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Missing adults, people vanishing; why doesn't the media feature more of these stories? Does the public care?
If someone you knew to be responsible vanished what would you do?
Missing or taking a break?
Is it because we have this preconceived notion that a missing adult has just fled there life or as I have heard said before, "everyone has the right to go missing."Do you know someone who is responsible and has never missed a day of work or someone who calls home everyday at the same time to ask how things are going? If so, let me ask you what you would think if that person suddenly went missing and wasn't heard from again. Would you automatically think they had just taken off, or would you think they had ran into foul play?
Just hit share
I have mentioned my frustration with how hard it is to get people to "share" posts on FB regarding missing people. Now if you post a picture of a dog or cat and a catchy phrase it will be shared by thousands of dog and cat lovers. Where are the human being lovers these days? Where is our compassion? I have posted missing posters of woman who have children that have somehow vanished and I can't get 1 share.
I have figured out the reason for this. People in most cases can only relate to something that has personally touched there own lives. A missing person poster on Facebook is no fun, it doesn't make you laugh. It is a heavy, unfortunate situation and unless you have had a person close to you go missing, it's hard to relate to. If something terrible happened to my family member, I would want people to share my loved ones poster, or my own poster for example. We all donate to causes, sometimes I find myself being solicited for causes on a daily basis, from the grocery store to the girl scouts who knock on my door. I don't have a girl scout in my house and I don't have a child with epilepsy but I still donate a dollar here and there.
Sierra Lamar Kidnapped
When I ask you to share a poster, I'm not asking you to dig into your wallet for me. Sharing a post is pretty simple. So why is so hard to get people to help spread awareness? Is it because the people who I work with are adult missing people? Adults generally do not garner the same attention as children but I think a missing mother of 3 is just as important. When you share an adults missing poster, you are not just getting that persons face exposure, you are also giving the family hope. Hope that someone might recognize them, hope that they will be found and also just the comfort in knowing people CARE, they CARE enough to post your family members picture. This is kind of the same logic as the power of group prayer, the more people pray (supposedly) the more possibility your prayer will be answered.
Missing- Billy Smolinski
Let me give you some statistics from USDA.GOV on missing adults that help you see how COMMON this is:
Reports of missing persons have increased by 6x in the past 25 years, from 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year.
Slightly more than half 25,500 of the missing are men.
4 out of 10 missing adults are white, three of 10 black and two of 10 Latino.
--> 2300 people per day go missing including both adults and children<--
This is not a movie. It is real life
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