1st Edition

The Socially Skilled Child Molester Differentiating the Guilty from the Falsely Accused

By Carla Van Dam Copyright 2006
    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    Know what signs indicate a child molester!

    Revealing the secret but successful strategies used by child molesters allows adults to intervene long before children are abused. The Socially Skilled Child Molester: Differentiating the Guilty from the Falsely Accused identifies how socially proficient molesters successfully ingratiate themselves into families and communities. The book closely examines their techniques and strategies while detailing the tools for prevention. The difficult issue of false accusation is tackled by learning the distinctions that clearly differentiate the actions of the guilty from those who are innocent. Practical recommendations for accurately assessing danger and managing safety are provided.

    The Socially Skilled Child Molester focuses on the sexual deviants who 'groom' family, friends, and their community to allow their activities, though arousing suspicion, to go on without restriction. This essential source reveals their tactics. Using composite representations of various types of child molesters, the author illustrates through case history and detailed research how these offenders succeed, while providing recommendations on how communities can stop enabling and protecting such individuals.

    The Socially Skilled Child Molester discusses in depth:

    • ’groomers’ versus ’grabbers’
    • common misperceptions about child molesters
    • the groomer profile—the different types
    • groomer strategies for manipulation
    • correctly differentiating between pedophiles and the falsely accused
    • predicting risk
    • the key concerns when interviewing child molesters
    • the three levels of child molesters
    • recidivism for the sexual deviant.

    The Socially Skilled Child Molester comprehensively brings together helpful strategies and vital information essential for parents, lawmakers, police, teachers, and therapists.

    • Preface
    • Acknowledgments
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. Understanding the Problem
    • Child Molesters As Addicts
    • Sexual Dependence
    • Chapter 2. Child Molesters in Their Natural Habitat
    • The Social Psychopath
    • The Eager Beaver
    • The Saint
    • The Curmudgeon
    • Crude Groomers
    • Chapter 3. Current Practices
    • Teaching Children to Protect Themselves from Being Abused
    • Taking Offenders to Court
    • Chapter 4. Not All Child Molesters Are Alike
    • Groomers
    • Grabbers
    • Chapter 5. Common Misperceptions
    • Definition of Child Sexual Abuse
    • Explanations
    • Chapter 6. Accurately Differentiating Danger
    • The Unchanging Nature of the Groomer’s Pathology
    • False Allegations
    • Gray Areas in Terms of Age and Consent
    • Age Cutoffs That Decriminalize Child Sexual Abuse
    • A Groomer Profile: Differentiating Thoughtful from Manipulative
    • Recognizing the Manipulative
    • Chapter 7. A Framework for Understanding Child Sexual Abuse
    • The Underlying Pattern
    • Making Information More Visible
    • How Information Remains Buried
    • The Framework
    • The Iceberg
    • Chapter 8. Interviewing Child Molesters
    • Identifying Lies
    • Phony Remorse
    • Creating Relationship
    • Inconsistencies
    • Rehearsed Speech
    • Too Much Information
    • Going on the Offensive
    • Chapter 9. Predicting Risk
    • Community Notification
    • What Is Actuarial Data?
    • Defining Recidivism
    • Base Rate
    • Determining Risk
    • Corroborating Data
    • The Problem with Numbers
    • Chapter 10. Incorporating Corroborating Evidence
    • Victims
    • Parents
    • Groups, Organizations, and Officials
    • Custody Battles
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Index


    Van Dam, Carla