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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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December 22, 2005

Scare tactics and the culture of fear
Perhaps the most interesting detail concerning this book is that the author is a fiction writer of murder and crime stories. Unfortunately, her taste for sensationalism trumps logic, scientific method and academic discourse.

While no parent including myself would wish to see their children harmed in any way, this book reduces all childhood sexual encounters to being dangerous in the extreme. It avoids the crucial questions surrounding the debate on childhood sexuality and what is truly harmful to children, with the exception of the very rare instances of rape or violence.

Therefore this book gets one star, and I would refer anyone who is intelligent, educated and interested in expanding their knowledge of the subject to Judith Levine's work in "Harmful to Minors."

I would also hope some of the professionals who have reviewed this book would be open minded enough to consider alternate, more academic sources of information.
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April 16, 2005

Sensationalizes tragedies and attacks critics
In this text, Salter goes to new lows in her harsh criticism of critics, such as Levine, at times giving the appearance of one attempting to shame those who disagree with her beliefs. This may make Salter's book interesting to some, and may offer voyeuristic delights to readers who enjoy emotional-based pillory. However, Salter offers this presentation style in place of the rational, scientific debate essential to promoting advances in our understanding of pedophilia and the prevention of child sexual abuse. Salter's approach makes her arguments appear personal rather than empirically based. A field examining a sensitive issue, such as sexual abuse, will not benefit from work, such as this, which seems intended to sensationalize rather than enlighten. Salter should be encouraged to stick to the data to argue her position rather than resorting to emotional sensationalism which, arguably, benefits no one. Last, her effort to hold parents accountable for protecting their children is, to some extent, likely to induce a significant degree of guilt in some parents whose children have been abused. Pedophiles are incredibly inventive, creative individuals. No prevention education programs exists that can adequately prepare a child to defeat the most dedicated, inventive pedophiles. Clearly, children of even the most well intended parents find that their children have experiences, sometimes profoundly unfortunate, that are outside their personal control. Some of these are small accidents and some tragedies. Prevention education programs are clearly necessary and appropriate. However, we should not attempt to encourage anyone that a prevention education program and a dedicated parent will ensure child safety. If one promulgates that belief, one promulgates myth.
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Feb 13, 2017

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 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 how he groomed a 12-month old, and molested her at 18 months, purely shaping her as a future sex mate for himself. He was her stepdad. If you watch the video, you'll hear Salter go: "groom her as a mate", as if even she was taken aback by the astonishing narcissism and certainty of that statement. What this book is very useful for is understanding that: 1) you have no chance of knowing who is and who isn't a sex offender, 2) you can differentiate against high-risk and low-risk situations, 3) you can take steps that will either minimize or bring your risk situation down to 0, 4) even if you do all of that, you might still get attacked (either as an adult, a teenager, or a child). It gives very, very important insight into typical sex offender behaviours and statistical data, as well as tips on how you can notice discrepancies in them by listening to their voice, watching their body language or even analyzing their life as a whole in order to make a risk assessment. I would recommend this to any woman (yes, ANY woman, especially those who believe their feminism entitles them to "not need a man" to walk them home at night, and even those who live in a bubble where they think nothing of the sort will ever happen to them), any man who wants to protect his loved ones and I would go as far as recommending it even to young readers, maybe as young as 11 or 12 (even though, even that might be too late...).

And, I'm sure, all the pedophiles and sex offenders out there with a little brain have read it. Don't panic, boys. Even if you know how we might spot or fight against you, you're still pieces of shit. ...more
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February 21, 2019

Valid and Important but fails to distingusih molesters in the end
As a graduate student in social work, this book was recommended to me, as I have and will continue to work with sex offenders. I have a background in working with child pornography offenders that were on parole or in pretrial.

First for the positives, this book is an invaluable resource for those working in corrections, law enforcement, social work, psychology or those that have interest in seeing a more real side of the myth we call this world. I especially liked Dr. Salter's chapters on rapists, psychopaths, and, with regular breaths and debriefing myself, the sadist chapter. Take her seriously when she says the sadist chapter can cause trauma. I can and it will. I dealt with child pornography cases and had to read the charges and every detail of every picture and video. My late father was a child molester, and I was told all the details when a child, even with this experience, I had to take a break. But she is really at her best there.

