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Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders [Paperback]

Anna C. Salter
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10 Mar 2004
What motivates sexual abusers? Why are so few caught? Drawing on the stories of abusers, Anna C. Salter shows that sexual predators use sophisticated deception techniques and rely on misconceptions surrounding them to evade discovery. Arguing that even the most knowledgeable among us can be fooled, Salter dispels the myths about sexual predators and gives us the tools to protect our families and ourselves.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New Ed edition (10 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465071732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465071739
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Disturbing and absorbing.... Salter offers chilling portraits of a variety of [offenders].... this is an insightful look at a subject that concerns all parents."

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Anna C. Salter, Ph.D., lectures and consults throughout the U.S. and abroad, and in 1997 won the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers. She is the author of Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims, Transforming Trauma, and several forensic mysteries. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Fear-mongering sensationalism 29 Sep 2009
Never knowingly under-sensationalized, this polemical tract is only for those who like their 'facts' to be served up in the form of tabloid headlines. (The paradox contained in its title might be the first clue.)

A happily unacademic work, Salter's 'methodology' consists of selecting the most melodramatic examples of stories gathered from her years of employment within prisons, and then somehow extrapolating these questionable anecdotes to society in general.

Her message is clearly enunciated: fear and ignorance should be our guides in approaching life. Which, unfortunately, is also likely to be the alluring nature of this book, and its tendency for mass-appeal; it repeats the same comforting fairy-tales that we so desperately *want* to believe in; that mythical world of monsters and demons, princesses and knights. These fables may be deeply comforting, and we may relish their uncomplicated familiarity, but to pretend - and under the guise of authoritative academia - that such fictions are anything other than tools for manipulation would be unconscionable.

More positively, mention must be made of the author's genuinely impressive ability not to allow her storyline to be clouded by anything resembling intellectual insight. Salter is not alone, of course, in cherry-picking those 'sources' that support her adaptation of the story, although the transparent straw-man approach to the work of genuine scholars still has the power to startle.

For those readers who honestly wish to avoid an hysterical abreaction (and who appreciate that whilst fairy-tales may be enchanting, what we actually need are *new* approaches), then Kincaid's Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting and Levine's Harmful to Minors should absolutely be their first port of call.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good heads-up but not a life manual 12 Mar 2010
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Although clearly written by someone who has extremely good insight into the dark world of sexual and violent predators, paedophiles and rapists, the conclusions are a little too misanthropic and typical American "buy a gun tomorrow or you'll be dead". However, it is a very good learning book for how to recognise these characters and that's why this book is a very interesting and good reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Self Defence 31 Aug 2009
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This is a great book which will provide invaluable insights to people wishing to protect themselves and their children from the most loathsome elements of human society. While it is an American book and deals with that context, the statistics and case studies being American, the profiles of offenders and crimes I consider to be relevant beyond that context.

It has a great contents comprising a Foreword in praise of the author, the author's introduction and then chapters the problem; deception; techniques of deception; child molesters; rapists; sadists; psychopaths: Foooling People For the Thrill of It; staff seductions; rose coloured glasses and trauma; detecting deception; protecting our children and ourselves: Deflecting Sex Offenders. There is also a great series of end notes elaborating on points made throughout the text, a bibliography and very good index.

I would recommend this as vital reading to professionals charged with child protection and the general reader alike. It deals with some pretty disturbing material, reproductions of interviews with offenders and survivors of abuse are included and some of it is not for the faint of heart but it never becomes so harrowing as to be deter reading altogether.

What I found most shocking was the extent to which public and professionals have been and can be duped by these predatory individuals, how the extent of the problem is only beginning to come to light, being much more extensive than the scandals involving clerical abuse or abuse in institutions, and the manner in which professional responses alone are and WILL prove insufficient.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quick delivery 14 May 2014
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A good read and very useful for the criminal psychology course l am studying for. Good reference book that l can use
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5.0 out of 5 stars Than you Amazon your amazing. 26 Nov 2013
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must read...Protect yourself and your children 30 May 2007
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`Predators' is an incredibly readable and fascinating look at paedophiles, sadists, rapists, psychopaths and other sex offenders. As well as looking at the different personality types, typical behaviours and crimes, it will give you practical advice about how to protect yourself and your children.

There are sections in the book that make disturbing reading (I found the section on sadism and the ways in which professionals are manipulated particularly difficult reading) but Salter writes with such passion that she carries you through.There is also a section on grooming (and detail about how prison officers) can be groomed which was a definite eye-opener.

It is difficult to underestimate how important this book is, and how it will change your perception of the situations you find yourself in everyday. A must read for professionals, psychology students, anyone working with offenders and everyone who has kids.

Highly recommended, I'd give it more than five stars if I could.
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