Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Why the Casey Anthony case upsets me (and maybe others too)

Every day thousands of children are abused, neglected, and injured intentionally by others. Every day in this country THOUSANDS Of children are reported missing, and many others go unreported. We don't like to think about it because it scares us. It could be our kid next. When a case occurs where we have a clear victim and a seemingly clear criminal we want to see justice. This is how I see the Casey Anthony case. It wasn't some random person who killed some random child. We have names, we have faces, we want justice. I know the jury was there for 33 days, etc. but that's not how the court of public opinion works. For the sakes of all the thousands of cases where we don't have someone standing on trial, where we don't have a person's body, we want justice. It's not fair, but that's how it goes. We are human, we have feelings, and we feel pain.

Casey Anthony has been booked into the Orange ...Image via Wikipedia

According to www.missingkids.com in 2002 (on their website now):
How many children are reported missing each year?
The U.S. Department of Justice reports
  • 797,500 children (younger than 18) were reported missing in a one-year period of time studied resulting in an average of 2,185 children being reported missing each day.
  • 203,900 children were the victims of family abductions.
  • 58,200 children were the victims of non-family abductions.
  • 115 children were the victims of “stereotypical” kidnapping. (These crimes involve someone the child does not know or someone of slight acquaintance, who holds the child overnight, transports the child 50 miles or more, kills the child, demands ransom, or intends to keep the child permanently.)
[Andrea J. Sedlak, David Finkelhor, Heather Hammer, and Dana J. Schultz. U.S. Department of Justice. "National Estimates of Missing Children: An Overview" in National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, October 2002, page 5.]

In 2010 the FBI listed 565,692 people under the age of 21 as being missing just from that year alone.



Children disappearing is so common in our country that the government even has a "survival guide" available online for families and how to cope called "When Your Child is Missing: A Family Survival Guide"--  http://www.ncjrs.gov/missingkids/

This isn't a third world country, this isn't a place plagued in a civil war, this is the U.S.A. and this stuff happens EVERY SINGLE DAY.

So Casey Anthony feels the wrath of public opinion. I'm sorry if you don't think it's fair, but that's the way it is. Until these numbers go down then she stands on trial as a representative for all the criminals who get away with murder and abuse.

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