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In an effort to show parents how to protect their children from sexual predators Conversations with a Pedophile, through direct correspondence with a convicted pedophile, describes how victims are selected and preyed upon. Dr. Hammel-Zabin details ways to spot early warning signs of abuse and proves that the danger of pedophilia does not come from the stranger in the street offering gifts of candy. It's the nice boy next door, the distant relative, the sweet baby-sitter. It is also shown that our churches aren't ...

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Conversations With A Pedophile: In the Interest of Our Children

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In an effort to show parents how to protect their children from sexual predators Conversations with a Pedophile, through direct correspondence with a convicted pedophile, describes how victims are selected and preyed upon. Dr. Hammel-Zabin details ways to spot early warning signs of abuse and proves that the danger of pedophilia does not come from the stranger in the street offering gifts of candy. It's the nice boy next door, the distant relative, the sweet baby-sitter. It is also shown that our churches aren't safe havens. Nor are our schools or our Scout troops.

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A convicted and now remorseful pedophile explains how he selected his victims, earned their parents’ confidence, and then manipulated the youngsters’ emotions to gain control over them. In the late 1980s, Hammel-Zabin, a music therapist working inside a maximum-security prison, came to know the pedophile identified here only as "Alan." Then in his late 50s, Alan was serving multiple life sentences for the sexual abuse of young boys. Hammel-Zabin had been sexually abused as a child by her father and grandfather, leading her to reflect the points of view of both perpetrator and victim. Chapters labeled "Alan" contain material gleaned from some ten years of his correspondence and conversations with the author; those labeled "Amy" contain her reflections on his words as well as her own incest story, which regrettably adds little to our understanding of that phenomenon. The text’s most compelling and disturbing portions by far are Alan’s descriptions of his development as a pedophile and of his methods. The fantasies that engaged him from a very early age gradually escalated into obsessions that he acted out. At 14, he used the Boy Scouts as a way to hang around 10- and 11-year-olds without arousing suspicion, and as an adult he involved himself in church activities and scouting as a safe cover for his activities. He describes how he became his victims’ confidante and how he ensured that they would not tell on him, even when the abuse reached horrendous levels. This is the stuff of parents’ nightmares, but Hammel-Zabin argues that only by understanding pedophilia can we protect children from it. The final chapters discuss what parents can do to ensure that their children do not becomevulnerable to those who would prey on them. The more difficult question of what can be done about the predators remains unanswered here. The veracity of these revelations must be taken on faith, but, still, they have the ring of very scary truth. First printing of 30,000
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  • ISBN-13: 9781569802472
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    No child should live a nightmare as this. No child should lose a part of them because someone is perverted and sexually sick.

    This is a great book. i recommend all Parent to get it. No parent should ever feel as if their child is so safe this would never happen. That's how i became a victim of sexual abuse...through trust of those who are their to protect you and lead you. It is like a part of you have died. <BR/>it is like you are just existing and until it is all finally over. It is keeping a secret that should be shared for the protection of others. You hurt...You can't enjoy a healthy sex life with the one you love. Parents, wake up. your child is screaming for help. You are their to protect them. Nothing is more important than paying attention and listening even when it hurts more than anything...imagine how the victim feels.

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  • Anonymous

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    something all parents should read before its to late

    i would recommend this book to all expecting parents and individuals who are parents already. this book is a true insight on how the pedophile will use your childs weakest link to get ahold of them. thru alans story you will learn what most pedophiles look for in their prospective victims and then you will learn how they are able to teach your child to keep it secret. a must read. thru the arthur who was herself a victim you will learn how to open up the communication lines with your child so that hopefully you will never have to live thru the nightmare of having one of our own children victimized. i learned alot reading this book. i wished i would have read it before my child had been victimized, i may have been able to read into some of the signs and little earlier.

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