Congressman Steve Chabot's Remarks Concerning the SAFE Act
Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) today gave the following statement regarding the introduction of the SAFE Act, the Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act of 2007:
"I am proud to be here this afternoon with my House and Senate colleagues. I'd like to thank the distinguished Senators from Arizona and New York - Senator McCain and Senator Schumer for their leadership on this issue. I'd also like to thank my colleague, the distinguished gentleman from Texas, Mr. Lampson. Nick and I have worked closely on several issues relating to protecting children, and I'm pleased to be with him again today, particularly on critical issues such as the one we are addressing this afternoon.
"Today represents yet another critical step in our efforts to crack down on the predators who are threatening and victimizing children trying to infiltrate our communities, neighborhoods, and homes. The Securing Adolescents From Exploitation-Online Act of 2007, the SAFE Act, emphasizes our zero-tolerance policy regarding any form of child pornography.
Congressman Steve Chabot speaks about the SAFE Act with Ernie Allen, President of NCMEC; John Walsh, Host of "America's Most Wanted"; U.S. Senators McCain and Schumer; and Sheriff Mike Brown.
"We must recognize that the Internet, while providing a world of opportunity to our children, has also contributed to a worldwide expansion of child pornography - allowing predators to more easily abuse, exploit, and prey on young children. There is no doubt that the Internet has become the primary distribution and consumption vehicle for child pornography - serving as a virtual candy store for sexual predators.
"The SAFE Act builds on the investigative tools already in place under the leadership of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Through its Cyber Tipline, the Center plays a critical role interfacing between federal and state law enforcement and the public, providing valuable information to ongoing investigations. With the increased use of the Internet, the SAFE Act recognizes that electronic communications services are on the front lines of this battle, possessing real-time information critical to child pornography investigations. By requiring these electronic communication services to report this information to the Cyber Tipline as soon as reasonably possible and to maintain this information as long as needed for an investigation, the SAFE Act is giving our federal and state law enforcement and prosecutors a fighting chance to put these criminals away.
"Because child pornography is a global problem, we need the commitment and assistance of all countries. In fact, current statistics reveal that 184 countries under the watch of INTERPOL allow child pornography. The SAFE Act also authorizes U.S. law enforcement to coordinate directly with foreign law enforcement, sharing information that will assist them and us to combat this criminal activity. By attacking child pornography from all areas of the world, we can more effectively stop child pornography no matter where it starts or stops.
"Again, I want to thank my colleagues leadership on this issue and would urge my colleagues to join us in moving this important law enforcement tool."