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Who Is a Stranger and What Should I Do? (An Albert Whitman Prairie Book) -- Explains how to deal with strangers in public places, on the telephone, and in cars, emphasizing situations in which the best thing to do is run away or talk to another adult.


My Body Is Private A mother-child conversation introduces the topic of sexual abuse and ways to keep one's body private.


Something Happened and I'm Scared to Tell: A Book for Young Victims of Abuse
With the help of a friendly lion, a young sexual abuse victim is able to talk about sexual abuse and recover self-esteem. Gentle and positive approach to reassure children.


Trouble With Secrets -- Secrets can be a confusing issue for children which secrets should be told and which secrets should be kept? This book helps children distinguish between hurtful secrets and good surprises.


Safe Kids : A Complete Child-Safety Handbook and Resource Guide for Parents A handbook and working reference for parents of children from birth through high school. Using positive guidelines rather than a list of do's and don'ts, the book will help you provide your child with a sense of security and the ability to act and react in challenging situations. Topics covered include school, street, transportation, recreation and medical safety, spending time at home alone, sexual abuse and more. Parents and children will learn how to handle the hazards of today's complex world.

Slayer of Innocence
by Jim Conover
More than 16 young boys throughout the Midwest, California, Oklahoma and Arizona disappeared under similar circumstances and 14 had been discovered murdered. This pedophile predator had made the Midwest his killing field from 1972 until 1979.

Father-Daughter Incest by Judith Lewis Herman
Through an intensive clinical study of forty incest victims and numerous interviews with professionals in mental health, child protection, and law enforcement, Judith Herman develops a composite picture of the incestuous family.

Innocence Betrayed: Paedophilia, the Media, and Society by Jon Silverman, David Wilson

The Hidden Monster: Pedophilia
by Shawn Michael Dove

Because I Love You - The Silent Shadow of Child Sexual Abuse Susan Gubar, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of English, Indiana University "Uses her own intensely painful past to combat the complicities of silence among relatives and friends which harm our children."

Sexual Exploitation of Children: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives, Ninety-Fifth Congress, 1st Session May, 23, 25,

American Justice: Rape in Connecticut Story of the former high school wrestling star who spent eight years as a fugitive in Europe before surrendering in Switzerland in 1995. A standout at Darien High School, 18-year old Alex Kelly was charged with raping two teenage girls four days apart in 1986. Kelly is currently serving a 16-year sentence.


The Safe Child Book: A Commonsense Approach to Protecting Children and Teaching Children to Protect Themselves -- Based on the author's successful education workshop, which gives parents effective and nonthreatening techniques for teaching children how to protect themselves without making them afraid. Written by one of the few nationally recognized authorities on the subject, The Safe Child Book provides a comprehensive educational program covering a wide range of topics that concern parents today, including sexual abuse, abduction, leaving children alone, surfing the Internet, school safety, and choosing a day-care center or baby-sitter.


Pedophilia, (paedophilia, pædophilia) are adult sexual fantasies and desires towards children. Pedophilia is not a crime but acting on those feelings is.

The median age of the victims of imprisoned sexual offenders was less than 13 years old." Bureau of Justice Standards

In 1991, 96% of female rape victims younger than 12 years old, knew their attackers. 20% were victimized by their fathers or step-fathers. US Department of Justice

A 1994 survey of 453 pedophiles, revealed they were collectively responsible for the molestation of over 67,000 children; an average of 148 children per pedophile. National Institute of Health survey conducted by Dr. Gene Abel

2/3rds of Sex Offenders in State Prisons were victimized a Child Bureau of Justice Standards

60% of 234,000 sexual offenders in 1994 convicted of rape or sexual assault were under conditional supervision in the community. Bureau of Justice Standards

Pedophilia is an adult acting out sexual urges towards juveniles not mature enough to consent to sex with an adult. It is illegal, it is held to the same criminal standard as rape the perpetrator is classified as a sexual offender.

Pedophilia is diagnosed solely on sexual fantasies or urges -- not acts. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders American Psychiatric Association's 4th edition diagnostic criteria for pedophilia (302.2) is:

A. Over a period of at least 6 months, recurrent, intense sexually arousing fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors involving sexual activity with a prepubescent child or children (generally 13 years or younger).

B. The fantasies, sexual urges, or behaviors cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.

C. The person is at least age 16 years and at least 5 years older than the child or children in Criterion A.

Note: Do not include an individual in late adolescence involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a 12- or 13-year-old.

