from sleep away camps today, no matter how long your child spends away from you camps, no matter how long your child should be child should be concerned safety should always be concerned about this issue this is the first time you run your kids off this summer summer executive director of crime in Houston crime stoppers of Houston run human carry us here with the top We are here with the top 5 things.

top 5 things.

>> All parents should know it is 5 things.

>> All parents should know it's a heavy topic, but it's one >> All parents should know it is a heavy topic a heavy topic, but it's going to be great that needs to happen back to you.

back to you.

>> And the statistics are truly to be.

>> And the statistics are truly staggering just looking at even >> And the statistics are truly staggering just 2018 yet staggering just looking at even last year and 2018 last year and 2018 and we've been studying camps for the last 5 years and what we we've been studying camps for the last 5 years and what we found was absolutely shocking the last 5 years and what we found was absolutely shocking we alone found over 700 cases found was absolutely shocking we alone found over 700 cases of sexually assaulted at we alone found over 700 cases of sexually assaulted at camp.

You know where where they of sexually assaulted at camp.

You know where they have almost no recourse camp.

You know where they are in Texas, we know have almost no recourse and then in Texas, we know the last year there were 4.

Camp then in Texas, we know it in the past.

Camp employees at assaulted about 9 Last year there were 4.

Camp employees at assaulted about 9 kids that's just what we know employees at assaulted about 9 kids that's just what we know and we are we dove into it we kids that's just what we know and we're doing a little glaring lack it is a glaring lack of oversight when it comes realized there's a glaring lack of oversight of oversight when it comes to camps and we can not let this go on cancer wonderful camps and we can not let this go on cancer let's go to cancer place we want our kids to go and enjoy everything camp has to offer.

But there can not be an and enjoy everything camp has to offer.

But there can not be an institution that kids go to to offer.

But there can not be an institution that kids go to that has this type of oversight institution that kids go to that has this type of oversight so we've got to dive in that has this type of oversight so we've got a look at this so we've got to see you in this way take a look at this well and I know you mentioned that there is a huge lack of oversight but know you mentioned that there is a huge lack of oversight but is not there an accreditation a huge lack of oversight but is not there an accreditation process for so many counts.

is not there an accreditation process for so many counts.

That's what's so interesting process for so many counts.

That's what's so interesting in the state of Texas, the campus That's what's so interesting in Texas, the campus run by DSHS and basically what the state of Texas, the campus run by DSHS run by DSHS and basically what they look at is the state of health they look at is the state of health services, what they're looking Department of state health services, what they're looking for is the environment safe.

services, what they're looking for is the environment safe.

The physical structure of the at is the environment safe.

The physical structure of the campus The physical structure of the campus campus sound food and sanitation sanitation not if the kids are actually actually know and then when you look at things like there's a requirement for background look at things like there's a requirement for background checks, but what do we do with requirements for background checks, but what do we do with foreign counselors, we know checks, but what do we do with foreign counselors, we know there are over 20,004 and foreign counselors, we know there are over 20,004 and camps, every year.

there are over 20,004 and camps, every year.

We're working with camps, every year.

We're working with representative Jim Murphy were We're working with representative Jim Murphy were so thrilled that he just representative Jim Murphy were so thrilled that he has just champion legislative changes so so thrilled that he has just champion legislative changes House bill 4, 3, 7, to is what legislative champion changes House bill 4, 3, 7, to what we're following to make sure House bill 4, 3, 7, is what we're following to make sure that they're assaulted we're following to make sure that they're assaulted in camp have a means that kids if they're assaulted in camp in camp did not mean that to even reports because that did not even exist before.

So we're did not even exist before.

So we're encouraging everybody to just exist before.

So we're encouraging everybody to just take a look at it again encouraging everybody to make it work take a look at it hurt camps but to understand that there was oversight and kids have been understand that there's been an oversight Oversight and kids have been the one to pay the price the one to pay the price and know that this is an issue know that this is an issue well so knowledge is power right and so what should parents do and one number Right and so what should parents do with this number parents do this and one number one this starts with communicating with your kids this starts with communicating with your kids whether it's a sleepaway camp or a day camp with your kids if it's a sleepaway camp or a day camp for just a couple of hours sleepaway camp or a day camp for a couple of hours for a couple of hours because of your children, no longer in your present right because of the kids your children, no longer in your present right no longer in your present right where you sleep away, you know where they sleep, you know they're taking showers they're where they sleep away, you know they're taking showers they're eating their swimming there they're taking showers they're eating their presence there having their swimming there with the presence of their counselor with the presence of their counselor of their counselor talk to your kids about what can happen.

They have to talk to your kids about what can happen They have to be comfortable with their camp what can happen.

They have to be comfortable with their camp counselor be comfortable with their camp counselor counselor they have to make sure that there is always one or two people sure that there is always one or two people 2 people with whom the structured way of life is not leaving them alone the way the structured campus it's not leaving you alone it's not leaving them alone with the numbers.

with the numbers are often kept from a word code.

Kids can not call when their camp keep from a word code.

Kids can not call when their camp you know United day can not give Kids can not call to their camp you know you know how to make it work they have a code to reach you so that they can communicate that they're to you so that they can communicate that they're uncomfortable and Ivan make they're uncomfortable and Ivan make sure your campus actually uncomfortable and Ivan make sure your campus is actually accredited by a 3rd party on your campus actually accredited by a 3rd party like stadium or American accredited by a 3rd party like stadium or American camp Association like per stadium or american camp camp those places actually look into camps can camp Association those places actually look into camps can spend a lot of money to be actually look into camps can spend a lot of money to be accredited with them.

So spend a lot of money to be accredited with them.

So they're investing in safety.

accredited with them.

So they're investing in safety.

