Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders: Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children

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What motivates sexual abusers? Why are so few caught? Drawing on the stories of abusers, Anna C. Salter shows that sexual predators use sophisticated deception techniques and rely on misconceptions surrounding them to evade discovery. Arguing that even the most knowledgeable among us can be fooled, Salter dispels the myths about sexual predators and gives us the tools to protect our families and ourselves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465071739
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Series: Art of Mentoring Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 212,417
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna C. Salter, Ph.D., lectures and consults throughout the U.S. and abroad, and in 1997 won the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She is the author of Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims, Transforming Trauma, and several forensic mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    Into Their Minds to Identify the Predators

    Dr. Salter received a Masters degree in Child Study and a Ph.D in Psychology and Public Practice, and she has been building her expertise in child abuse since the 1970s. She makes her position clear in the: "Victims were the result, not the cause, of the problem." What, if anything, can be done about offenders? To determine an answer, Dr. Salter interviewed offenders and developed educational films from those sessions. Denial is the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant external realities or internal thoughts and feelings. mindisorders Society denies the cruelties of predators in our communities, while also denying the effects of sex abuse on victims. The remedy for denial is information, and the knowledge of what it takes to keep our children safe. Dr. Salter's book offers the awareness needed to prevent the perpetuation of sex offenses in our neighborhoods. The reader is not asked to understand predators but to identify them. A premise of the book is in the phrases "No opportunity. No abuse." Dr. Salters states that it is the parent's responsibility to "avoid situations where sexual abuse is possible." She urges parents to supervise their children during community activities. This presumes that a child has caring parents who take the time to determine what sexual abuse is and when abuse is possible. It's possible that a child does not have such a parent. Therefore, it is up to the community to be wise about the manipulations of a predator. Predators is divided into eleven chapters, with a full Index, Bibliography, and Notes that offer specific information to lay people and academics alike. Delving into the predators' consciousness and lack of conscience via Dr. Salters interviews is no easy task. However, she urges us to know what they look for so that we can protect ourselves and our children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2007

    If you want to better understand the mind of a sexual this book.

    As a mother of two daughters who were sexually abused by my husband and a victim of adolescent sexual abuse, this book provided me with an avenue to understanding how I became a victim, and how I was heinously deceived by my spouse. My therapist recommended this book to me after I asked, 'how could I not know...who is he, really?' This book explores the crimminal minds of sexual predators and provides a depth of awareness that is both chilling and important. It is a critical step to protecting our children and letting go of guilt, blame, and helplessness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2006

    Must Read!

    Excellent reading!!!!! Very informative. Definately recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about this subject. Some parts are graphic, but they are true events and they should be known. Offers great tips, first hand interviews with sex offenders, and factual stories. If you are interested in the criminals mind, this book gives you a look inside. A very 'real' book. She doesn't try to protect you from the negative in the world and lets you know that these things occur. Really keeps you interested in the information she is sharing with you and has a great ending!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006

    Top of the line - Highly recommended

    As a student and instructor of self-defense I read an amazing amount of books on forensic psychology. Out of my hundreds of books, Predators ranks top shelf as the one I most often recommend for people who want an over-all view of sex offenders. It is a clear, direct, easy-to-read look at this uncomfortable and difficult topic. It may be especially helpful to those who have direct experience with sex offenders. If everyone read two books - this and The Gift of Fear - how the world of violence against the weak/young could be changed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

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    Anna Salter's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology does not mean that th

    Anna Salter's Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology does not mean that this riveting book is hard to read. Quite the opposite. Dr. Salter's engaging style also sweeps away clouds of wishy washy thinking that insists that we are all born equal and that we must be kind. No! This book sounds a warning bell to passive people who are so easily duped by clever manipulators.

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