Children are a pedophile's primary sexual attraction however a distinction is made between situational offenders and pedophiles. Children are not the primary sexual preference of situational offenders but if the situation presents itself they will act on it. Fathers who have incestuous relationships with their daughters incest are usually situational offenders.

Juvenile sex offender's crimes refer to violent or consensual illegal acts. Hebephilia, hebophilia, and ephebophilia differentiates attraction to adolescents, from an attraction to younger children.

In ancient Greece pederasty, was sex between adult male philosophers or scholars and their young male students through anal intercourse. This form of arete, was considered an honor. In some South Pacific islands, jerungdu, is a rite of passage; where older boys receive oral sex from younger boys to facilitate sexual maturity.

Sexually abused children and their families need immediate professional treatment to help the children regain self-esteem, cope with guilt, and overcoming the trauma. Treatment reduces the risk of the child developing serious problems as an adult. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child sexual assault is exploiting or coercing sex on anyone under the age of 18. It does not require physical contact but includes voyeurism, exhibitionism, pornography, fondling, oral/anal/vaginal penetration, and prostitution.

Sexual Assault of Young Children as Reported to Law Enforcement: Victim, Incident, and Offender Characteristics Presents findings from the National Incident-Based Reporting System regarding sexual assault, especially of young children. The data reports from 12 States law enforcement agencies 1991 - 1996 in 4 categories: forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. Findings include detailed characteristics.

Sexual Abuse Statistics

Celebrity survivors of child sexual abuse speak out

Child Sexual Abuse (pdf; 75 KB) The Sexual Assault Crisis Center

Child Sexual Abuse A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet Julia Whealin, Ph.D. Sexually abused children may show symptoms of PTSD, including agitated behavior, frightening dreams, and repetitive play of the abuse. Because of the abuse children may show sexual behavior inappropriate for their age. Children tend to "act out" with behavior problems, depression, or by withdrawing. They may try to injure themselves or attempt suicide.

The Ward Weaver Story: On a stormy winter morning, Ashley Pond, 12, a seventh-grader headed for the school bus stop in Oregon City, OR about 8 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2002. Ashley did not make it to school. Two months later on March 8, 2002, 13-year-old Miranda Diane Gaddis, disappeared after she left her apartment at 8 a.m. for the school bus. Ashley and Miranda attended the same school, rode the same bus, were in the same dance class and had a common friend.

Searching For Angela Shelton -- Angela knew about the subject of sexual abuse well, because that was her dark secret.

Thierry and Myriam Delay (aka Myriam Badaoui) were found guilty of abusing their own four children and getting relatives and neighbors on a French housing estate involved.

Writing about my rape at the age of seven was the hardest story I'd ever done. Then I landed in jail.

In girls sports in Washington, 159 coaches have been reprimanded or fired for sexual misconduct in the past decade. And 98 continued to coach or teach - as schools, the state and even some parents looked the other way. Read the response about how school districts and the teachers' union tried to keep the records secret.

East on the Jericho Road: The Murder of Paulette Crickmore September 10, 1986, Paulette, 15, was on her way to school when she vanished.

My Favorite Teacher -- One night my biology teacher picked up a 17 year-old hitchhiker named Jefferson Wesley. He ordered the boy to bend over and locate the hangman's noose by his feet. Wesley found it and tightened it around his neck the way Mr. Lindwall instructed.

The first media exposs about a massive trade in child pornography started in the US, England and Scandinavia at the end of the 1970s. They reached the Netherlands for the first time in 1984, causing shock and fascination, because of the enormous volume of business.

Alejandro Avila accused of murdering Samantha Runnion, was acquitted of molesting 2 other young girls. The mother of one of those girls, Avila's former fiancee, Beth Veglahn, shares her story.

Former Green Bay Packer Mark Chmura, 31, acquitted of 3rd-degree sexual assault and child enticement after a teenager claimed he raped her at an after prom party. Chmura faced a $300 fine for allowing drinking by Catholic Memorial High School students. Chmura said his behavior "wasn't something a married man should do." The party was hosted by Robert Gessert, 43, father of a daughter graduating was ordered to pay a $6,000 fine and 80 hours of community service. Gessert pulled a friend of his daughter onto his lap in the hot tub and inserted a finger in her vagina.

Movie director Roman Polanski, whose pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson family, accused of raping Samantha Geimer, 13, pled guilty to sex with a minor but fled and has been a fugitive from US justice for 25 years.

We can do a better job with a young sex offender -- Nicholas Stroeder, 13, sex offender, assaulted a 9-year-old foster sister and tried to rape a woman in a bathroom stall on a field trip. Deputies at $40 an hour guard him round the clock while alternative is sought. "I just want what's right for my son," says Helen Stroeder, mother.

