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Identifying child molesters : preventing child sexual abuse by recognizing the patterns of the offenders
Author:
Van Dam, Carla, 1950-
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Publication Information:
New York : Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
xi, 229 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780789007421

9780789007438
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Book

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Stop abuse before it starts!

Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders will teach you to better protect children from potential child sexual molesters long before any abuse can actually occur. Here you'll learn to recognize and understand the seemingly invisible steps that typically precede child sexual abuse. These stories of molesters, their families, and their victims, will enable you to more accurately see through a potential molester's charming demeanor and better protect the children in your life.

Understanding the behavior that molesters often exhibit when trying to obtain access to children is essential to protecting children from their advances. By becoming familiar with this terrain you will find the courage and strength to decide what must be done, and the skills to follow through with the necessary actions. Such responses will appropriately curtail an offender's access to children and subsequent opportunities to molest.

Identifying Child Molesters will teach you: how to recognize those who might molest how molesters typically 'charm'adults how societal attitudes help to foster child sexual abuse what to do when encountering a potential molester what physical and emotional damage molestation can cause to victims how to graciously avoid potentially dangerous situations Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders clearly spells out the techniques that child sexual molesters so successfully use to charm adults into giving them access to children. When these strategies are seen and understood, adults can take much more direct responsibility for preventing child sexual abuse than was previously possible.

Anyone who lives or works with children needs to own this book. The information you'll encounter in Identifying Child Molesters might startle you, but it might also help you save the life of a child!


Author Notes

Dr. Carla van Dam is a clinical and forensic psychologist working in the state of Washington


Table of Contents

Gavin de Becker
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1. The Problemp. 11
Case Studiesp. 12
Chapter 2. Knowing It is a Problem: The Need for Clarityp. 41
Clear Definitionsp. 41
Guiding Treatmentp. 43
Guiding Researchp. 44
Guiding Relationshipsp. 45
Guiding Interventionsp. 46
Chapter 3. Why It is a Problem: What Is the Harm?p. 57
Psychological Issuesp. 60
Moral Issuesp. 69
Cultural Issuesp. 71
Chapter 4. Prevalence: How Often Does It Happen?p. 75
Chapter 5. Characteristics of the Child Molester: Who Does It?p. 81
Demographicsp. 81
Chapter 6. The Grooming Process: How Do They Do It?p. 89
Sexual Attraction to Childrenp. 90
Justifying the Interestp. 92
Grooming the Adult Communityp. 96
Grooming the Childp. 103
Chapter 7. The Social Climate That Helps Foster It: Turning a Blind Eyep. 115
Attitudes Toward Childrenp. 115
Attitudes Toward Womenp. 117
Societal Denialp. 122
Molester Denialp. 127
Chapter 8. Visible Groomingp. 137
Current Prevention Strategiesp. 138
Visible Grooming of Adultsp. 142
Chapter 9. Setting Boundaries to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abusep. 161
Intervening with a Potential Child Molesterp. 161
Chapter 10. Summaryp. 195
Appendix Legal Definitionsp. 201
Referencesp. 205
Additional Resourcesp. 219
Indexp. 221