Thursday, April 23, 2009

Risk of Child Abduction Not as High as it Seems

A study done a few years ago reported that about 800,000 children had gone missing in the U.S. during a single year, but there is much more to that statistic than meets the eye. Despite rising fears in parents across the country due to published numbers like these, as well as scary movies and TV shows on the subject, the incidents of child abduction by strangers in the U.S. are actually almost as rare as a person being struck by lightning.

When the numbers are looked at more closely, it appears that only 115 of the 800,000 are "stereotypical kidnappings," kidnappings and abductions by complete strangers, like those often portrayed on TV and in movies.

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