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(...)in the creative ways they exclude their children from the discussion.
"You're so right," they say: "Sexual abuse is an enormous problem, particularly for young teens. Thank God mine aren't there yet."

No, sorry, says reality, the most common age at which sexual abuse begins is three.

"Well sure, if you have homosexuals around small children, there's a risk."

No, sorry, s
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Published March 31st 2004 by Basic Books (first published 2003)
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Ana  Vlădescu
My ability to still keep faith with the human kind astonishes me. As its title suggests, this is a work about sex offenders of all kinds, be they psychopathic or not. Some of the interviews in this book are very graphic; it is not the description of what they've done that bothers me, but the attitude of the man or woman who did something to a child that I could never dream of doing. One of the interviews in this book is on Youtube: a good looking, smiley man with a slow Southern accent tells of ...more
Lynn Tolson
Apr 03, 2011 Lynn Tolson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: therapists, social workers, treatment providers, parents, victims, survivors
Recommended to Lynn by: CCASA
Dr. Salter received a Masters degree in Child Study and a Ph.D in Psychology and Public Practice, and she has been building her expertise in child abuse since the 1970s. She makes her position clear in the: “Victims were the result, not the cause, of the problem.” What, if anything, can be done about offenders? To determine an answer, Dr. Salter interviewed offenders and developed educational films from those sessions.

Denial is the refusal to acknowledge the existence or severity of unpleasant e
Jim Angstadt
Dec 24, 2015 Jim Angstadt rated it it was amazing
Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders
Anna C. Salter, PhD

This is a very good mix of theory, data, psychology, and first person narrative.

But the subject is a slippery one. For those who just want the bottom line, the bottom line will not help. One has to get rid of all the mental garbage that gets in the way of understanding. Then understand a new reality. Then, maybe, the bottom line is for you.

Notes while reading:

0. Forward by Gavin de Becker

If a discussion requires exploratio
May 01, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
I bought this book over four years ago when I was involved at a place that helped immigrant victims of crime, and some of them were victims of the some of the types of predators described in the book. Exactly how that played out for me or what my role was, I won't go into publicly, for many reasons. Suffice to say, some information and background was certainly helpful. I read most of the chapters of the book at that time. Recently, remembering something that was written in it, I picked it up and ...more
Stacy Naberhuis
Jun 02, 2014 Stacy Naberhuis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book had a lot of new information in it. I know we all hear about these things in the news, but how much do we really know? Is it enough to keep you safe? This book answers those questions.

It starts with information on the offenders and how they got away with it for so long, and how they finally got caught. The scary part is how long most of them got away with it. And how many people they victimized before they were locked up.

At the end of the book is information on how to spot someone who
Kate Woods Walker
Jan 10, 2013 Kate Woods Walker rated it it was amazing
Don't make this the first book you read on this subject. It's a realistic look at predators--not quite as brutal as I, Monster, but close enough to warrant caution. Nevertheless, it should be on the shelves of anyone who has been harmed by a predator.

The chapter titled "Rose Colored Glasses and Trauma" could be invaluable to victims, family and counselors.

Anna C. Salter has written a wise and useful book.
Azira Levana
Nov 06, 2009 Azira Levana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, but especially anyone who's been abused or who is a parent or carer of children.
Recommended to Azira by: Friend/psychologist who specialises in trauma.
Here is an excerpt from the foreword of this book (written by Gavin de Becker):


I'm beginning this Foreword as I will close it: Thank you, Anna Salter, for casting your authoritative light on sexual abuse while most people find it easier to look away or even deny that it exists. It is easier for most parents to wring their hands about the unknown molester who might wander into the neighbourhood, than to accept that someone who they invited into the house is sexually abusing their child - even
Mar 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any women, anyone who knows, cares about, or has children
Shelves: non-fiction
This book, like Gail Dines' Pornland, is incredibly difficult to read but absolutely worth reading. Dr. Salter's main premises are that a)sexual predators are more devious than any "normal" person would ever anticipate, b)you are easy to fool and you cannot easily detect sexual predators, and c)you need to live with caution, awareness, and intentionality, especially in regards to one's children.

I've done a lot of abuse prevention training for the summer camp I work for, and so while most of thes
Nov 21, 2013 Christy rated it it was amazing
Anna Salter is a very good, engaging author with terrifically graphic descriptions of how these people think, react, and plan. While this is an upsetting book to read, it should be required reading if you work with children. For parents, the best part of the book is the last 20 pages. While detecting lies and dangerous people is extremely difficult and chancy, deflecting abusers from your children sounds relatively easy. First, be involved in your child's life--know the coaches, go to your kids' ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Jannie rated it it was amazing
Wow. Out of all the books I've been reading (and there's more than I put on my list), this is the best book on child molesters and sex offenders. Well-written, easy to read - although its very difficult subject matter. Sometimes she's pretty graphic... but without that, I'd never really understand the seriousness and complexity of the problem.

