"Schools act the same basic way the church did — by moving their own from one place to another," she said. "How many complaints does it take to arrest a teacher? A lot. They're overly protective when it comes to investigating sexual complaints — it takes three complaints over three years. Most kids wait three to 15 years to ever disclose, and most times teachers are reinstated upon appeal. It just comes down to a liability issue. That's how schools seem to view it."
Just after the horrific crime, she started the Joyful Child Foundation in honor of her daughter.
"I wanted to transform all of the instant compassion we received into ongoing prevention," she said. And so she did.
"I had no idea how common child sexual molestation is, and no idea how common abduction is," Erin explained. "There are 58,000 children taken every year in this country, and that has been consistent for a long time. And those are not crimes committed by a family member — that's just by acquaintances and strangers. Of those, about 115 are cases like Samantha's."