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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.
Posted April 3, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 14, 2007
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 6, 2006
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 6, 2006
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.