These are things that are they're investing in safety.

These are things that are really important and most These are things that are really important and most people do not think it because really important and most people do not think it because you think of cancer safety people do not think it because you think of cancer I think they're fine really There's a lot of things going on I know that they're fine there I know they're fine there's some great loopholes.

The code word is there's some great loopholes.

The code is such a great idea too because loopholes.

The code is such a great idea too when kids can not.

such a great idea too when kids can not.

>> Call home and when they can when kids can not.

>> Call home and when they can call home using the presence of >> Call home and when they can call home using the presence of other kids or other counselor call home using the presence of other kids or other advisor tackling they need a safe other kids or other counselor tackling tackling they need a safe secret secret way to communicate writing and writing a letter and sometimes those letters are read Let's read about how wonderful camp can be.

about how wonderful camp can be.

>> But think about the fact that be.

>> But think about the fact that those who might have the intention >> But think about the fact that these people those who could have a good time to harm kids as well great place to go Primary exposure to kids so you want to make sure your children are set up that day.

you want to make sure your children are set up that day.

They understand you know that children are set up that day.

They understand you know it's a fun place, but they have They understand you know it's a fun place, but they have their guards up to it's a fun place, but they have their guards to have their guards up to study the camp owners look at their history.

Figure out if study the camp owners look at their history.

Figure out if you can tell which their history.

Figure out if you can tell where your child is in you can tell which is your child child is in the family who was that counts or has anyone else Anyone else has that they are how long they've been at the camp are how long they've been at the camp they're new to the camp where did they come from the camp are they new to the camp where did they come from before the case the catalysts where did they come from before the case in Texas involve before the case the catalysts case in Texas involve the sexual assault of a young case for us in Texas involving the sexual assault of a young boy just 9 years old that camp the sexual assault of a young boy just 9 years old boy just 9 years old that camp counselor had been removed miss uh you know counselor had been removed miss uh you know miss uh you know how to behave just down the street inappropriate behavior just a camp down the street you're kidding no one and started out camp down the street you're kidding no one and get help kidding no one and getting help and evade a very prominent Texas camp it took and get help and evade a very prominent Texas camp it took years and years prominent Texas camp it took years and years years and years and years this family to fight this case and.

>> What we discovered through and.

>> What we discovered through the process of working with >> What we discovered through the process of working with us Texas camps, the other they think it's been to Texas camps, the other thing I think is really comes to Texas camps, the other thing I think is really important when you look at I think it's really important to look after you important when you look at your parents the age because sometimes when your child is going to be parents when you see that your child is going to be your child is going to go to a day camp.

to go to a day camp.

>> Or a sleepaway camp and day camp.

>> A sleepaway camp and that's about about maybe 4 to >> A sleepaway camp and that's about 4 to 6 years ago that's roughly about maybe 4 to 6 years 6 years all breaks for the camp sleepaway but for those day camps.

sleepaway camp but for those day camps.

>> As a parent you're those day camps.

>> As a parent you're thinking oh a highly send my >> As a parent you're thinking thinking oh a highly send my kid to camp you know they can have that excitement kid to camp you know they can have that excitement but then you have to consider have that excitement but then you have to consider the age of that But then you have to consider the age of child at 4, 6, on the topic of the child at 4, 6, And what types of conversations child at 4, 6, and what types of conversations should we have And what types of conversations should we have that younger child.

should we have with that younger child.

>> Or the research that involves younger child.

>> Or the research that involves with those younger kid >> Or the research that involves with those younger children, you know I always say with those younger kid children, you know i always say children, you know I always say if your child is not old enough to handle the conversation.

if your child is not old enough to handle the conversation.

They're not old enough to be to handle the conversation.

They are not old enough to be in that right situation They are not old enough to be in that situation right so it's about in this situation right so it's about inappropriate touching its about exposure.

so it's about inappropriate touching its about exposure.

It's about somebody that's touching its about exposure.

It's about somebody that's asking them to break the rules, It's about somebody that's asking them to break the rules, you know there's a way to have You are here to break the rules, you know there's a way to have these conversations in an age you know there's a way to have these conversations in an age these conversations in an age appropriate manner we are not scaring your children we are not scaring your children but you're giving them.

Tea scaring your children but you're giving them.

The information they need to pull you're giving them.

The information they need to get away from in case something happens information they need to get away from it from in case something happens or they find themselves in a situation and purpose or they find themselves in a situation and but a camp for kids and overnight camps beyond that kids and a camp for kids and overnight camps, they're exposed to hiking, kids and overnight camps, they're exposed to hopping, they're exposed to ropes they're exposed to hiking, they're exposed to ropes racing and Texas up they're exposed to ropes racing and Texas up until this year the won Texas Texas swimming and Texas up until this year until this year the won Texas was swimming was 35 kids and like a nature outdoor pool, a were swimming was 35 kids and like a nature outdoor pool, a swamp with 2 like a nature outdoor pool, a swamp with 2 2 people in hearing distance 2 swamp with 2 2 people in hearing distance 2 people in hearing distance 2 adults and hearing distance for 35 children.

So there's a lot adults and hearing distance for 35 children.

So there's a lot of things 35 children.

So there's a lot of things going on that we have to do and stop when it comes to these incredible facilities and say when it comes to these incredible facilities and say they are wonderful.

But are they incredible facilities and say they are wonderful.

But they are safe as they should be given they're wonderful.

But they are safe as they should be given it's 2019 and relieving as safe as it is 2019 and relieving our kids completely in their that it's 2019 and relieving our kids completely in their care.

Ryan.

our kids completely in their care.

Ryan.

>> Very important conversation care.

Ryan.

>> Very important conversation we've got to leave it there at >> Very important conversation we've got to leave you.