I'd recommend this to any parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, daycare, babysitter - if you want to really protect kids, this illustrates what you're up agai
Eleanor Cowan
Jul 24, 2014 Eleanor Cowan rated it it was amazing

Easy to read, Dr. Salter's engaging style sweeps away clouds of wishy washy thinking that insists that we are all born equal and that we must be kind. No!

This book sounds a warning bell to trusting people who are easily duped by clever manipulators!

A great book for those wanting to educate themselves - and their loved ones.

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer

Ashlee Foster
Dec 04, 2009 Ashlee Foster rated it liked it
While I don't think many mothers would add this to their list of light reading - I SUGGEST YOU DO! There is no better defense than a good offense and knowing how to protect yourself and your children is so important. While I know this book may not sound like the greatest thing to read, I think it's more important than a lot of other books. Please at least just consider it. It's a quick read filled with lots of information, examples and ways to protect your children...just read it.
Aug 29, 2009 Em rated it it was ok
Read this for work. Nothing too enlightening here. Predators are everywhere, but most likely will be someone you know, sex abuse screws up kids, yahdayahda... written from an extremely alarmist perspective.
May 24, 2010 Brandy rated it really liked it
This was a difficult and disturbing read but one I still believe is necessary. Anna Salter is a forensic psychologist and the author of "Predators:...." Over the course of several years she interviews pedophiles, rapist, and sadists and documents portions of these interviews in this book. She provides a glimpse into the mind of a predator and how very different they are in their thinking than most of us trusting, caring people are. Although I know there are "bad" people out in the world that do ...more
Mar 13, 2010 Allysworld rated it liked it
Two things I've noticed so far (I've read chapter one and the forward).
Foward by Gavin de Becker: I've read his books, and he knows his shit BUT! The example he gave in his forward for this book about a mother who *in her head* wrongly accused a stranger of being a child molester. This story, I do not believe is his, for I KNOW I have read it some where else (can't remember the book for the life of me), but it was not Gavin de Becker's book. This is my claim. I'll have to update this post when
Nov 17, 2008 Carol rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent eye-opening book written by someone who has conducted countless hours of interviews with convicted sex offenders. The statistics are appalling: sexual crimes against children are far more prevalent than we know. An estimated 3% of sex offenders are ever caught.

Our misconceptions about sex offenders and our denial set us up for abuse. Sex offenders construct elaborate webs of deceit over time, and cast them over their communities. They play on people's need to be able to trus
Apr 13, 2011 Jill rated it really liked it

My sister is a social worker and has spent the second half of her short life working with victims of sexual assault. She read this book as a part of a class in college, owns two copies, and has been talking about this book non-stop for the last 7 years or so.

I finally, finally, decided to read it and I am seriously glad that I did. I feel so much better prepared to have kids and to keep them safe after reading this book. Which is why this book is recommen
Jan 15, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
WARNING: Not for the faint of heart.

This book was a required read for my grad Psychotherapy and Trauma class. Wow. I hard a hard time stomaching a lot of the content. It's incredibly eye-opening, although if you're not careful it could lead to some serious paranoia and never leaving your house.

From a Christian perspective, it's important to carefully evaluate the world that we live in. It's a Genesis 3 world, which means it's not rosy and perfect like what we would like to think. The reality is
Eleanor Cowan
Jul 24, 2014 Eleanor Cowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Easy to read, Dr. Salter's engaging style sweeps away clouds of wishy washy thinking that insists that we are all born equal and that we must be kind. No!

This book sounds a warning bell to trusting people who are easily duped by clever manipulators!

A great book for those wanting to educate themselves - and their loved ones.

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
Eleanor Cowan
Jul 24, 2014 Eleanor Cowan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Easy to read, Dr. Salter's engaging style sweeps away clouds of wishy washy thinking that insists that we are all born equal and that we must be kind. No!

This book sounds a warning bell to trusting people who are easily duped by clever manipulators!

A great book for those wanting to educate themselves - and their loved ones.

Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
Nov 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
I wouldn't say I *liked* this book, and it's pretty clear that Anna Salter's worldview has been dramatically altered by all her up-close-and-personal dealings with some really nasty prisoners.

It's definitely not for the faint of heart. And, even she warns you about her chapter on sadists.

