July 6, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The parents of
teen who was kidnapped and murdered last month by a paroled convict, are teaming up with Chelsea's Light to help pass a law that will protect
children from the tragedy they suffered recently.
Kathlynn's Law would be based on a similar measure called Chelsea's Law, which passed in
in 2010. That law was named after
, a 17-year
girl who was raped and murdered by a man who was out on parole after serving just five years in prison for sexually assaulting his 13-year-old neighbor.
In addition to a one-strike provision for sexual predators who rape children, Chelsea's Law enhanced monitoring of paroled sex offenders and other criminals thought to be dangerous to children.
Michael and Denise Shepard
are working with Chelsea's Light, the organization founded by Chelsea's parents,
Brent and Kelly King
, to help strengthen
laws and protect others from tragedies like the one their family is suffering.
"Michael and Denise are overwhelmed with grief over the loss of Kathlynn, but like our family, they want to channel their grief toward a measure that can help prevent known dangerous criminals from preying on someone else's child," said
. "Nothing can bring Kathlynn back, but they can honor her memory by helping to make
children safer through Kathlynn's
King, who championed Chelsea's Law in
, founded Chelsea's Light and its legislative-advocacy arm, Chelsea's Shield, to raise awareness about child sexual assault and pass laws to help prevent it. Since the effort to pass Chelsea's Law was officially launched in March, legislative efforts to pass the one-strike and other child-safety provisions have moved forward in
SOURCE Chelsea's Shield