Parents of Child Abuse, Abduction Promote Safety

Last month, SCP wrote about two fathers crossing the country on bicycles in hopes of bringing awareness to the need for tougher penalties for child predators. As members of the Surviving Parents Coalition, Ed Smart and Ahmad Rivazfar left New York on bicycles in late August and traveled through 12 states on their awareness campaign, "Ride for Their Lives." The ride ended last month in Los Angeles. SCP Chairman Mark Lunsford joined them, riding his motorcycle in solidarity for the duration of the trip.

All three men met while advocating for tougher penalties for crimes committed against children in the wake of their own children's abductions. Other victims, child advocates, law enforcement and supporters rallied behind the fathers at stops within 26 cities.

The men rode on behalf of parents of children who were abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered, recovered or are still missing. They formed the Surviving Parents Coalition with the goal of preventing predatory crimes through awareness, education and legislation. While parent members are the driving force behind the coalition's legislative initiatives, friends and family members are also welcome to join.

The men rode on behalf of parents of children who were abducted, sexually assaulted, murdered, recovered or are still missing. They formed the Surviving Parents Coalition with the goal of preventing predatory crimes through awareness, education and legislation. While parent members are the driving force behind the coalition's legislative initiatives, friends and family members are also welcome to join.

While the group originally formed around the passage of the Adam Walsh Act, the coalition continues to advocate for DNA collection on felony arrests, as well as the Protect Our Children Act of 2008, which provides resources for the investigation of child pornography and exploitation cases. They've also developed "Not ONE More Child," a child safety initiative that educates and empowers children to recognize, avoid, resist and escape dangerous situations and violence, including bullying, assault, abuse and abduction.

"The coalition is determined to cultivate a national movement for child protection, one community and one child at a time," Rivazfar said.

Stop Child Predators is proud to have assisted the Surviving Parents Coalition in securing law enforcement, including speakers from the U.S. Marshals Service, at key stops along the ride.

For more information, visit www.SPCoalition.org.