Industry News | May 2, 2006

Child Advocacy Organization Calls for Boycott of McDonald's

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The National Foundation to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (NFPCSA) is calling for a nationwide boycott of McDonald's restaurants in light of the revelation last night by Nashville station WTVF that numerous McDonald's restaurants across the country have hired convicted sex offenders despite the fact that these offenses could have easily been uncovered through background checks.

Jody Gorran, founder and president of the NFPCSA, and also known as "Mr. Background Check," said, "It is absolutely unconscionable for an organization such as McDonald's, which holds itself out to the public as a safe, child-friendly environment, to allow restaurants in their system to knowingly or unknowingly hire convicted sex offenders to work in such close contact with children who come in either as customers or as fellow employees!"

Gorran contends that retrospective studies of adults suggest that 1 of 3 girls and 1 of 6 boys will be subjected to some form of sexual abuse by age 18. These studies further indicate that 46 percent of child molesters are non-family members who are known to their victims.

The NFPCSA reveals that sexual predators are generally unrecognizable to the community and parents of children. Child molesters who are known to their victims are frequently trusted adults in the community, like teachers, scoutmasters, coaches, day care workers, volunteers and employees of other youth-serving organizations, clergy, friends of the family, and neighbors. These are the people with whom we entrust our children on a daily basis.

Gorran believes the odds are very good that there are volunteers and employees in your community sexually molesting your children or your child's friends. Why does he believe this? "Because most child victims do not tell," says Gorran. "That's why a child molester can have as many as 150 victims before he's ever caught. Unlike a bank robbery, where everyone knows that a crime has been committed, because most child victims do not tell, no one else knows that there has been a crime," Gorran explained.

"That's why it is so important that organizations that provide services to children do in-depth background checks of their employees and volunteers, preferably using fingerprint checks through the FBI, whether it's the local McDonald's, the local Little League, or the local Boy Scouts," says Gorran.