There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to find out that a child is missing. Every day, all over the world, children disappear. Many of whom we never hear about, some of whom we do. Here, in Canada, there is at least one story every year of an abducted child that flashes across the news. Several of the most recent that stick out in my mind are the abductions and murders of Cecilia Zhang and Holly Jones. As we follow their stories closely (at least I know I do), we are gripped by fear for the child and hold hope for the family that they will be reunited. As a person, I can understand that this situation is a parent’s worst fear. As a parent I cannot sit by idly and hope. If my child were to go missing, god forbid, I would want to believe that everyone was doing anything they could to help.
Sadly, we find ourselves in this terrifying situation again. An 8 year-old girl from Woodstock – a small Ontario town – has been abducted. Her name is Victoria (Tori) Stafford. At left is her photo. If you have seen the girl or have any information on where she might be, please call the Woodstock Police (519) 537-2323. She is described as “4’5″, 60 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair cut below the ears. She was last seen wearing a black Hannah Montana jacket with a white fur-lined hood, a black velvet skirt, black and white shoes and a purple and pink Bratz bag”.(The Star.com)
For a long time, I’ve had sitting in my kitchen, the RCMP Identification Kits but have never used them. Its very disturbing to think about doing this – this being a possible last resort to finding one of my children should anything happen to them. But it is something to resort to and I should use it. Now that I’ve been reminded, I won’t wait any longer to complete them. Being vigilant about their safety is always a difficult line to walk. We don’t want to smother them, but we can’t let them go too far too soon. And how can we account for the unknowns? The predators? I suppose education for both them and for us is the best defence and to use every available resource at our disposal…like the RCMP kits.
I don’t have any answers here with absolute certainty that these tragedies can be prevented. In the cases when they haven’t been prevented I have heard that swift action is the best help. Let’s hope that due to swift action by the police and wide coverage through media, Facebook, blogs, etc. little Tori is brought home safely. I can only ask that if you are a Canadian reading this post and are also a blogger, you might mention Tori on your site. Thank you.
All three sites have useful tips for parents to help protect their children.