Now for the negatives. She simply generalizes too much about child molesters. She was clearer in other chapters in how she broke down offender types. She does some, but rambles on too much about the three studies that really managed to push her buttons. If I was a psychopath, I know her vulnerabilities. Attack feminism. Though I will not argue with her about these studies (I think she is not reading these three studies with an objective mind), these are coming from professionals in other fields. Dr. Mirkin, someone I communicated with, is not supportive of pedophilia. I spoke with him before he died. Did she? He is a political science professor that was looking at the political history of the construction of the work pedophilia. She should not apply her profession's standards on other professions. She also has little understanding of cultural studies, as is evident by her misunderstanding of these works. Yes, Dr. Salter, attraction to kids is very common, or why would you write the book and say we all have to assume one could be a pedophile? I will give Dr. Salter the benefit of the doubt. This is 2019; the book was published in 2003 (not really 2004), but anyone that looks online and in our media will see a worldwide fascination with young girls in particular. Did pedophiles make these images? No, we did. Young girls are a big deal, but most of us avoid that reality. It's too scary, so we blame the monster we make up in our heads. These studies were noting that sex and children have occurred as long as there have been adults and children.The Rind study was noting that kids could be resilient, not that they should be victims of abuse. Dr. Salter mixes what she sees as "victim blaming" with cause and effect. I take particular offense to her later claim that to try and understand an offender's case history is to blame the victim! What?

There is such a thing as ecological systems theory that is very effective when doing case histories. As a professional, I am sorry, but if you are a little boy whose dad is absent, mom has new lovers every few weeks, and every guy is beating her, don't be surprised if he grows up beating and assaulting women. This is called the cycle of abuse. How could Dr. Salter miss that? Apparently, to Dr. Salter it's victim blaming. We should just lock every man up and not try to understand what causes some people to hurt others. In my view, she lost control here, especially in the child molester chapter. Also, believe it or not, not all pedophiles molest kids, as one training in this area, that is my button to push (if her's is feminism). There is pedophilia and pedophilic disorder. The men she describes have "pedophilic disorder" (See DSM), those are the molesting and dangerous folks. Men with pedophilia do not necessarily molest kids, though attraction to kids can be a factor, I guess attraction to women can be a factor for rapists. As an expert, she needs to distinguish, even if we all hate these guys. Men that are interested in children will always work with children. Why wouldn't they, but even if they are attracted, that does not automatically mean they abuse. How will further stigmatizing them help kids? Yes, we need to get to the dangerous ones. I totally agree. As Dr. Salter says herself, the real world is a bit more scary. Pedophiles will always exist, they are a human universal throughout time (as noted by Michael Seto). I think we need much more research and work here.

Her last chapter fails badly in this respect and contradicts her earlier statements, she profiles single men that live alone and like children. Fair enough, but she totally forgot that many men that molest kids are married with kids. My father was. He molested many girls. Our neighborhood doctor was and molested hundreds if not thousands of children, even after being reported to school officials. It is grossly irresponsible of her to target single men and leave out that there are molester types, again something she does not do well. For example, she fixates on Priests, and that makes a lot of sense, but remember our dear Reverend? There are situational molesters. There are men that molest children that are not sexually attracted to them. Many pornography offenders I worked with where not attracted to kids, using the very ABEL test she seems fond of. The ABEL test is junk, by the way, created by an unethical doctor that will not tell us how he is measuring time and eye movement. In social science practice, it is unethical not to share this information. Nonetheless this instrument and others showed that these men's primary interest is not kids. So at the very least, she should be ethical and, like she did in the rape chapter when she noted that men with rape fantasies do not necessarily rapists, she could have said the same for pedophiles and for sadists. Here generalizing really bothers me from and ethical point of view. She knows better.

