No parent wants a law named after their child. It’s time we start enacting laws to protect our children’s innocence before violence strikes, not after.
-Brent King, Protect the Joy founder
In the Spring of 2010, Chelsea King, teenage daughter of Protect the Joy founder Brent King, was sexually assaulted and murdered on a sunny San Diego afternoon while running in a public park. She was a senior in high school with a stack of college applications waiting on her desk.
This was not the predator’s first sexual attack on a child. The despair that gripped the King family and community was galvanized into action. Applying evidence-based research, Chelsea’s Law was drafted and passed unanimously in California in a record-breaking 60 days. It’s now the model, nationwide, for protecting kids from sexual predators.
The combined power of voice, vision, and legislation proven, the King family realized their mission to protect children had only begun. And so, Protect the Joy was born.
Tyler King, brother of Chelsea King, explores his personal pain and the devastating toll of sexual violence.
Watch Your Step: A Chelsea King Documentary