General Gansler Honored with Champion of Online Safety Award
PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 13, 2009) - Attorney
General Douglas F. Gansler has received the Stop Internet Predators’ Champion
of Online Safety Award, an award given to those individuals whose
leadership has been crucial in combating the online sexual exploitation
of our nation’s children. The award is part of an effort
by Stop Internet Predators to recognize leaders who have the vision
and ability to educate parents and communities on emerging online
child safety issues and empowers them to protect their children’s
privacy and safety.
“Attorney General Gansler has been diligent about proposing,
drafting and successfully advocating for legislation to protect
Maryland children from sexual predators,” said Stacie Rumenap,
Executive Director of Stop Internet Predators.
As Attorney General, I have made it a priority to educate parents,
students and members of the law enforcement and education communities
about online safety,” said Attorney General Gansler. “I
am honored to receive this award in recognition of the great
strides we, as a state, have made in developing strategies and
programs to help protect our children from the underbelly of
In his first two years in office, Attorney General Gansler has
been a leader in Internet safety, and successfully has:
the C.L.I.C.K.S. Initiative to equip community leaders with the
resources to teach students and their parents about Internet
- Reached agreements with MySpace and Facebook to protect
children from online predators and inappropriate content.
an agreement with Craigslist that resulted in the elimination
of its “erotic services” section.
Stop Internet Predators
is a project of Stop Child Predators, which brings together a
team of policy experts, law enforcement
officers, community leaders, and parents who persuade lawmakers
and the public to enact policies that protect America’s children
from sexual predators. Stop Child Predators is the only national
organization that leads campaigns in every state to advocate legislation
that prevents the sexual exploitation of children and protects
the rights of child victims.
Also honored with the Champion of Online Safety Award were Attorneys
General Patrick C. Lynch of Rhode Island, Roy Cooper of North Carolina,
Bill McCollum of Florida and Jim Hood of Mississippi.