I have two fears: parents will read this and then become community cops and go and harass some poor single guy, that even if he is into little girls or goats, he is not dangerous. That is just mean and awful, but they will hand their kid over to Mr. Happy Marriage only to find out he is a basement sadists. My advice, with girls in particular, as offending pedophiles prefer boys much more than girls (see Seto's work), keep men away from young girls. It's not about sex appeal. Men are taught to take opportunity. It's a cultural thing.

Okay, okay, it's a good book, but I just sense her bias against social workers or anyone that wants to try and understand why men hurt others. I am sorry, but she is so wrong about using victim blaming. As a boy, I was molested by a woman and an older boy. When I came out about my abuse, I was told that since my dad is an offender, I should be locked up because that is what I will be. The truth is, I almost became one until I realized that my dream of working with young gymnasts because I "wanted to give back to girls" was a stupid idea. Why did I not start? I found I had a conscience. I really did not want to risk hurting them or myself. I did not become a coach. Working with tween girls 10 hours per day for 6 days a week would give me no time to meet women my age. It's environment as well. It's a sport where you have to spot kids. My point is that when I wanted help for my own abuse and sexual confusion, there was no place for me to go. My fear with the book is if we make every guy a pedophile or monster, these monsters will stay so stigmatized that they will never get help. After years and years of trying and being re-traumatized twice, I found the right therapist, someone that actually took classes in human sexuality, something largely missing from any psychology or social work program. My sense is that Dr. Salter has very little training in human sexuality. We take sex offenders seriously but not sex.

If you want to understand the dangerous folks, this book will help, but if you want to really stop abuse, it's not going to happen by telling parents to only look for guys that like kids that are single; it's by encouraging more research on offenders before they become offenders, the ones in-between. That is what I plan to do. Is this a good book? Yes, but sometimes we have to distinguish between who we are mad at and who is a danger to society.
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September 11, 2005

Not a professional's book
As a psychologict, I expected this to be a bit more scholarly, but as the title suggests, it is written for the general public and the protection of their families. I rated it a one star from a professional standpoint; as a trade publication I would rate it a four.
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September 29, 2009

Sensationalist fear-mongering
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 comforting, and we may relish their uncomplicated familiarity, but to pretend - and under the guise of authoritative academia - that they 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 while fairy-tales may be enchanting, what we actually need are *new* approaches), then Kincaid's Erotic Innocence and Levine's Harmful to Minors should absolutely be their first port of call.
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April 11, 2012

Fear-Mongering For Profit
Just the title of this very biased book tells you how ridiculous the content is. Salter is obviously an opportunist who uses fear over facts. The truth is most sex offenders do not re-offend according to legitimate sources (as opposed to media sensationalism). Plenty of offenders have committed non-violent offenses too such as urinating on street corners, public nudity, sexting (sending nude photos over a cellphone), and other petty non-rape crimes. Some of these "sex" offenders are children themselves who only experimented in their parents homes because they didn't know better. Once you know the real story, it's shocking. Politicians and the media are the ones who feed on this hysteria because they know fear sells and keep in mind the corporate media is LEGALLY allowed to lie. The power of big business is just about limitless in this day and age!
Indeed, there are some on the registry who are dangerous people, but today they are a minority and you must ask yourself this - if our government is so concerned about our safety, why do they let out truly dangerous people to begin with? In my view the registy is a sick joke, a profit-driven lie. If we would keep real predators in prison, we wouldn't need a registry now would we? Meanwhile, thousands of non-violent men, women, and children are victimized by these broad and over-punishing laws which strip away every civil liberty you can imagine (no matter how law-abiding the former offender is), all in the name of greed and power.
If you ask me, authors like Salter need to be prosecuted for committing major fraud and slanderment. I used to think minds like hers ended in Nazi Germany long ago, but apparently these diabolic minds are still with us.
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August 2, 2011

Life Isn't That Black And White
This book propagates what's already frequently portrayed in the media, an "us versus them" mentality in regards to sex offenders. To extrapolate, this is to say that sex offenders are monsters, somehow fundamentally different from everyone else. The author seems to sugar coat her experiences with this mentality. When she comes across sex offenders that seem "normal" or "nice", she chalks it up as their ruse to gain access to children or to otherwise take sexual advantage of people. Sorry, but life's not that simple, and it's potentially harmful to continue to promote this view. She sounds convincing though which is why I grant this book a 3 stars.
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February 5, 2008

Morally perplexing
I have mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand, she has a masterful control of the facts and research - as she says, she is an obsessive academic. She is absolutely correct about who the perpetrators are, what they are like, and where to find them. I also like the way she puts the responsibility on the parents to be aware of dangers and accurately access the risks of certain situations. This is all very good and commendable.

