1st Edition

Identifying Child Molesters Preventing Child Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders

By Carla Van Dam Copyright 2001
    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

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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!

    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. The Problem
    • Case Studies
    • Chapter 2. Knowing It Is a Problems: The Need for Clarity
    • Clear Definitions
    • Guiding Treatment
    • Guiding Research
    • Guiding Relationships
    • Guiding Interventions
    • Chapter 3. Why It Is a Problem: What Is the Harm?
    • Psychological Issues
    • Moral Issues
    • Cultural Issues
    • Chapter 4. Prevalence: How Often Does It Happen?
    • Chapter 5. Characteristics of the Child Molester: Who Does It?
    • Demographics
    • Chapter 6. The Grooming Process: How Do They Do It
    • Sexual Attraction to Children
    • Justifying the Interest
    • Grooming the Adult Community
    • Grooming the Child
    • Chapter 7. The Social Climate That Helps Foster It: Turning a Blind Eye
    • Attitudes Toward Children
    • Attitudes Toward Women
    • Societal Denial
    • Molester Denial
    • Chapter 8. Visible Grooming
    • Current Prevention Strategies
    • Visible Grooming of Adults
    • Chapter 9. Setting Boundaries to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
    • Intervening with a Potential Child Molester
    • Chapter 10. Summary
    • Appendix: Legal Definitions
    • References
    • Additional Resources
    • Index
    • Reference Notes Included


    Van Dam, Carla