In 2005, nine-year-old Jessica Lunsford was abducted, raped, and murdered by a twice-convicted sex offender in Florida.
Stop Child Predators' story begins with Jessica's story.
When Cary Katz, a businessman and father of six, heard the heartbreaking story of Jessica's death at the hands of a convicted sex offender, he recognized that the United State's justice system had to do a better job of punishing predators and protecting children.
Inspired and determined by this conviction, Katz founded Stop Child Predators (SCP) in 2006 to combat the sexual exploitation of children in America.
Under the leadership of President Stacie Rumenap, for over a decade SCP has brought together a team of policy experts, law enforcement officers, community leaders, and parents to launch state and federal campaigns to inform lawmakers and the public about policy changes that will protect America’s children from sexual predators.
At the time of Jessica's death in 2005, the average child molester spent only three years of a seven-year sentence in prison before being released back into society (Bureau of Justice Statistics).
In 2006, SCP's crafted The Sexual Offenses Against Children Act, model legislation inspired by Florida’s Jessica’s Law. The law, named in honor of Jessica, mandates a minimum 25-year prison sentence and lifetime electronic monitoring for adults convicted of lewd and lascivious acts against a child under the age of 12.
SCP has passed versions of Jessica's Law in forty-six states and continues to work to enact the legislation in Illinois, New York, Hawaii, and Idaho. Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford, chairs our organization’s advisory board and remains committed to working with SCP to insure that Jessica's Law protects children in all 50 states.
In addition to fighting to pass Jessica’s Law in the four remaining states, SCP works to protect children from sexual exploitation by combating internet predators through Stop Internet Predators initiative, reforming the Sex Offender Registry, advocating for the elimination of rape kit backlogs, supporting Jenna's Law and Chelsea's Law, and launching thorough education programs for parents and policy makers. Stop Child Predators in a 50l (c)(3) organization.