Joe DiPietro is the president and co-founder of Protect Mass Children, a grass roots organization created to protect children from sexual predators. He’s also the owner of a fully restored 1966 Ford Mustang GT Fastback, which he refers to as his most prized possession. However, DiPietro’s wife and family have been personally affected by sexual abuse, leading him to start Protect Mass Children and motivating him to raffle the Mustang at a fundraising event next month.
The car, which is valued at $48,000, was fully restored by DiPietro over a two year period, yet it is being given away for an awesome cause–protecting children in Massachusetts from sexual predators. To get involved, just visit the Protect Mass Children website and visit the raffle page. Tickets are only $100, and you don’t need to be present at the fundraiser to win the Mustang. The proceeds raised from the raffle and event will go towards various efforts including education programs for parents and children, support programs for sexual abuse victims and legislation efforts to enact tougher mandatory sentencing for sex offenders.
The North Andover Patch also reported some facts on sex offenses in Massachusetts and nationwide:
- Accoring to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, in 2009, Massachusetts had the highest rate of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in the country, twice the national average.
- In Massachusetts alone, an average of hundreds of children are reported abused every day, according to the Massachusetts Department of Social Services.
- Massachusetts has an average of more than 30 sex offenders per city and town. North Andover (DiPietro’s home) has 21 offenders who are “level 1″ and one offender who is “level 3.” Level 3 is reserved for the more severe crimes and perpetrators most likely to re-offend.
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the average pedophile has nearly 250 victims in their lifetime.
- Only one to two percent of child sexual abusers are strangers to their victims.
While DiPietro understands times are tough, he hopes that you’ll considering making a donation to possibly drive away with a beautiful Mustang and help out this truly worthwhile cause. Hurry–only 2,500 tickets will be sold and the raffle ends September 16!