“A mile a minute – that is how fast your child can disappear.”
Those are the haunting and truthful words posted on the website for Klaas Kids. As a legacy to his daughter, Marc founded KlaasKids Foundation to help stop crimes against children. You can hear from him and ask questions about how to prevent kidnapping and crimes against kids. Keep reading for the details.
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If you’re like me it’s hard to read those words or think about Polly Klaas without a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. My heart still breaks and tears brim in my eyes when I think about hers and so many other stories of abused kids. Somewhere deep inside I just want to not think about it, but I know that ignorance and ignoring will only perpetuate and strengthen the very thing Marc is fighting against.
Here is an excerpt from Marc’s journal that is posted online:
“There is nothing that can prepare one for a murder trial. My family sits as the last few hours in Polly’s life are dissected, analyzed, de-constructed, reconstructed, cross-referenced and compartmentalized. The constant assault on our sensibilities by horrible revelations that defy the principles of civilization seem overwhelming much of the time. It is impossible to withstand or rise above the continual dehumanizing facts that are revealed in a constant, monotonous stream of revelation. There is no room for anything but the processing of nightmarish information. The killer laughs throughout the video tape and I want to shout, yet I must sit unflinching and stone-faced for fear of causing a mistrial. Every day my family is drawn into the world of murder, mayhem, rape and deprivation and there is no way out.”