NANCY GRACE COMMENTARY: Fighting the predators
By Nancy Grace
Nancy Grace testifies to Congress Wednesday about protecting children from sexual predators.
NEW YORK (CNN) -- I head to Washington today with high hopes of effecting change for the better.
After years of prosecuting hard-core child molesters and predators, I realize that stopping them one-by-one, case-by-case, jury-by-jury, is no longer enough.
We are taking the fight to the steps of Congress with the firm belief lawmakers will hear our voices. (Watch Nancy Grace's testimony -- 7:53)
Leading the fight is a young girl, Masha, whose story of being adopted out of a Russian orphanage straight into the hands of an American pedophile was profiled on our Headline News show.
Horrific pornographic photos of this young girl, and others like her, will remain on the Internet forever, never to be erased.
Masha was 5-years-old when she was adopted by an American man, Matthew Mancuso, who brought her to the United States.
Masha told me that when he showed her new home, outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she didn't have a bedroom -- in fact didn't even have her own bed. She'd be sleeping with him.
Masha says within days he began sexually assaulting her and later posted graphic nude images of her online. Child pornography investigators used the background in those pictures to pinpoint Mancuso's location.
When authorities came to the house in 2003, for the first time Masha told somebody about the abuse. Mancuso was arrested.
Masha survived her ordeal: Today she's 13 and has a new adoptive mother. She told me on my show last January that she'd like to be a graphic artist. Her attacker has a minimum 35-year prison sentence for what he did to Masha.
Masha puts her new life on hold today to tell her story to lawmakers; hoping lessons from her ordeal can help authorities crack down on abuse and exploitation.
Along with Masha, I will testify today before a House subcommittee holding hearings on Internet child sex predators.
The words "A child shall lead them..." could never be more true. I hope Congress not only hears her voice, but acts swiftly and strongly.
The fight is on.
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