Chances are, if you have had access to any source of media within the last week, you have heard the disturbing story of Ariel Castro and the Cleveland kidnappings. At this point, many questions are still left unanswered, and America is once again left wondering how someone could do such horrific things to innocent individuals. As we witness one of the most shocking news stories of 2013, and rejoice in the discovery of the three young ladies, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, we must do more than simply observe and speculate. While Ariel Castro has received a great amount of media coverage, he is only one of many sick and twisted abductors who have abandoned any sense of morale and stolen the lives of young, innocent children. It is our duty as American citizens, as neighbors, as parents, and as friends to educate ourselves on how we can prevent such atrocities from happening.
One of the most effective ways we can help prevent occurrences such as the Ariel Castro abductions is to take advantage of a "no stalking order," an order of protection. In Illinois, a person is legally permitted to file an order of protection on behalf of another individual. In situations where a minor is involved, there is the added power of DCFS behind the protective order, which can arguably be considered more effective than the power of police involvement alone.