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How Do You Feel About Vigilante Justice? What about Megan's Law?

How Do You Feel About Vigilante Justice?

Do stories of vigilante justice peak your interest?

Is talking about child abuse, pedophilia and human trafficking out of your comfort zone? 

Do you know about Megan's Law? If you are actively involved in listing, selling or buying real estate this is a Law that you should know about. 

The 1994 rape and murder of seven year old Megan Kanka prompted public demand for a broad based community notification of registered sex offenders.  On May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan's Law.  Megan's Law requires two components:  Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification.  Each state has individual requirements so further research and education by state is highly suggested as this issue just seems to keep being a problem around the world.  An easy resource to find about about sex offenders in the area is supported by United States Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website

Frankly, this topic it is WAY out of my comfort zone!  After speaking to Marie Crist, author of the "Citizens Out" book series and listening to her explain what she and her mother, Pamela Wright are working on I felt more at ease about the subject.  They have a message that will help the average citizen be able to spot possible abuse situations which could save a childs life.

US Marshalls signMy stomach was churning after thinking about our conversation and their book series. I found myself thinking about situations in my own life where maybe I could have made a difference had I known a few signs that could be red flags for children that might need help. Recently I had written a blog post about human slavery on our journey around the world in far away places like Nepali but Marie Crist and Pamela Wright are showing us how this child slavery problem is right here in our own backyard.

The short conversation with Marie Crist again, made me think about a month ago we had a child trafficking ring broken up in Flagstaff, Arizona at a Bridal Boutique that I drive by 2 times a week. I never dreamed that young women from Viet Nam were working as human slaves in fear of their lives inside those walls. The building is now shut down with the US Marshal's sign posted on the doors. Marie and Pamela are trying to wake us up to see what is going on right in our own communities.

Tune into Cosmic Cow Pie blogtalkradio show on Thursday September 8, 2011 9:00 a.m. PDT you will be more alert to the signs that are waddling and quacking right in front of us!  Call in during the show to ask questions at 347-994-1903 or join the chat room and post your concerns.  You can also ask questions on the comments below and we will have Marie and Pamela answer on the show. 

"Actor Corey Feldman Says Pedophilia No. 1 Problem for Child Stars..."

Corey Feldman of "Stand By Me and Goonies" fame talked on ABC Primetime  about the problem of pedophilia in the movie industry with child stars and how his experience still haunts him and in his opinion had a horrible ending  for his friend Corey Haim - Lost Boys co-star  with his recent suicide.

"I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That's the biggest problem for children in this industry. ... It's the big secret," Feldman said.

Marie Crist and her mother Pamela Wright are "actively" fighting child abuse through a series of books with vigilante thrillers and you can call in and talk to them on the blogtalkradio show.

Their books make readers re-evaluate what can be done to save world’s young victim

Both debut authors, Crist and Wright have released separate novels this summer introducing readers to fictional secret groups dedicated to protecting the innocent. Readers find themselves rooting on these passionate citizens who hunt down and kill sick and twisted child molesters before they are able to strike again.

Pamela Wright says: “If there are such groups in real life, I’m not aware of them. But I am very aware of the public sentiment that is growing stronger with every lost loved one,” .... “That sentiment is, the public is sick and tired of a failed system that continually favors the rights of pedophiles over the rights of victims.”

Pamela Wright grew up in Seaside, OR and later studied creative writing and Journalism at the University of Texas. Pamela Wright

Writing for local papers under her personal by-line was rewarding and then Ms. Wright began fostering and adopting children through the DCBS of Kentucky.

Ms. Wright studied child psychology through the department for years and is currently involved in the care of medically fragile children requiring trained services around the clock.

Ms. Wright states:

"I’ve personally seen the devastation of children whom have been abused in every conceivable way. My entire family has been committed to these children. We know the psychological damage and the years of rehabilitation it takes to recover their self-esteem."

Pamela Wright brings her work with abused and neglected children to a series of novels collectively known as The Justifiable Series in which she brings together various elite teams intent on finding and freeing sex slaves…and eliminating those responsible.

Justifiable:OregonHaving parented numerous children placed in foster care over the years has given Pamela an insight into the psychological devastation sexual abuse brings to the lives of children. Pamela hopes to bring awareness and a sense of commitment to stopping these crimes against all people.

In the first installment of The Justifiable series, Justifiable: Oregon, Pamela Wright introduces her readers to the private lives of Dan Morrison of Morrison Investigations and Sarah Knight, a wealthy widow and photo journalist returning home after a long and mysterious absence. What ensues is a web of intrigue that entangles them in the brutality of a Mexican drug cartel, and those exacting justice.  Pamela's website.

 

Marie Crist was born in Astoria, Oregon and while her family has maintained a home in Kentucky throughout the later part of her childhood and into the present day, she never developed a sense of standing still. Her parents traveled with their children constantly, Marie Cristwith home being a place that was used only for an occasional rest and recharge. With these frequent moves and accompanying need to adapt to new circumstances and people, Marie developed a sense of independence and adventure that has served her well.

Marie has taken an interest in the welfare of children for many years. Her own parents have served as guardians for the foster care system for more than a decade, giving Marie the opportunity to meet many children who have come from troubled backgrounds. All too often, the children Marie encountered were victims of sexual abuse, either at the hands of their biological parents or while living in one of the temporary foster homes in which they had been placed. Marie saw the lasting effects that a child who is the victim of abuse can carry well into adulthood and made the decision to be their advocate through her talents as a writer.

Crist’s new book series Citizen Out captures the emotions of anyone who has felt helpless in the wake of tragic violence or who works in law enforcement and understands the frustrations officers can feel when investigations are hampered by bureaucratic hurdles. Marie and her mother hit the streets this summer and fall for events across the country to raise awareness, educate and inspire citizens to take action against child brutality.

