Salter, known for such novels as White Lies, offers a direct and startling look at the alarming problem of sexual predators in the U.S. Drawing on her experience counseling victims and offenders, she creates a daunting picture for the readers. "This is not a book with complete and comfortable answers. It will not finish with a checklist for identifying a sex offender.... But if I do my job right, reading this book will make it harder for sex offenders to get access to you or your children," she says in her introduction. Despite some much publicized media cases, Salter believes there are many misunderstandings about sexual predators. Most of the crimes are premeditated and carefully planned, and fewer than 5% of sexual predators are caught. With anecdotes and case histories, Salter examines such various predators as rapists and child molesters. Then, she goes on to offer some specific strategies to avoid high-risk situations. These tactics consist of monitoring children, even teens, on the Internet; carrying a cell phone; using home security systems, etc. The descriptions of violent attacks and victims' experience will undoubtedly unnerve readers. However, the subject matter is likely to appeal more to police or psychology professionals. The strategies the author offers for readers are usually fairly obvious. While sexual crimes may be on the increase, readers may see this book as necessary only after they've been victimized rather than as a preventive guide.
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Salter, a psychologist, draws on 20 years of studying sex offenders to provide a disturbing and absorbing look at how and why sex abusers generally get away with their abuse. Sex offenders are usually not the monsters most expect them to be; instead, they are charming, likable people who count on those traits to hide their true intentions and activities. Using interviews with sex offenders, Salter offers chilling portraits of a variety of people, including priests, teachers, coaches, and others who come in daily contact with children, who take advantage of their positions and the trust of children and their parents to commit heinous acts. Salter profiles child molesters, rapists, sadists, and psychopaths, including their general techniques for deception. Her final chapter, focused on helping parents to protect their children, emphasizes deflecting sex offenders--because detecting them is nearly impossible--with practical suggestions for vigilantly monitoring children's activities and who coaches or counsels them. Despite some chilling profiles, this is an insightful look at a subject that concerns all parents. Vanessa Bush
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Great book! Just beginning my literature review for my doctorate and this book is a great introduction to sex offenders and their behaviors. Read morePublished 8 days ago by pdk
Author Anna Salter presents her knowledge, straightforward writing style, and no-nonsense honesty. Her frustration with colleagues who do shoddy research or who draw... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Herbert Jay Rosenfield
Fear mongering at its worst. About 6% of sex offenders are seriously bad and 0.06% are extremely bad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Liza P.
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This is an area that I'm studying in Forensic Psychology. Great price. Fast shipping.Published 3 months ago by TBaayer
This is a right on book about people who live among us, who inhabit our lives and our neighborhoods. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I had to read this for a class, but the read was revealing. Interesting information and helps consider different perspectives while placing this life-changing subject matter into... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John
Terrible book of myth making proportions concerned foremost with demonizing all sex offenders by highlighting the worst case scenarios borne out of biased ideology and hatred but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Zebra BZ
I really don't know, I ordered it as a gift for a friend after she requested it. I wish she hadn't needed it though.Published 5 months ago by Mwilcox M.