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5 Myths about Missing Children

Date: May 17, 2013 Categories: Blog

Dr. David Finklehor Debunks the Myths about Missing Children

The return of the three missing young women in Cleveland has created a stir in the media. The outpour of public support for the survivors is heartwarming, however, many fallacies surrounding the issue of child abduction have surfaced. David Finklehor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, composed and debunked five myths surrounding missing children.

Similar to the myths surrounding sexual abuse of children, we often believe that strangers pose the greatest risk to our children. The notion of “stranger danger” is many times unfounded, as Dr. Finklehor points out in his piece.

Myths concerning technology’s role in child abduction are also evident in our society. David Finklehor explains that, contrary to popular belief, the internet can be attributed to less abductions and provides ease in finding children.

Dr. Finklehor’s points are important to consider in working to eliminate child exploitation. Check out his article through this link:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-missing-children/2013/05/10/efee398c-b8b4-11e2-aa9e-a02b765ff0ea_story.html