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NCJ Number: 161804 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents: A Preventive Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Counselors
Author(s): W E Prendergast
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 336
Sponsoring Agency: Continuum Publishing Company
New York, NY 10017
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8264-0892-3
Sale Source: Continuum Publishing Company
370 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book provides information and guidance for parents, teachers, and counselors to help them prevent the sexual abuse of children and adolescents or recognize the early signs that abuse has occurred so early treatment may begin.
Abstract: The author, who is experienced in treating both sex offenders and survivors of sexual abuse and assault, advises that naivete, denial, and complacency by children/adolescents as well as adults allow sexual abuse to occur; sexual predators rely on these factors to select and seduce their victims. To provide the knowledge necessary to prevent sexual abuse, this book profiles the sexual predator; the personality traits of the ideal victims; the needs and reasoning of children and adolescents; the opportunities and locations of sexual molestations; and the mistakes that parents, teachers, religious leaders, and professional counselors make. The author argues that possession of such knowledge can help prevent at least 90 percent of seductive molestations and a smaller but significant percentage of assaultive molestations. Recognition and warning signs that sexual abuse may already have occurred are also discussed. Suggestions for the initial contact with survivors of sexual abuse are offered, and the importance of parental and family involvement in the treatment of the victim is emphasized. 6 figures, 49 suggested readings, a subject index, and a glossary of terms
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child abuse prevention training; Child molesters; Child Sexual Abuse; Offender profiles; Parent education; Sexually abused adolescents; Victim profiles
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