One quarter of elementary school children in the US will fall victim to one abuse or another.
Every 107 seconds, a sexual assault occurs in the US.
Two percent of the population will be victimized by some violent crime.
Between 1%-5% of the population molests children.
The majority of serial killers are male, white, and in their mid twenties to early thirties, but 1 in 6 are female.
Thirty percent of female serial killers have killed at least one child.
I look around at the people crowded into the skating rink while these statistics roll around in my head.
Which child has been abused? Which father rapes his daughter every night? Which mother beats her son for leaving his dirty clothes on the floor? Who buried a body under their bedroom floorboards?
Rage builds inside me. My need to protect them overwhelms me. Who do I pick? Who do I follow home? Who lives? Who dies? It doesn't matter. I will shield them all.
They will all come home with me.
The explosion rips through the building as screams fill the air.
Statistics be damned.