Year End Review (2013)

Founders, Jason & Kristin Weis
Fighting to eradicate the sexual exploitation of children

We will direct our efforts, resources and energy toward the eradication of sexual exploitation, with an emphasis on the sexual exploitation of children. Whether they're victims of trafficking, forced prostitution, online enticement or child pornography
our mission is to end all sex crimes by targeting the DEMAND side of sexual exploitation. 
(Demand = Predator)

 

The Demand Project
TheDemandProject.org
The Launch and 501(c) (3) Approval


We launched the Demand Project in January of 2013 not knowing exactly where it would lead us but knew we had to continue to take action against the horrors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation 

 

We filed for our tax exemption in March and it was approved in September.

Our website was launched in August!

 

 



Jason Weis is a local advocate against child sex trafficking.  He kickstarted this bill's legislation in October after researching that agencies like ICAC lacked the funding for resources and man-power. Weis co-founded the Demand Project.  It's an organization that fights against the sexual exploitation of children.

 

Senator Dan Newberry authored Senate Bill 1002 that will create a direct line of funding to agencies fighting against child sex crimes like the Internet Crimes Against Children Oklahoma Task Force.

 

 

OSBI Director Stan Florence
Jason & Kristin Weis with OSBI Director Stan Florence
Special Relationship
Memorandum of Understanding

You can always be assured that The Demand Project is very selective in how its resources are used.  It's our intent to get the most return for our investments whether those assets are our time, our programs or our finances.

 

We formed a strategic relationship with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) and their Internet Crimes Against Children unit (ICAC) in a historic and unprecedented relationship through an agreement known as a Memorandum of Understanding.

 

The MOU states "Any gift received from The Demand Project shall be used by the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children unit for the purpose of deterring, preventing and investigating predators who seek to exploit or engage minors in sexual activity through the use of computers and the internet."

Our First Donation was $5000!

Held Our First 5K Run/Walk & Concert

Jenks RiverWalk - October 19, 2013

This year was The Demand Project's First Annual Walk Concert and 5K Run. We had a day packed with power speakers such as;

 

* Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Darrell Weaver 

* U.S. Assistant Attorney Matt Cyran

* Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris

 

Representative Pam Peterson, US Attorney Danny Williams and former Senator James Williamson were also there in support of
The Demand Project.

 

The day was brisk but heated with awareness to the heinous crime of sexual exploitation, online enticement, child pornography and sex trafficking. The community not only became aware of these crimes against children but  were able to plug into various organizations within the community fighting to prevent these crimes and restore victims that have been affected.

 

The concert rocked the RiverWalk Theater!




Golf tournament pic
Jason & Kristin Weis with Special Agent
Steve Tanner and Mrs. America Julie Pittman
First Annual Golf Tournament
Patriot Golf Club - Owasso

June 10th of this year was not only a beautiful and sunny day it marked our Annual Demand Project Golf Tournament which was a tremendous success.

 

This year's tournament took place at the gorgeous Patriot Golf Club residential course in Owasso, Oklahoma.  The winding course was designed by award winning golf course architect Robert Trent  

 

The cards were full and we raised $16,000 to benefit The Demand Project.  From that we were able to donate $5,000 to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and specifically to the Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce.

 

1st Place Team:  

ImageNet Consulting  

  • Alan Webb,  
  • John O'Hara,  
  • Jake Chominsky   
  • Austin Hackett.

2nd Place Team:  

Winters and King, Inc.  

  • Tom Winters
  • Wesley Carter   
  • C.J. Wiseley   
  • Mike Connors

3rd Place Team:   

ONB Bank and Trust     

  • Doug Terry,  
  • John Allan,  
  • Joe Starett   
  • Jerry Hudson.
Special guest speakers included Special Agent Steve Tanner with the Internet Crimes Against Children task-force, Tulsa District Attorney Tim Harris, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Agent Dennis Garza.  A special thanks to Mrs. Oklahoma, Julie Pittman for being our guest emcee.

