In the United States, approximately 90,000 people are missing at any point in time, according to Todd Matthews of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. He told USA Today that 50,000 of those missing persons are adults.
And the majority of those adults are female.
Sadly, Sadie Robertson, “Dancing with the Stars” runner-up and daughter of “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson, almost fell into that statistic.
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happy Father's Day to you ? this day is a special one. We get to honor the men who lead our families. Dad, I couldn't be more proud of you. I have watched you lead our family through the years we were living quietly out in the woods, to the years we were living painfully public all over everything. With each new journey I watched you dive into the word deeper, I watched you love mom harder, and I watched you become a father even better. You did what you had to do to equip yourself to lead, and sometimes those things weren't easy. I believe that is how we came out stronger than ever, because of the way you lead. Don't think we don't take note of the notes you leave for mom all over the house, your bible that is literally duck taped from how much you study, and the meals you cook us to show us you love us. You are a leader to the core. I used to be embarrassed when people say I'm JUST like you… now I couldn't be more honored to be just like you. Love you dad ??
The 20-year-old Louisiana native took to Instagram on Monday night and opened up about her gratitude for escaping the terrifying experience:
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I smile with joy, peace, and thankfulness tonight before going to bed. Tonight was a very frightening night. I walked out into the parking garage and saw a white van parked beside my car with 3 men that had previously been following me in the mall.You hear this story all the time… I won't go into the details of mine however I'm very thankful tonight to be writing y'all a message of awareness. Even though we serve a GOOD God let me remind you that scary things can happen at anytime, because until the day Jesus comes back evil will still be in the world. First off, I want to encourage you in saying that that's when the promises of the Lord are something we have to truly be so thankful for. Today more than any I'm thankful to be able to have joy knowing I'm protected in the shadow of His wing, I'm thankful my heart is able to have peace before I close my eyes though something got my heart beating pretty fast earlier today, I'm thankful I do not have to fear anything in the world because this world is not my home, I'm thankful for the big picture, and honestly I'm really thankful for good people. For my earthly dad who answered the phone to calm my Spirit, and for my Heavenly Father who sends His Spirit to comfort me. For people like @hillsongunited for the words of their songs that I had embedded in my brain when thoughts of fear were wanting to take over. This may sound foreign to you, and if it is don't feel to lost… I hope some of my videos on YouTube can answer some questions. You can have that same thankfulness and protection. Secondly, I want to encourage everyone to be aware of your surroundings. We hear this a lot, but then we also snap chat a lot if ya know what I mean. We aren't necessarily the most aware of our surroundings generation, but a minute of not paying attention tonight could of created a whole different life for me. Be aware, always be in prayer, trust your "weird feelings" (Spirit Checks), and call your accountability ALWAYS no matter how sure you are of the situation. We all need help every now and then… don't be afraid to ask. I'm praying for bravery over every person who encounters a situation like the one I did tonight.
Her caption read, in part:
Tonight was a very frightening night. I walked out into the parking garage and saw a white van parked beside my car with 3 men that had previously been following me in the mall. You hear this story all the time…
Although she spared her 2.8 million followers the nightmarish details, she expressed her gratitude for being aware of her surroundings enough to avoid whatever might have happened:
You hear this story all the time … I won’t go into the details of mine however I’m very thankful tonight to be writing y’all a message of awareness tonight … let me remind you that scary things can happen at anytime.
And, of course, she thanked her father, CEO of Duck Commander, for answering her phone call, calming her down, and keeping her safe:
For my earthly dad who answered the phone to calm my Spirit, and for my Heavenly Father who sends His Spirit to comfort me.
She continued, urging people to learn a lesson from her and to pay attention:
I want to encourage everyone to be aware of your surroundings. We hear this a lot, but then we also snap chat [sic] a lot if ya know what I mean. We aren’t necessarily the most [aware-of-our-surroundings] generation, but a minute of not paying attention tonight could of created a whole different life for me.
And lastly, she implored everyone to listen to their “weird feelings”:
Be aware, always be in prayer, trust your “weird feelings” … and call your accountability ALWAYS no matter how sure you are of the situation. We all need help every now and then … don’t be afraid to ask.
Dr. Gail Gross, Human Behavior, Parenting, and Education Ph.D., Ed.D., echoed this sentiment, writing that one of the most important rules to follow when it comes to safety is:
What is OK and what is not OK, and have confidence to take action if you feel someone is trying to take advantage of you.
Robertson is currently on a motivational speaking tour called Live Original, where she sets to “spread her message of positivity and self-confidence to her peers,” and she recently published her second book, titled, “Life Just Got Real.”
She concluded her post by saying she’d be “praying for bravery” in anyone who “encounters a situation” like hers.