By: Makenzie Olp

Awareness and Prevention

Clearly, kidnapping has a negative impact on the world and is tearing families apart. Although kidnapping will always be around, there are a lot of ways to be more aware and to prevent it from happening to you. Janie is still on the search for her family, but her life won’t ever be the same again. Even though the world takes precaution, not every place in the world is safe. Kidnapping is a very serious problem, and unless you make the right decisions, you or someone you know could have their lives impacted forever. Some things you as a citizen can do to prevent it is make sure all of your friends and family know where you are at all times. Also, use the buddy system. Just in case, try to be able to identify the vehicle, what to person looked like, and lastly use S.K.Y. S.K.Y. stands for scream, kick, and yell because those things draw attention and could potentially save your life.


Take someone away illegally by force, typically to obtain a ransom

Real Life Stories

In Maryland, an intruder went into a home through an unlocked back door, took a 2 1/2 year old girl out of her crib, abused her in the backyard, and ran off. After the attack, the girl walked back to her house, where her mother found her crying in the early morning. Also, a video tape shows a playground, children are playing, the camera zooms into a little girl playing then zooms out and then back into a little boy. A voice comes across the video it says: Some people go to shopping malls to find what they need, Not me, this is where I shop, this is where I hunt, this is where I find my boys. This was a pornographic video tape that was confiscated by police officials during an investigation from an apartment of a known child molester. The two producers of this terrifying video had planned to kidnap a young boy from a playground, film him being sexually and physically abused. The actual script had called for the young boy to be KILLED right on film. This plot was foiled by the police and the two individuals are in prison. Kidnapping is a very dangerous thing and clearly still has a huge impact on the world.


  • Approximately 4,600 children are abducted by strangers (non family members) each year in the United States.
  • There are approximately 120,000 attempted abductions per year.
  • There are 300 long term abductions per year where the children are either murdered, never found, or returned to their families months or even years later.
  • There are 354,000 children abducted by family members.
  • There are 450,700 children who ran away
  • There are 127,100 children who were thrown away
  • There are 438,200 children who were lost, injured, or otherwise missing