate this month. Camille stresses that it is important to contact your senators immediately and put pressure on the Senate before Congress recesses on September 26th.

The PROTECT Our Children Act has already passed the U.S. House but it must pass in the Senate before sexually abused children can be rescued and pedophiles caught and put away.

Please help protect children, from infants to toddlers to teenagers from these predators. Please take a few moments and read more about the PROTECT Our Children Act on Oprah.com, and then follow her links to send a made-for-you letter that you may send to your local senators. Remember, the Senate recesses on September 26th, so don’t wait a moment longer. If you are so inclined, please forward this onto others so they too can help pass the PROTECT Our Children Act, Senate Bill 1738. Thank you.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Did the PROTECT Our Children Act Senate Bill 1738 pass? YES! Yes! Yes! The PROTECT Our Children Act, Senate Bill 1738 PASSED in the Senate!!!

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9 Responses to “Help Pass the PROTECT Our Children Act 1738”

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  1. Stepanie Bailey says:

    I am DISCUSSED that we have to FIGHT to protect the innocence of our children. The PROTECT Our Children Act is important and a step in the right direction, but our country has a long way to go. There should be a NO TOLERANCE law, to protect our children. If you want to harm a child, then you go away for good. NO TOLERANCE. Children DO NOT have a voice or the capability to speak out and make change. It is OUR responsibility to speak for them and protect them from these AWEFUL human beings. This topic has struck a cord with me and I will do EVERYTHING in my power, to keep our children’s rights moving forward.

    –Stephanie Bailey

  2. Lin says:

    Stephanie, I completely understand your outrage about these children being molested and raped. The statistics of child sexual abuse are enormous, and it’s only getting worse and people have to rise up and make a strong stand against pedophiles who molest and rape children.

    These online predators don’t want anyone to know the methods they use to harm children, and these perverts certainly don’t want people being made aware of their How-To molest and rape children manuals and pamphlets, but those manuals do exist and are being passed around to other pedophiles.

    I have my own personal opinion of what I think should be done to these child molesters and rapists, but my anger about these kids being sexually abused makes it very difficult to control my language, so I’ll keep it to myself.

  3. Valerie says:

    Hi Lin,

    When I turned Oprah on yesterday I had missed the first 40 minutes of the show. Thanks for this post because it explains what I missed. I will be contacting my Senator.

  4. Lin says:

    Hi Valerie,

    I had seen some clips a couple days prior to Monday’s episode, and since Monday’s are my day off I was ready and prepared. Much of what was talked about, the graphic details of these infants, toddlers and children being sexually abused, molested and raped made me sick to my stomach.

    The pornographic images and videos being exchanged between pedophiles, of people molesting and raping their own children and babies in diapers, and spreading around a manual of how to rape and molest children just makes me ill inside. I cannot even fathom what these young children have and are being put through and the effects this will have on their lives later on.

    Thousands of people have read this article and are fortunately taking the step to go to Oprah’s site to read the entire story around the episode and hopefully they are being moved to contact their senators to have senate bill 1738 passed and put a stop to this abuse.

  5. Barbara B says:

    I watched the Ophra show and I was so mad, that I just wanted to punch out any one that could violate our children. Our innocent children. Having a back ground of being abused myself, I knew I wanted to do something. I emailed everyone on my email list and this was the first time I have ever done something like this. Through that I was asked to do a presentation at a Toastmasters club meeting to inform our members of the bill 1738 andwhat they can do to help get the voices of our young heard. It is time to STOP this NOW. I do not fall for this is an illness stuff anymore, it is a choice an act that is so discusting.
    Barbara B

  6. Lin says:

    Hi Barbara, I don’t usually get to watch Oprah’s show due to my work schedule but I was able to watch Monday’s show about these perverts.

    As soon as the show was over, I went to my computer and wrote this post, hoping that people who either saw Oprah’s show or heard about the Protect Our Children Act would search for more information on it and would step up and contact their senators immediately. Fortunately, a large number of people (thousands) have read this article and then moved on to Oprah’s site and hopefully have followed her instructions on how to contact their senator before they go on recess asking/begging their senators to vote yes on senate bill 1738. I’m hoping it goes through without any problems.

  7. Marian says:

    I’ve heard about this episode and read about it in Oprah’s website. I missed the whole show because of school. Does anybody know where/how I can watch that episode? Thanks so much! Appreciate it.

  8. Lin says:

    Hi Marian,

    I know that repeats from Oprah’s show come on in the evenings, so you may want to check out the listings for that. Or, I believe you can order tapes of shows directly from Oprah’s website. Other than that, I’ve not found any videos of the show anywhere online or even on YouTube.com to direct you to.

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