September 6, 2011
Decades after he survived
a year-long kidnapping ordeal, George Molho continues to promote child safety and kidnapping awareness.
Molho, author of Scarred: a Memoir
, was kidnapped
by his father at age seven. He survived a year of captivity and torture until his rescue in 1979.
Molho, now a counselor as well as a child safety advocate, hopes to teach people, children and adults alike, to be survivors
My kidnapping took away who I was to be. So I had to remake myself. I had to create myself. That was the most profound change on my life, Molho told ABC15
According the to National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, every year in America an estimated 800,000 children are reported missing.
for parents and children includes encouraging strong communication and trusting your instincts.
In addition, Molho insists that children need to have parental permission to kick, scream, or fight back in anyway if a kidnapping begins.
You need to tell them its okay to do whatever it takes to get away and get anyones attention
Its like giving them rocket fuel.
Molho promotes the parents equipping their children
to deal with threatening situations as they arise.