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Local Man Donates Mustang to Protect Kids

Joe DiPietro and Protect Mass Children are on a mission to fight sexual abuse.

Joe DiPietro spent more than two years working on his prized 1966 Ford Mustang. He describes it as his "love." And now he's giving it away to protect children from sexual predators.

"I’m the co-founder and president of Protect Mass Children, born here in North Andover, and (child advocacy) is dear to me; my wife and family have been personally affected by sexual abuse," DiPietro told selectmen Monday night as he announced the fundraiser.

Protect Mass Children, a nonprofit advocacy group that promotes tougher penalties for sex offenders and public education about sexual abuse, will hold a fundraiser next month in which that Mustang -- valued at more than $48,000 -- will be raffled off.

Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the organization's various efforts including education programs for parents and children, support programs for sexual abuse victims and legislation efforts to enact tougher mandatory sentencing for sex offenders.

Tickets are $100 and can be purchased on the organization's Web site, protectmasschildren.org. The winner will be announced on Sept. 17 at the organization's "Voice for the Victims" fundraiser event at Boston Harley Davidson in Revere. The motorcycle run will go from Revere to Salem. Participants in the raffle do not have to attend the event to win.

"We know times are tough," DiPietro said. "But we’re just asking people to help us; help us help your kids."

Sex Offense Stats

  • Accoring to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, in 2009, Massachusetts had the highest rate of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in the country, twice the national average.
  • In Massachusetts alone, an average of hundreds of children are reported abused every day, according to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.
  • Massachusetts has an average of more than 30 sex offenders per city and town. North Andover has 21 offenders who are "level 1" and one offender who is "level 3." Level 3 is reserved for the more severe crimes and perpetrators most likely to re-offend.
  • According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the average pedophile has nearly 250 victims in their lifetime.
  • Only one to two percent of child sexual abusers are strangers to their victims.

 

Rudy101 August 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM
"According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the average pedophile has nearly 250 victims in their lifetime." You know what is so dangerous? The registry doesn't hold only pedophiles, but anyone the State decides and then this newspaper puts out misleading statistics that imply all the people on a registry have had 250 different victims. In fact, only a small percentage of the registry is made up of pedophiles. Who can tell the difference? Who cares, eh? In fact, the registry makes the community more dangerous by making desperate outcasts. This is the reason the registry can be avoided by any means possible. It is to protect the community. See, all you people have is the assertion of protection. I can prove that your registry does nothing BUT takes away safety and/or security, and passed ex-post facto. Your registry laws don't have to be followed because you people won't do the legal thing and have hearings in front of an independent tribunal or judge and balance the rights of individuals with the rights of the community (read: show dangerousness). You just want the power to place whomever you want on a registry and then systematically banish them from your community over a period of years. Free country? Hardly. Despotic and totalitarian? absolutely. Care about rights? NEVER. Assert rights that don't exist? (the rights of victims) which have nothing to do with rights to live peaceably.
Joe August 23, 2011 at 05:53 PM
According to the Department of Mental Health the average "pedophile" not a sex offender on the registry.. A PEDOPHILE!!! has an average of 244 victims in their lifetime. These statistics are not only scary, they are unacceptable and should have been acted upon far sooner than when the study was performed in 1985. Children deserve a future clear of any form of abuse, especially sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is the most underreported crime and the most expensive on victims and our society. Shame on a society that doesn't put children first. A child who has been sexually abused will serve a life sentence; pedophiles should share the same fate. It’s not justice; it’s a solution to protect additional children from predators who continue to re-offend. If you harm a child, you should never be given a second chance to re-offend.

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