Church protects pedophiles, victim charges in lawsuit -- A woman sexually abused as a child by a leader of a Jehovah's Witnesses church, filed a civil lawsuit against the congregation, and the national organization, alleging they protect pedophiles.

The history and outcome of one of the largest and most controversial child sexual molestation cases - Little Rascals Day Care center in Edenton, NC.

In "The Child Terror," Peter J. Boyer travels to Dade County, Florida to explore the roots and consequences of the nation's 15-year legal battle against child sexual abuse. During the 1980s, high-profile cases were prosecuted by Janet Reno.

Children who molest other children.

Castrating chemicals - A sexually abusive doctor claims he is cured by a drug called Lupron that decreases testosterone, the hormone that fuels sex drive. Salon

Sexual Harassment Hotline Resource List- - Sexual Harassment Internet Resources- These groups and agencies deal with sexual harassment on the job or in school settings. Feminist Majority Foundation

Megan's Law in All 50 States -- May 17, 1996, President Clinton signed Megan's Law . Megan's Law goals include Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification programs.

Children and Human Trafficking -- Not only is the sale of children itself made more accessible and inexpensive through telecommunications advances, but the expansion of existing criminal networks is facilitated by rapid and enhanced contact-gathering and information exchange capacities.

Trafficking in Women and Children Mekong Sub-Region "When I realized that I have been sold from one place to another like goods I felt ashamed and disappointed. I'm a human being. I have the right to live like other people." - Cambodian woman

The Pedophile Panic Is child sexual abuse an epidemic or hype? Judith Levine scours the internet for news stories related to sex offenders, sex crimes, sexual abuse, legislation and other news of interest.

Terrify No More --In a small village outside of Phnom Pehn, little children as young as five years old were forced to live as sex slaves. Day after day their hope was slipping away. Tireless workers from International Justice Mission (IJM) infiltrated the ring of brothels and gathered evidence to free the children. Headed up by former war-crimes investigator Gary Haugen, IJM faced impossible odds-police corruption, death threats, and mission-thwarting tip-offs. But they used their expert legal finesse and high-tech investigative techniques to save the lives of 37 young girls and secured the arrest and conviction of several perpetrators. Terrify No More focuses on this dramatic rescue story, and uses flashbacks to tell those of many other victims who were given a second chance at life by this amazing organization.

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Capturing the Friedmans

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Capturing The Friedmans is a middle-class family living in an affluent New York suburb. On Thanksgiving, as the family gathers for dinner, their front door explodes, by a police battering ram. Officers accused Arnold Friedman and his youngest son Jesse of shocking crimes. The film follows their story through real footage inside the house. As police investigate, and the community reacts, the family disintegrates, revealing the truth.

Michael Jackson Was My Lover

Held Captive: The Kidnapping and Rescue of Elizabeth Smart -- by Maggie Haberman, Jeane MacIntosh -- On a June night in 2002, in Salt Lake City, a teenager Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bedroom. March of the following year, Elizabeth was discovered a few miles from her home, a prisoner of a self proclaimed Messiah and his wife.

American Justice: Rape in Connecticut (2000) The former high school wrestling star who spent eight years as a fugitive in Europe before surrendering in Switzerland in 1995. A standout at Darien High School, 18-year old Alex Kelly was charged with raping two teenaged girls four days apart in 1986. Kelly is currently serving a 16-year sentence.

17 Days: The Katie Beers Story by Arthur Herzog -- Katie Beers, in West Islip, a Long Island suburb roamed the streets at all hours. Child protection authorities knew Katie stayed with her mother in a filthy, roach-infested house. December 28, 1992, 2 days before her 10th birthday, Katie left for an outing with a family friend, handyman, John Esposito. He claimed to have driven Katie to an amusement center and lost her. January 13th, Katie was found alive locked in a bunker under Esposito's garage, chained by the neck.

Male Sexual Abuse: A Trilogy of Intervention Strategies The field of treatment of male sexual abuse victims has evolved to the point where multiple perspectives can be considered and this is certainly a sign of growth. provided mental health and human service professional with clinically sophisticated points of view as well as stimulus for further discussion of ways to improve clinical intervention with adolescent male sexual perpetrators and victims.


Treating Nonoffending Parents in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: Connections for Family Safety A program for nonoffending parents and partners of sex offenders, helps therapists determine if and when children can live safely in homes with known sexual offenders and presents a model for treating the nonoffending members of families who plan reunification. While the authors do not advocate reunification, the book describes a plan that keeps family safety through relapse prevention as the first priority.

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