However, I think she uses examples and stories that are extreme and she overstates the risk that sexual abuse presents to our children. Most cases of abuse are never reported and very few of these cases involve forcible rapes or other horrific crimes. Yet many of her examples are of horrific crimes. Her strategy is to scare people and over-demonize pedophiles. Sexual abuse is one of many risks children face and we need to protect our children but also avoid the danger of being over-protective, especially as they become teenagers. Overprotection can harm children in serious ways. It can lead to anxiety, loneliness and depression, not to mention resentment toward the parent.

Finally, she seems to be missing something important. She claims that many pedophiles are basically fixed that way, and they are never going to change. I agree with that. But does that mean that pedophiles are like homosexuals were 50 years ago? Are people simply born pedophiles? If that's the case, couldn't her children, or anyone's children be pedophiles? Our children certainly can be homosexuals!

I find this oversight deep, perplexing and morally troublesome. It strikes me that something dishonest is going on here, and we are not really looking at the big picture. We are driven by hatred, fear and judgment of pedophiles. When are we going to take a bigger view and realize that our own children could be struggling with their sexual desires? If some of our children are pedophiles what damage do we do to them by demonizing pedophilia in this way? And what are the real implications of this damage?
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March 13, 2017

The bible on all aspects on child physical and sexual abuse
Anna Salter really has written the bible on pedophiles. It is an absolutely fantastic book that goes into great lengths to not only describe how these predators select and groom their victims, but how they often avoid prosecution.
I am a teacher in Catholic schools, a mother, a previous teacher of youth at risk students, and a divorced woman who went though the family law courts over a custody battle of my six year old daughter. This custody battle was also plagued by my very religious ex husband wanting our daughter to have contact with his best friend of 37 years (a violent man towards women and children who enjoyed children watching him perform sex acts on his partners and enjoyed the possibility of being caught out by children while having sex with his partners). I now understand how this man also groomed my ex husband, and how my ex husband still believed that this man was "good".

I also think this book would benefit those families involved in family and criminal law proceedings, as well as the judges, solicitors and barristers, etc who run them.

My only complaint about this book is that the statistics are all American based. I would have liked a chapter dedicated to the statistics all over the world, and the problems behind collecting these statistics. (E.g. age of consent in Australia is 16, but for homosexual sex it is 21. The definition of a "child" is also problematic as the age varies depending on the legal and social/educational/workplace context.

It would also be good if there were more international support groups, books and online resources listed.
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August 16, 2016

but I am glad that I did
This book was very disturbing and difficult to read, but I am glad that I did. I have been able to share some of the main points of the book with others who are perhaps too sensitive to subject themselves to all of the details. It contains important perspective on how to decrease vulnerability, and the idea of "detect" vs. "deflect" has been very helpful. This book increased my awareness as a petite woman (vulnerable in size), as a parent (with all of the places my kids are involved), and as someone involved in the faith community (where adults are entrusted with children). The knowledge can be applied in all areas.
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October 29, 2010

They should call her ANN ASSAULTER LOL
Her name should be Ann Asalter instead of Anna Salter, because reading this book was an assault on my intelligence! This book is a little old, but even so there are far better books on the subject, like Harmful to Minors by Judith LevineHarmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex, The Trauma MythThe Trauma Myth: The Truth About the Sexual Abuse of Children--and its Aftermath, and Once Fallen by Derek Logue Once Fallen. Of course, if you're only source of information is tabloid sensationalism and Nancy Grace and are a paranoid helicopter parent, then this book is for you. Much like her other works, this work is a fiction novel.
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April 5, 2016

