The most disturbing part of the Amanda Berry story is that she was kept imprisoned for a decade just a few short miles from her home, in a perfectly normal residential neighborhood. It’s a community that had every chance to spot her over this tortuously long amount of time. By some accounts, she was seen and heard. A scream went unreported. A woman was seen confined in the yard.
Of all the lessons to be learned from Berry’s ordeal (and her daughter born in captivity, and the two other imprisoned girls), the biggest may be vigilance. As joyous as their return home was, vigilance may have helped them home a decade sooner.
If and when a time comes in which we must rescue someone, most of us will not be armed with weapons or walkie-talkies. We may have to fight through a filter of indifference. Let’s make a conscious effort to do so. KidSafe Home Safety Products delivers goods, but it takes more than kid safety products to protect our children. Let’s arm ourselves with the most important of weapons: information. This week, to mark the upcoming Missing Children’s Day on May 25, we will be helping to disseminate some important research and information on missing children.