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

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xi, 229 pages ; 22 cm

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Central Library HV6570.2 .V36 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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By presenting stories of molesters, their families, and their victims, van Dam (a clinical and forensic psychologist) outlines the steps that typically proceed child sexual abuse. She explains the techniques child sexual molesters use to charm adults and gain access to children. Chapters discuss various aspects of the problem, including the need fo

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

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