I purchased this book to gain insight and help identifying ...
I purchased this book to gain insight and help identifying potential threats to small children. I did gain a little helpful information, but the graphic sexual abuse details were sickening. It makes this book a very depressing read - you have to get past all of the horrific details of the abuse to get to what you wanted to know. I read the first 4 chapters - stopped after child molesters, skipped the next fews chapters, as I couldn't imagine what would be described under the chapters titled "Rapists, Sadists and Psychopaths", then continued with the last 2 chapters "Detecting Deception and Protecting our Children". Maybe this kind of graphic detail is necessary in some circumstances but I have yet to determine how this could be so for the moms and dads out there. Bottom line, its hard to spot a potential abuser - be vigilant & protective! Do yourself a favor and find a book that gives you the facts without the graphic details!
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May 01, 2014

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2018: I reread this after conversations surrounding Brett Kavanaugh and other sexual assault stories made me recall certain pieces of this book.

Overall this has has help up well and so has my review.

A few more things:

I very much appreciate her distinctions between sadists and psychopaths. This is an important piece and this distinction is not made at all, or is obscured, in typical media discussions of psychopathy.

The chapter on staff seduction is particularly illuminating UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2018: I reread this after conversations surrounding Brett Kavanaugh and other sexual assault stories made me recall certain pieces of this book.

Overall this has has help up well and so has my review.

A few more things:

I very much appreciate her distinctions between sadists and psychopaths. This is an important piece and this distinction is not made at all, or is obscured, in typical media discussions of psychopathy.

The chapter on staff seduction is particularly illuminating because it shows how charismatic these individuals can be, and who is vulnerable to their manipulation even AFTER these criminals are caught for very violent crimes (and their crimes are known).

What stood out as being weak to me after reading this time around was the parts on deception. She is quite right about humans being very bad at detecting deception. Her remarks on polygraphs, though, have not aged well. Polygraphs are junk science and more useful as an interrogation tool (the results she refers to in the book come from good interrogators who convince the subjects they are able to detect deception). She fails to mention how easy it is for psychopaths to beat the tests in her chapter on psychopathy, a very bad omission, in my opinion. She also discusses statement analysis which is not nearly as useful, we now know, than it seems from this book.

Her core point is that humans can't really tell when people who are practiced at lying are lying, which is completely true and is the real takeaway here. Verify everything, don't be pressured into making decisions, and don't take people at face value.

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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 read the chapters that I skipped when I first bought it.

This is, again, one of those books that can be helpful and informative, and yet is very, very, very difficult to read. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be if you have children. It's not for the faint of heart.

The book is divided by chapters that address some commonalities to predators (types of deception), and break down types of offenders, and then discusses certain common situations, trauma, and then, at the end, a section on detecting deception (which Dr. Salter is very bearish on, for good reason), and a section on what she calls "deflection".

The weakest section of the book, for me, is the last chapter on "deflection." In my opinion, she gave out some inadequate security advice, and this chapter would have been better left to be written by a true security professional. There was too much reliance on anecdotes. However, this was most obvious in the "low-risk" section of the deflection chapter. What she is correct on is the "high-risk" scenario, which essentially distills to: "be present with your children, pay attention to them, know what they're doing, and be involved in their activities". Good advice all around, predators notwithstanding. ...more
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August 5, 2006

Not as good as expected
I must disagree with the others who gave this book a poor review. I do believe the book is not exploiting fear. It is depcting the truth of a horrible subject and those who downplay this are in some denial. Unfortunalty, how the book conveys this is sub par. It focuses mainly on the offender's mind and the type of horrible crimes offenders commit, but it is often redundant. It briefly departs from its overly dramatized narratives to cover types of offenders, but for the most part I found myself having to hunt for information. Many passages in the book read like a novel with the author trying to play up the drama of the situation which will be almost like culture shock to nayoen used to reading typical psychology books on this subject. It has a lot of filler, I think, and is certainly not a concise information packed book.

