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Author Prendergast, William E.

Title Sexual abuse of children and adolescents : a preventive guide for parents, teachers, and counselors / William E. Prendergast
Published New York : Continuum, 1996


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Description 336 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The Sex Offender -- 2. The Survivor -- 3. The Effects of Sexual Abuse -- 4. Non-abusive Parents -- 5. Incestuous Parents -- 6. The Triple Damage of Religion and Cults -- 7. Parental Behaviors -- 8. Parental Teachings -- 9. Peer Teachings, Suggestions, and Influence -- 10. The Role and Pressures of Society -- 11. Self-Imposed Rulers -- 12. Recognition and Warning Signs -- 13. Treatment Issues -- 14. Final Thoughts
Summary Prendergast's proposed solution is knowledge for all concerned. He presents a thorough understanding of the makeup of 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 even professional counselors make. Through this knowledge, Prendergast maintains that at least 90 percent of seductive molestations can be prevented and a smaller but significant percentage of assaultive molestations can be avoided as well
In this, his third volume, Dr. Prendergast focuses on preventing the sexual abuse of so many of our young children and adolescents. After 34 years of experience in the "cesspool" of sexual offenses, he is convinced that naivete, denial, and complacency by not only the children/adolescents but by adults as well are essential factors in these abuses and that the sexual predator utilizes these elements to successfully achieve his or her perverted needs
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [317]-319) and index
Subject Child sexual abuse -- Prevention.
Sexually abused children -- Psychology.
Sexually abused teenagers -- Psychology.
LC no. 95044573
ISBN 0826408923 (alk. paper)