 

To all the volunteers, participants, golfers and to those who supported us, we give you a special thanks.  Without you it wouldn't have been the success it was. A special shout out to our sponsor:  The Vintage Pearl and to our other major sponsors Don Thornton Cadillac, ImageNet Consulting, Hertz, and Dino's Tire & Wheel

 

Thank you all very much, your support and participation was exciting to see.  Mark your calendars for next years tournament which will be held June 9th at the Tulsa Country Club. Next years Presenting Sponsor is The Vintage Pearl. 


Keys to Freedom


The Demand Project's Victim Advocate Support Team (VAST) was able to help a survivor of sex trafficking purchase a vehicle that would help her gain even more freedom and allow her to go back and forth to her job without having to rely on rides. Pictured is the Executive Director for the Demand Project Kristin Weis handing over the keys. This would NOT BE possible without the support from the community. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to help this mighty woman continue the process of restoration!

VAST was also involved with 3 undercover operations that led to several arrests and victim rescues!

The Demand Projects Executive Director and leader over VAST  Kristin Weis successfully completed 72 hours of sex crimes and victim advocate training



Demand Project talks to Jenks students about avoiding sexual predators


Jason and Kristin Weis of the Demand Project, spoke at Jenks Alternative School during a presentation to students on Internet safety and how child predators find young people online.

Jason and Kristin Weis encouraged students who have experienced or are currently experiencing sexual exploitation by a stranger online, a trusted adult or a dating partner in person, as well as students who find themselves exhibiting exploitative tendencies toward others, to reach out for help.



Busted!
U.S. Army Pfc Pleads Guilty o Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Child

Kevin M. Reen, A Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, pled guilty on August 28, 2013, to three specifications of attempted indecent conduct with a female that he believed to be under 16 years of age
 
 

"Believe me what you guys are doing is making a big difference in the community and I would like to personally thank you for what you guys are doing," said SA USARMY Michael Baxendale






Busted! 
Corona, CA Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution and Exhibition of Lewd Material to a Minor

The Demand Project, a Tulsa based organization, assisted the Riverside County District Attorney's Office with procedures that led to the arrest and subsequent guilty plea of a Riverside County realtor on charges involving sexual behavior with a minor.
 
 

"I really appreciate the work you and your co-workers do. You are a valuable asset to law enforcement. Thanks for all of your assistance with this case. I couldn't have done it without you. I believe the great work we did helped resolve the case as fast as it did. Thanks again." - Investigator Casey (Riverside, CA)






Online Safety Tip
Know their online habits

Teens that encounter an online predator typically will not tell you about the experience for fear of losing their technology. It is critical for you to know and understand their online habits and what social media sites they subscribe to. Require that they give you passwords. As a parent you must invest the time to educate yourself on current technology capabilities and the newest smartphone apps. Have meaningful conversations with them and make sure that they know you are there to protect them. Trust but verify! Talk, listen and don't lecture or they will tune you out.



2014 and beyond...


The Demand Project has just moved into a new office! We're very excited and will be announcing an open house meeting very soon. We're also in need of various office items; please contact our Executive Director Kristin Weis for more details.

Items include:
  • Furniture (executive chairs, sectional sofa, padded chairs that stack)
  • Various Electronics (computers, printers and projector)
  • Operational Vehicle
  • Office Supplies  
Also if you have a trade skill - we need you!
  • Plumber
  • Electrician
  • Carpentry
  • Tech Support 
Mark your calendars for our Monthly Meeting on January 14th @ 6:30pm
For more information contact Kristin Weis

We have big plans for 2014 and would like to partner with you to make them happen.

Please consider making a year end donation to The Demand Project. As you have read in this newsletter - we're very busy(and we didn't list EVERYTHING) and rely on community, corporate and individual support.

We have already been asked to participate in some upcoming undercover operations and are beginning to speak in the public schools. The restoration process for the victims we help rescue is another area we need help. Earlier this year we helped a young lady with an apartment, food, clothes, furniture and a job.We also helped several more with various needs they had. All donations are tax deductible.


"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know." - Wilberforce.


 

Jason Weis | 918-346-2168 | Kristin Weis | 918-346-2612

Stopping Predators - Protecting Children
Rescuing Victims - Restoring Lives

The Demand Project | PO Box 1352 | Jenks OK 74037 |
Ph: 918-346-2168 | Fax 918-518-5297 | Contact@thedemandproject.org
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