The book does drive home one very important thing, though- sex offenders can be anyone- your neighbor, your friend, your pastor and that is the reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1.
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May 23, 2014

Better than I had thought
When I ordered this book I thought it would have some good info and some insight into sexual predators. Working as a family advocate and forensic interviewer I thought I would benefit looking at the problem of child molestation from the other side. I was immediately caught up by the introduction and can't stop reading this book (I know it sounds sick). This book has more realistic information in it than any I have read so far that concern any kind of child abuse. PARENTS NEED TO READ THIS!!!! We don't want to hear about these problems but a lack of information is much worse than a few nights of lost sleep. Salter provides insight and information that is undeniable and straight forward. Her accounts with families, children, and predators is invaluable! It really gives you a look at things from everyone's real life perspective. Highly recommended.
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April 12, 2015

Anna Salter is master of Ideology and hatred masked and sold as science
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 sold to the public as legitimate science. In have seen Salter lecture and misrepresent or lie unabashedly with disregard for the empirical evidence, truth, and with charlatan scholarship. Read it only to find out what scumbags can sell their ideology as science.
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April 28, 2017

Difficult content, but definitely a must read for parents and professions who work with children!
Very informative book. I work with families and children who have experienced sexual abuse and even though I am constantly exposed to the content of what perpetrators do to children, I still had a reaction to the content of the book. I highly recommend it as it is helpful to inform ourselves about perpetrators' grooming behaviors to inform our communities and protect our children.
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June 9, 2016

Informative and Highly Readable
This book should be required reading for anyone who is charged with the safety and well being of children. Teachers, social workers, police officers and parents all stand to benefit from the sound advice and practical information contained within. Despite it's distasteful subject matter, this is an interesting and enlightening read.
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April 3, 2011

Difficult but Necessary Book to Identify Predators
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 external realities or internal thoughts and feelings. [...]Society denies the cruelties of predators in our communities, while also denying the effects of sex abuse on victims. The remedy for denial is information, and the knowledge of what it takes to keep our children safe. Dr. Salter's book offers the awareness needed to prevent the perpetuation of sex offenses in our neighborhoods. The reader is not asked to understand predators but to identify them.

A premise of the book is in the phrases "No opportunity. No abuse." Dr. Salters states that it is the parent's responsibility to "avoid situations where sexual abuse is possible." She urges parents to supervise their children during community activities. This presumes that a child has caring parents who take the time to determine what sexual abuse is and when abuse is possible. It's possible that a child does not have such a parent. Therefore, it is up to the community to be wise about the manipulations of a predator.

Predators is divided into eleven chapters, with a full Index, Bibliography, and Notes that offer specific information to lay people and academics alike. Delving into the predators' consciousness and lack of conscience via Dr. Salters interviews is no easy task. However, she urges us to know what they look for so that we can protect ourselves and our children.
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Aug 11, 2019

CW: descriptions of child sexual abuse and rape, grooming, sadism, and anything you can expect from sexually violent predators

I'm glad that I read this book, but it was a difficult one to get through. I've watched a few of her educational videos on Youtube and they're very, well, educational! Most of the material, i.e. interviews, in this book were taken directly from them. So, I was sitting there able to get a picture in my mind of the man who was talking. The book opens up with a 40-page long CW: descriptions of child sexual abuse and rape, grooming, sadism, and anything you can expect from sexually violent predators

I'm glad that I read this book, but it was a difficult one to get through. I've watched a few of her educational videos on Youtube and they're very, well, educational! Most of the material, i.e. interviews, in this book were taken directly from them. So, I was sitting there able to get a picture in my mind of the man who was talking. The book opens up with a 40-page long chapter that spends most of its time refuting people who have said over the years, and recently, that child sex abuse isn't abuse. It's normal and not harmful to the child.

It's sad that she has to open it up like that, isn't it?

From there, it goes into how they use deception, child molesters, rapists, psychopaths, sadists, and how to stop these people in their tracks. The focus of this book is definitely on child sexual abuse. I read this because I thought it would be good for my personal knowledge with my career. I never know when I'll run into a sexually violent predator for a client (not a population I want to work with, but one I might have walk in) or someone who was sexually abused.

