$1 to be part of Daniel’s team

IS IT just me or can everyone spare a dollar for child safety?

It's a week since Brett Peter Cowan was found guilty of the murder of Daniel Morcombe and sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 20 years.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will appeal the sentence because it is not in line with community expectations.

Morcombe family lawyer Peter Boyce has backed a call for a public sex offenders'

register and said the required change in law should be called "Daniel's Law".

Like many people, I have been changed by Daniel's murder. I used to believe in rehabilitation and second chances for everyone. I certainly don't anymore. I agree with Jarrod Bleijie that our community expects Cowan to be in jail for the term of his natural life.

However, I think we need to be very wary of a public register. It's my understanding a teenage boy who has sex with his underage girlfriend could find himself on a sex offender's register. As could a young woman who texts an unsolicited nude photo to a male acquaintance.

While I agree allowing people like Cowan anonymity is a public safety issue, we need to be sure we have the fine detail right.

The terrible reality is there is no single legislative action we could take to stop adults preying on children. For reasons we will never

understand, some humans are just evil. No law will change it.

The best we can do is follow Bruce and Denise Morcombe's lead and teach our kids to recognise, react and report. Personal safety is not a child's responsibility, but awareness and empowerment are a good start.

In support of Bruce and Denise today 92.7 Mix FM is running Dollar for Daniel, asking every person on the Sunshine Coast to give one dollar to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

That money will buy free educational resources for schools as well as support victims of child sexual abuse.

Mix FM and the Morcombe Foundation will have volunteers collecting money from 9am-5pm today at Sunshine Plaza, Kawana Shoppingworld, Noosa Civic, Caloundra Stockland and Coles Nambour.

If you're not going to the shops today you can try online via credit card or Pay Pal at http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/donations.html

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