Chelsea King’s story is well known throughout California as both a tragedy and source of inspiration to children, parents and politicians. Chelsea’s Law passed in 2011 as a result of unanimous bipartisan support that serves as a model for the nation. Chelsea’s Shield, our newest foundation, was created with the singular purpose of keeping America’s children safer from the daily threats of the worst sexual predators by strengthening legislation that currently fails to protect our kids from these vicious offenders.
We have set out to ignite massive change in our society for the sole benefit of children everywhere. Our documentary is a hard hitting, emotionally charged film that tells Chelsea’s story through the insightful eyes of her brother Tyler.
The story is captured through the lenses of Emmy-award winning director, Bruce Caulk and will be brought to life in collaboration with Scot Wolfe, co-producer of the viral Internet video “KONY 2012.” The goal of the documentary is to inspire our current generation of children to rise up, as one powerful voice, to demand change in existing law and to help save their own lives.
We need your generous financial support to help us make this happen. Join us to fuel the change required to protect our nation’s greatest asset — our children.
In February of 2010, Chelsea King, a 17-year-old high school senior went on a training run after school on some trails in a community park not far from her home. As an avid cross-country runner, Chelsea ran for the pure love of running. An anomaly these days, she ran without headphones, as she loved hearing and seeing nature. About a mile into her run, she was brutally attacked, raped and murdered.
The 31-year-old coward who did this was previously convicted of a violent sex offense. He served five years in jail for the beating and rape of a 13-year-old girl. Once released, he violated his parole on countless occasions, including the fact that his static GPS identified him near elementary schools constantly. None of this caused law enforcement to act to re-arrest him. Instead, he was granted release from parole and required to live as a registered sex offender, which he in turn violated as well.
There are over 700,000 registered sex offenders in the United States today, with a shockingly large percentage of them focused on targeting children – our children, your children, children who have no “voice” but who look to us to keep them safe. The average jail sentence imposed in the US on those who rape children is three to seven years.
After Chelsea was taken, Brent and Kelly King created Chelsea’s Light Foundation, a 501(c)3 which exists to “uphold the inherent right to experience the innocence and joy of childhood, and to unleash the potential of an engaged community.” Through the work of Chelsea’s Light, State legislation was passed unanimously so that California’s 9.3 million children are now safer from violent sexual predators. Chelsea’s Law creates a one-strike law that requires life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) for those who violently rape a child.
Our goal is to engage over one million Changemakers who will speak with one voice to send a message so clear and so loud that reform to protect our children is undeniable. With the directorial assistance of an Emmy Award-winning documentarian and a producer whose last documentary prompted 105 million social media hits in its first week, we are creating a documentary to share this unmistakable message.
Told through the voice of Tyler King and from his perspective as Chelsea’s younger brother and friend, the documentary is intended to inspire children to demand that they will not be the next victims and that their parents and community must get engaged with the passing of sweeping legislation. No 13-year-old boy should have to tell this story, but Tyler’s conviction that this tragedy cannot happen to another family has enabled him to find his voice. In addition to its viral nature, this 24-minute film will be utilized in school systems across the country as a training tool to educate children on the potential risks that surround them, but more importantly, on the need to remove known sexual predators who pose the greatest threat.
From their unspeakable tragedy the Kings chose for hope to prevail and have recently created a 501(c)4, Chelsea’s Shield, to embody that hope with multiplier effect. Our request is straightforward. We are asking that you join us, not only in sharing our hope for the future of our children, but in creating the change that will help to protect them.