This is a very good book and is written by someone who has dedicated her life to this field. But it was just hard to get through, both on an emotional and literal level. It's very dense and things blended together at the end. ...more
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September 11, 2017

The Plan Truth about Abuse
Let me just tell you that this is likely the best book I have ever read on understanding abuse. I consider myself more a student of Spiritual Abuse (cults and the like) rather than Sexual Abuse, however, I could not put this book down. If you want the plan truth about abuse, Anna Salter does not hold back. I was impressed with the research and personal knowledge she has on the subject. This is a great book! WARNING: It can be disturbing, the truth sometimes has to be.
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November 12, 2013

instructive
This is not a book you will purchase for the enjoyment of reading. I was working for a while with such prisoners, and for me this book acted as a guide to dealing with the psychopathic mindset. As such, I found this book very informative, instructive and - yes, shocking. I suppose for me, the basic lesson I learned was that my caring mindset and attitude is something like honey attracting a bee. Perhaps that example should be rephrased: like a wounded gazelle attracting a vicious psychopathic hyena drooling over the victim.

Why only 4 stars? I found the book too much reflected an american feminist stridency. That detracted from the intended message. It should not be a reason for you not to buy this book.
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June 13, 2017

Get this book if you want to use a magnifying glass
I'll be returning this book because the FONT is so small... it's like trying to read a book on a bottle of Ibuprofen!!! I've NEVER seen font be this small for a book but I tried reading it & can't even enjoy the pleasure of reading due to this ridiculous complication.
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Nov 06, 2009

Here is an excerpt from the foreword of this book (written by Gavin de Becker):

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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 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 though the majority of sexual abuse is committed by someone the family knows.

Hard as it is to accept the idea that a well-liked neighbour or family friend might be sexually abusing a child, imagine the idea that it's someone in your own family. It's easy to replace that unwelcome thought with a warmer one like, "Not in this family."

And yet one in three girls and one in six boys will have sexual contact with an adult, so it must be occurring in someone's family...

If a discussion requires exploration of harsh truths some parents will try to wriggle away: "Talking about those things, you just bring them on," or "Yes, I know all about that stuff; can we please change to a happier subject?" Under pressure, though, they will ultimately acknowledge the risks, realising that appearing to know is often the best defence against unwanted knowledge. These parents are not stupid - to the contrary, there is brilliance in the creative ways that 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, says reality, most sexual abuse is committed by heterosexual males.

"Yeah, but that kind of pervert isn't living in our neighbourhood."

Sorry, says reality, but that kind of pervert IS living in your neighbourhood. The Department of Justice estimates that on average, there is one child molester per square mile in the United States.

"Well, at least the police know who these people are."

Not likely, says reality, since the average child molester victimises between 50 and 150 children before he is ever arrested (and many more after he is arrested).

When all defenses against reality are taken away, some parents switch to resignation, literally resigning from responsibility: "Well, there's nothing you can do about it anyway." This misplaced fatalism actually becomes fatal for some children.

Another common refrain uttered by deniers of the dangers of sexual abuse is: "Well, kids are resilient. When bad things happen, they bounce back."

Absolutely not, says reality. Children do not bounce back. They adjust, they conceal, they repress, and sometimes they accept and move on, but they don't bounce back.

~*~

I've never made it a secret that I had a pretty god-awful childhood in some respects (and in other ways, I consider myself as having been quite fortunate). I have a wonderful psychologist who I knew previously in another capacity, who is now helping me through some of the worst stuff I've ever had to deal with. He recommended the above book to me. He specialises in paedophiles and their victims, and said that while he wouldn't necessarily recommend every survivor of sexual assault to read such books, he felt that knowing me as he does, this book would be of great help to me - especially regarding my constant questions of, "But why?". He was right.

The author, Anna Salter, is a psychologist who also specialises in paedophiles and their victims, and has written this amazing book that will let you get inside the minds of the scum of society. She includes excerpts of interviews with such predators, illustrating just what they really are - as opposed to what they would have us see and think they are.

