National Missing Children’s Day May 25, 2013
Gallipolis, Ohio – May 25, 2013 – Every year an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing to authorities in the United States. Of that number, 200,000 are abducted by family members, and 58,000 are abducted by non-family members. The primary motive for non-family abductions is sexual. Each year many children are the victims of the most serious abductions, taken by non-family members and either murdered, held for ransom or taken with the intent to keep the child.
May 25, was proclaimed by the US government as national missing children’s day in 1983 as a time for parents to take just 25 minutes to talk to their children about how to be safe and prevent tragedy from striking in our community.
Take 25 is a child safety campaign that helps parents with ideas on how to talk to their children about safety issues. The campaign website is
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning stated that he “supported the efforts of the federal and state authorities in educating children to help prevent child abductions.” Parents have an opportunity to talk to their children today about the issue. May 25 was chosen in honor of New York missing child case involving Etan Patz who went missing on his way to school in 1979 and was never found.
Sheriff Browning urges parents to download the information at the website and use it talk to children without making them paranoid, but yet aware of dangers.
This year the Sheriff’s Office is also making available to area youth organizations a viewing of the movie “Finding Faith”. “Finding Faith” is full length film about the dangers of on line relationships for teens. Groups wishing to show the finding faith film in Gallia County should contact the Sheriff’s Office administrative line at 740-446-4617.

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