March PROTECT Update


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March 29, 2012 Update
~ Anti-Grooming Law
~ Longer Sentences
~ Thank You
~ Bipartisan Work
~ How You Can Help
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Dear Sarah:
During all of the recent fireworks over Alicia’s Law, we didn’t have a chance to tell you about two great new victories.
Anti-Grooming Law
When we were working with The Oprah Show in 2008, a law enforcement officer brought an outrageous “cartoon” to her studio. Oprah showed it to her horrified audience during a commercial break.
The video was designed by predatory pedophiles for children, to teach them that being abused was normal and good. It’s a despicable and very dangerous thing to do to a kid. Experts call it “grooming” and it’s a common tactic of predators. Oprah could show the video because it wasn’t illegal. It was “just a cartoon.”
Well, we told Virginia lawmakers about the outrage, and they found a legal solution. Showing material like that to a child is now a felony in Virginia, and we plan to make it the law of the land in more states!
Longer Sentences on the Way!
Another new law we’re proud of will be locking up some predators for longer.
Lately, some federal judges have been complaining that penalties for child pornography crimes are too tough. They want you to believe that child pornography is a victimless crime, especially when no money changes hands.
But as we’ve been saying, so-called “simple possessors” constantly fuel demand for new child abuse images. One way they do that is by encouraging others to share new video and photos of their crime scenes.

So our newest law makes it a mandatory prison sentence for encouraging anyone to share child abuse images to gain entry into a group. It’s another hammer for prosecutors to use, whether some judges like it or not!

Thank You Del. Bell, Gilbert and Albo
Three lawmakers deserve special thanks for these two laws: Virginia House Delegates Rob Bell, Todd Gilbert and Dave Albo. They’ve made Virginia safer and given the nation two new model laws.
Bipartisan Progress on Capitol Hill
We’re very happy to report that the Democrats and the Republicans are coming together lately to work with us in Washington. We’re looking at a long spring and summer, with very little work getting done until after the November elections. But we’ve got key leaders in both parties signing on to calls to double funding for law enforcement task forces that combat child exploitation.
Can You Chip in $5?
If you watch television or read the paper, you know politics is awash in millions of dollars in cash. But the bad news is that children are still not a real “special interest” in America. We continue to operate on a shoestring. If you can pitch in just $5, we’ll use it to keep our progress moving! Thanks in advance.
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