Who would have thought that a 272-page book could have such a profound impact on me? I certainly didn't. Reading this book would have to be up there on the list of the "Best Ten Things I Ever Did During my Life". In the time it took me to read this book, I made progress I doubt I could have otherwise made, and certainly had never made in the decades following a year's worth of sexual abuse perpetrated against me by a neighbour, from the ages of four to five. Any guilt that I may have experienced lifted and vanished as the truth of these vile creatures was laid out in front of me - often in paedophiles' own words.

Now, I have known forever that it is NEVER the child's fault, and on a rational level I never believed myself to be responsible. But due to the things that this person did, and the things that he said, on an emotional level there's long been a question lingering in the back of my mind. However, after reading Salter's book, there are no such questions anymore. I liken this experience to a child believing that Santa Claus didn't visit because she was naughty - and then the realisation dawns that no, Santa Claus didn't visit because Santa was NEVER who and what she believed him to be to begin with. The stunned shock, the relief that her suspicions had been right all along - there never really was a magic man that got all the way around the world in one night - and then the anger at the deception. Why? Why would someone do that? And then the utter relief that there was NOTHING she could have said or done to make Santa visit or not, because Santa was a sham. Ditto for paedophiles. These parasites prey on those that have no protection and little (if any) defence. Their victims are chosen with patience and care. They groom children - and the families of these children - over time, to develop trust, test boundaries, and find out whether a selected child is a suitable target. As Salter points out in her book, people constantly make the mistake of confusing "nice" with "trustworthy". ANYONE can be "nice" for as long as necessary, in order to get what they want. "Well, he seemed nice enough" or "But she was so nice!" are the sorts of things many people say when they discover the crime and deception. Of COURSE they were nice. Do you think you'd let your child be alone with them if they WEREN'T?!

My mother (like the parents of many victims of childhood sexual assault) has blamed herself for what happened to me - she has told herself that she should have known; she shouldn't have let me visit to play with the offender's son, she should have done something, she should-- Forget it. Seriously. As I have said to my mother countless times: In no way do I, or have I ever, held her responsible. If she HAD known, it wouldn't have happened, would it? If he were going to do it in front of her, she could have stopped it. It's the offender's fault, not hers. If a person walks through the bush and doesn't see a snake and gets bitten, it's not that person's fault. Snakes do what snakes do. Does that mean you'll never walk through the bush? Likewise, predators do what they do, and it's not the child's fault, or the fault of the parents (if they didn't know and weren't told). Does that mean that you'll never let your child out of the house?

This reminds me of a story I read as a child.

A tiger and a snake happened to bump into each other at a river. They both needed to get to the other side.

"Oh Tiger," said the snake, "I can't get across the river. Would you be so kind as to let me ride on your back to the other side?"

"No way!" said the tiger. "You're a snake. How do I know you won't bite me?"

"Well," replied the snake, "If I bite you, both of us will drown. What good would that do me? Trust me. I won't bite you - I promise."

The tiger didn't like the idea, but thought that the snake's point was logical. He reluctantly let the snake slither onto his back, and they set across the river together. Just as they reached the other side, the snake lunged forward and bit the tiger. The tiger screamed in pain. "You promised you wouldn't bite me! Why did you do that?!" he cried.

The snake stared unfeelingly at his dying victim. "I'm a snake," said the snake - and he slithered away.

Moral of the story:
Some people simply aren't trustworthy. Paedophiles are paedohpiles. They abuse children. It's what they do. Is it worth the risk, no matter how logical it seems to think you can trust them?

Trust your gut. Your instinct is there for a reason.

Salter's book has given me a type of freedom I've never known before. The insights PREDATORS offer are priceless. My only word of caution is that there is a chapter on sadists. Approach with caution, especially if you are going to let a minor or someone who's fragile, read it. Other than that, this book will show you how sex offenders operate, what to look for, and the few things you can do to help keep your kids safe. Learn how to spot a snake. I shouldn't have to tell you that it's worth it. ...more

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