Citizen Out“Every time I turn on the television, I see another child has been taken, molested or murdered. I’m infuriated,” Crist said. “Now, I can’t go around and enact vigilante justice on these people. The only thing that will end it is for the stories to be told, to educate parents on how to protect their children and avoid those that wish them harm.”

"Sometimes a child doesn’t recover from the psychological damage and sometimes they become an abuser, repeating the cycle of damage perpetrated on others.

The safety and protection of children is everyone’s business and everyone’s charge.

Be committed to the preservation of children and the world will change."

Through the pages of The Citizen Chronicles: Citizen Out, Marie Crist is able to use her first-hand knowledge of children who have been abused and the adults in society who feel compelled to protect them to create a powerful statement about justice and the role as individuals in strengthening communities. While citizens are not intended to operate within a secretive and complex organization to eliminate the evildoers in society, Marie challenges the reader to think about improving the lives of those around us. It is through her personal encounters with victims of abuse and her observations in diverse social compositions around our country that Marie is able to provide a strong testament about the role of each citizen.

Check out the book trailer and see what you think.  MarieCrist.com

8 tips from the mother-daughter team on keeping your children safe:

  1.  Know where your child is … always.
  2.  Stay in contact with their friends’ parents, as well as your children’s teachers and coaches.
  3.  Be a parent first, friend second.
  4.  Make time each day to have conversations with your child and listen to what they have to say. Don’t be afraid to check   things out to make sure everyone is on track.
  5.  Know your neighborhood. If you see something or someone unusual, check it out or phone it in to the police.
  6.  Change your routine frequently. Pedophiles will watch and wait for the few minutes your child is usually alone. They know parents are busy and routines are how families keep it all together.
  7.  Subscribe to a website that alerts you when a predator moves into your area.
  8.  Be vigilant in speaking with your children about safety and take them to any workshops put on in your communities.

 You can determine what is fact or fiction?

Listen to Cosmic Cow Pie blogtalkradio on Thursday, September 8, 2011 9:00 a.m. PDT as Marie Crist and her mother Pamela Wright explore the idea of a sophisticated and covert organization that seeks justice for the most innocent among us. Call inn to 347-994-1903 with any questions or remarks!

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Comment balloon 11 commentsCarra & Shae Riley • August 28 2011 05:53PM

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This is certainly an extensive and revealing post about a pretty creepy set of subjects.

I certainly saw nothing about the slavery ring in Flagstaff. I wonder why that would have escaped local papers.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) about 8 years ago

This is a subject avoided in our area of the country but should be in the forefront for today's parents.  A mother of three this certainly has made me more aware of the safety of my children.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kari Battaglia, PA, Buy Sell Love Florida (PalmerHouse Properties) about 8 years ago

@Jon ~  The store was the I Do, I Do Bridal Boutique.  I did include the link from the local Flagstaff paper so you can read the details.. actually if you google it for Flagstaff there were about 10 articles.... It really creeps me out too but it is a message as the world turns that we need to be aware of.  I went to the Deparmtent of Justice site and put in Flagstaff to get the number of registered Sex offenders.. and also Lake Havasu City and my small community of Williams.  They have the physical addresses so you know where they live.  When we lived in Havasu we had a rental across the street from a registered sex offender and had only 1 person ask to move out.. we did not know it when we purchased the home and then the flyers were sent out to the area residents.. not mailed to the owner so we had no idea.   It is a good idea to check that list and see what is going on around any property you are working with.  Check out around your listings and see what is going on. 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago

@Kari ~ My husband was concerned about the topic himself and I know that NO one really feels comfortable talking about it and you are so right that parents need to be aware of what is going on with their children and who is in the area.  We just have to be alert.  I will share some of my thoughts on the radio show as I really did have a huge pit in my stomach about some things I noticed but never did anything about as my daughter was growing up.  So thank you for your comment! 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago

I tell my buyers to go to the Dept of Justice site if they have concerns. I can't do that research for them. Everyone should know where these people live.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 8 years ago

Very good information Carra.  I love that they put Megan's Law in to place.  Everyone needs to feel safe in their environment.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 8 years ago

OMG Carra - when I lived in Flagstaff I remember using this store when we'd put on fashion show fundraisers.....makes me sick to think there are those kind of folks preying on children.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales, 603-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe) about 8 years ago

It's not a topic we can or should sweep under the rug.  We have to be able to discuss it and we all should care about it.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 8 years ago

@Jackie ~  The US Dept. of Justice site seems to be the best and you do not have to register to use it.  You can just plug in the information of the city or name you want to know about and there it is.   Yes, everyone should know about that site. Thank you.

@Belinda ~ Safe is what we all need and just being alert will help make everyone safer.

@Anna ~  I drive by that building 2 times a week... and NEVER would have thought that could be going on and according to the articles it was over 10 years.  I think Pamela and Marie are trying to make people AWARE that it is going on right under our noses... There was that horrible death of a 3 year old in Phoenix a couple weeks ago and the neighbors had even called social services thinking something was wrong but they hid what was going on well.... talking about this will get it out in the open and make people NOT afraid to discuss it. 

@Tammy ~  That is the perfect analogy... sweeping it under the rug... we can't do that.  We have to treat others the way we would want to be treated if the roles were reversed... Thanks for your comments.. How is life at the lake? 

 

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago

Something for you this morning: Pay It Forward – I didn’t have to think about this one.

Posted by Not a real person about 8 years ago

Russel ~  You are such an inspiration!  Going to write my pay it forward post!  Been struggling with it as paying it forward to one person changed cash flow for another... creates dilemmas in navigation in the Cosmic Cow Pie.... :)

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 8 years ago

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