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U.S. Marshals arrest more than 1,100 Sex Offenders in Nationwide Dragnet

Operation FALCON II - Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally - This massive fugitive dragnet took place the week of April 17-23, 2006 and covered the western half of the United States. As a prelude to National Crime Victim's Rights Week, this cooperative effort removed some of the country's most dangerous wanted criminals from the streets.

Deputy US marshals teamed up with their state, local, and federal colleagues in the largest fugitive sweep to ever primarily focus on violent sex offenders. FALCON II resulted in the arrest of 9,037 fugitives and the clearance of 10,419 warrants. Of those fugitives arrested, 462 were wanted for violent sex crimes, 311 for other sex crimes, and an additional 783 failed to register as Sex Offenders.

Teamwork ensured the success of this seven-day initiative. A total of 793 different agencies participated - 25 federal, 120 state, 330 county sheriffs, 312 police departments, and 6 foreign agencies. Within the Marshals Service, 46 distri…

Seattle Times' License to Harm Series

The Seattle Times has uncovered sexual misconduct and abuse of epic proportions in Washington health care. During their investigation, they obtained more than 10,000 pages of public records to include health department investigative reports, memos and e-mails. That information was used to create a computer database of sexual misconduct cases from 1995 to 2005 and to track practitioners who had undisclosed felony sex convictions. These efforts gave rise to many legal challenges by victims of healthcare providers and prompted a state investigation and healthcare reform. Click here to read more about the series, the victims' stories, statistics and to search the "misconduct database" that the Seattle Times is hosting on their website. I will post my comments later after reviewing all of the materials, I have alot to say about it and plan to write a letter to the editor. This is great stuff! If they can do it in Seattle, why not in our own communities?

Angela Shelton's Courageous work

Last night I watched Searching for Angela Shelton on Lifetime and was very moved by it. She has so much courage. In the film, she traveled across the country to survey women who shared her namesake, Angela Shelton. While surveying these women, she confided her own experience of childhood sexual abuse and inspired the other Angies to share their stories. Much to her surprise, a high percentage had been beaten, abused or raped. Angela Shelton, the filmmaker, really put herself out there. I applaud her ability to do so especially when she confronted her own abuser, her father. It was painful to watch and empowering at the same time. This film is a must-see for everyone, men and women alike. We must break the silence and shame that surrounds abuse and violence and STOP the cycle. Click here to visit her site, buy the DVD, and donate to her foundation. She's doing incredible things!

A Show of Hands for stopping child sexual abuse

The Enough Abuse Campaign is a statewide effort to eliminate child sexual abuse in Massachusetts, and we are dedicated to obtaining and sharing the knowledge and skills necessary for prevention. The Campaign is for those who believe that we have had enough secrets, enough shame, enough hurt, enough confusion and enough denial that child sexual abuse is a serious epidemic. It is for those who are ready to say enough child sexual abuse and who are ready to work together to prevent it from happening in the future. In other words, the Enough Abuse Campaign is for all of us. Get involved today by donating to the organization, spreading the word, or by a "show of hands". Photocopy or trace your hand (or print poster). Write the words ‘ENOUGH ABUSE’ on the palm of the photocopied hand along with your name and town or city. Encourage friends and neighbors to participate by sending in their "Show of Hands."

Send a copy of your "Show of Hands" to:
Enough Abuse Campai…

Tune into Lifetime TV this weekend

April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. In recognition, Lifetime is airing their campaign's Stop Violence Against Women programming and public service announcements with information on how to get help and thought-provoking movies and specially-themed episodes of the Network's original dramas all weekend. Here's a partial list of some of the featured films so tune in or set your TiVo/DVR to record these programs and show your support.

SEARCHING FOR ANGELA SHELTON Saturday, April 22 at 11 pm et/pt
This documentary follows filmmaker and abuse victim Angela Shelton's travels across the United States to meet other Angela Sheltons in an effort to survey women in America. On her journey, she discovers that 24 out of the 40 Angela Sheltons she spoke to were abuse victims. These findings sparked Angela Shelton to confront her own past and her father, and through her subjects, she learns about forgiveness, faith and the power of the human spirit.


What are you planning to do for Crime Victims Week?

National Crime Victims Week is April 23-29. It's a week I look forward to every year as there are many advocacy groups that are planning exciting events to include RAINN's Operation Freefall (skydiving), 5ks runs, Walks, Rallies, Dinners, and other fundraising events. For the last three years, I have participated in the Carl Williams 5K Run for Victims in Nashville, TN and donated to local organizations. The 5k was coordinated and promoted by a very special lady in honor of her brother who was murdered several years ago. Today, his murder is still unsolved. The event is staffed by the organizer's family members and local advocates. Many crime victims also volunteer or actually participate in the run. It was very inspiring but unfortunately didn't yield as much attendance as other issue-related runs.

That trend of low attendance and participation continues in other crime-prevention and awareness events. It's surprising that this remains to be true year after year whe…

Call to Action: VAWA funding

Stop Family Violencehas issued an action alert. Congress’ unanimous reauthorization of the expanded Violence Against Women Actthis past December was cause for celebration but now, VAWA’s in trouble and your help is needed. For the 5th year in a row, President Bush has not requested full funding for VAWA programs in his budget proposal. Because VAWA wasn’t passed until late last year - after the President had already drafted his budget request - no funding at all has been proposed for new VAWA programs!

Congress authorized spending$1 billion per year so that VAWA's effective programs, like the national domestic violence hotline, training for law enforcement, and legal assistance for victims could continue and expand. Unfortunately, the President's budgetonly requests $546 million in funding for continuing and new programs - just over half of what he could have requested. We need full funding to continue VAWA's existing lifesaving programs plus funding for the new programs th…

Searching for Angela Shelton

Premieres Saturday, April 22 at 11 pm et/pt on Lifetime Television. The recipient of more than 12 awards, the film follows Angela Sheltonas she travels across the United States to meet other women who share her name. She discovers that 70% of the other Angela Sheltons have been victims of rape, childhood sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The surprising journey leads Shelton to confront her own history of abuse and learn about forgiveness, faith and the power of the human spirit. The multi-award-winning documentary has started a grassroots movement of healing for survivors of abuse of all genders.

I hope that you will all mark your calendars and watch or Tevo this program. It's such an interesting concept although her journey yielded such alarming results. 70% of her namesakes were victims of violence! It's startling how prevalent abuse and violence is within our society and family environments and how little we talk about it.

Kudos to Lifetime Television's Stop Violence Against Women campaign

Lifetime Television will be in Washington, DC the week of APRIL 3rd to rally politicians, activists, celebrities and survivors around their Stop Violence Against Women campaign. Some of the issues that will be addressed include sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and sex trafficking. Here are just some of the events planned this week. Good luck to all the organizations! Darkness to Light and National Children's Alliance Congressional Briefing and LunchNational Coalition Against Domestic Violence and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence Breakfast with SenatorsSpecial Screening of "Searching for Angela Shelton" Documentary and NCADV, NAESV and Lifetime Television Reception with Members of Congress FaithTrust Institute Press Conference on Engaging Religious Leaders in the Violence Against Women MovementNational Alliance to End Sexual Violence, National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, National Center fo…