The most valuable thing she emphasizes: People are often delusional about their ability to tell "the bad guys." Her suggestion is to not even bother trying and to assume that *anyone* could offend. The "nice gu
Dec 03, 2014 Hal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book should be a must read for parents and anyone else socially responsible to recognize and report instances of child abuse. Dr. Salter does a thorough and necessary job informing and educating us on the pervasive problems these miscreants pose in our society. It is truly scary to read how rampant and widespread these offenses are around us everyday and how easy it is especially for the child predators to worm they way into position. It is up to us all to be on guard to combat the epidemic ...more
Elizabeth Licitra
Apr 19, 2016 Elizabeth Licitra rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has incredibly important information, but how can you possibly recommend reading it to someone? 20% of girls and 10% of boys will be the victim of molestation. With only a 3% chance of the predator being caught. As a society we can do better at protecting our children. Not addressing the problem will not make it go away or disappear. This book isn't easy to read, but I challenge you to do so. (I would suggest skipping the chapter on Sadists, as the author also highly recommen ...more
May 12, 2016 Jocelyn rated it it was amazing
being that I am a trauma therapist, childhood sexual abuse is something I see and hear about every day. Anything that helps me understand and identify potential predators helps me to protect children. Ms. Salter is an excellent writer and I was very engaged in this book from the beginning. She tells the reader up front that there is not a checklist for identifying, but she does offer a lot of insight into the minds of sex offenders and ways to deter predators away from your children. It is a mus ...more
Sarah Kester
Feb 28, 2016 Sarah Kester rated it liked it
Don't read this book unless you plan on going into criminal profiling or are already working in an environment with sex offenders. There are certain things that people don't need to know about. I read this book, because I find criminal profiling and true crime novels interesting, but I've never read a book that goes into detail about the nature of their crimes against children and I really could have gone the rest of my life without reading it.

It was well-written and unfortunately, not someth
Apr 16, 2009 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Concerned Parents
Anna Salter is a well known name in sex offending. I read this book and found it to be appropriate for parents who are concerned for their children's welfare in a world, of seems to be, ever increasing risk. She covers the topic in just enough detail to inform using accurate statistics, but come just short of the technical training needed to be a certified forensic practitioner. Good for lay-people who want to know the truths about sex offending.
Manu Schon
Mar 14, 2016 Manu Schon rated it it was amazing
Anna Salter does a very good job to give an insight into a very tough topic. She gives a lot of bibliographical data for further reading.

As a therapist she has worked with the victims of sexual violence and researched perpetrators for decades.

The book helps to understand a epidemical problem of our society and gives useful tipps for both prevention and dealing with the problem as a society.

Reading much recommended. I am very grateful for this ressource.
Aug 15, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it
I wish with all my heart that this book wasn't necessary, but sadly it is!

This book is disturbing and difficult to read, but once you have seen one of these monsters first hand and experienced how they dupe, con, lie, cheat, steal and groom their victims, it is necessary to learn how they operate so you can help guard our children from harm. Hopefully this information will prevent someone from being hurt by one of these monsters.

Elyse Garrison
Feb 27, 2014 Elyse Garrison rated it really liked it
this book is uncomfortable to read in that it sheds light on things we may not want to think about. it is powerful and moving. It brings up things that we dont want to think about and explains them without walking on eggshells. while I do not come to all the same conclusions as the author, her research and experience is undoubted. This is a definite must-read for anybody interested in understanding the dark side of human nature.
Aug 12, 2007 Bob rated it it was amazing
This is a very informative book about sexual offenders and how they effect our lives. Dr. Salter addresses different types of offenders from the pedophile to the violent rapist. Se spend significant time on issues of deception and how to protect one's self and one's children from exposure to such criminal's. I have used Dr. Salter as an expert witness in a Sexual Violent Predator Commitment Trial and have found that she truly knows this area of psychology.
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Anna Salter, Ph.D., is a forensic psychologist and internationally known authority on sex offenders. She is the author of novels featuring Dr. Michael Stone. She also lectures worldwide and has written two academic books on sex abuse. Dr. Salter is in private practice in Madison, Wisconsin, and consults to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
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“Recently I interviewed a psychopath. This is always a humbling experience because it teaches over and over how much of human motivation and experience is outside my narrow range. Despite the psychopath's lack of conscience and lack of empathy for others, he is inevitably better at fooling people than any other type of offender. I suppose conscience just slows you down. A child convicted molester, this particular one made friends with a correctional officer who invited him to live in his home after he was released - despite the fact the officer had a nine-year-old daughter.
The officer and his wife were so taken with the offender that, after the offender lived with them for a few months, they initiated adoption proceedings- adoption for a man almost their age. Of course, he was a child molester living in the same house as a child. Not surprisingly, he molested the daughter the entire time he lived there. [...]
What these experiences taught have me is that even when people are warned of a previously founded case of even a conviction, they still routinely underestimate the pathology with which they are dealing.”
“We mute the realization of malevolence- which is too threatening to bear - by turning offenders into victims themselves and by describing their behavior as the result of forces beyond their control.” 10 likes
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