In a May TV interview,
former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor was matter-of-fact about
his rape of a 16-year-old girl, justifying himself because she was,
after all, part of "the oldest profession in the world." Her hurt, her
pain, meant nothing as long as his needs were met ... his only concern
was for himself - that he'd have to answer to his wife.
His "punishment" was six years of probation and registering as a sex offender.
His life goes on ...
... her life is wrecked.
But who cares?
In August, a physician and former TV sportscaster, Marvell Scott,
was given a misdemeanor sentence of 20 days community service for raping
a 14-year-old child!
His career is unimpeded by such a trifling incident ...
... she will never ever be the same.
But who cares?
I care! And I know you care, too. These are crimes of child sex trafficking.
Under federal law, these rapists could have gotten a much-deserved
felony conviction and 10 to 15 years in prison. Under state law? A
completely different story.
And here's why - most cases and dispositions happen at the local,
not federal, level. And traffickers and buyers are smart ... they'll
take their business to a neighboring state if the laws there are more
Disgusting news like this is why, with the support of friends like
you, we're working to change the climate in the U.S. so that such
travesties cannot continue under weak state laws.
care for the ruined child left behind, please stand with me generously
now to help defend our children from sexual predators and restore the
victim to new life.]
We've undertaken the Protected Innocence Initiative
- a state-by-state "report card" that will expose the injustices that
exist in current state laws and light the fire of change.
Along with it, we've launched a nationwide public awareness campaign that features billboards that vividly proclaim, "This Man Wants to Rent Your Daughter" and ask, "Are You OK with That?!"
Our prayer is that the flame will be fanned into fire by concerned
activists like you and legislators in every state so that children don't
suffer and monsters don't walk away free to buy again.
At the same time, through your compassionate support, we will
continue in the important work of restoring lives around the world -
reaching out to enslaved young women and girls ... and their innocent
babies ... both domestically and internationally, and offering them
rescue, restoration, safety, and hope.
Help us light the fire of change, in state after state, community after community, for the sake of America's daughters.
Linda Smith Founder and President of Shared Hope International