The sexual abuse of children is one of the most morally unsettling and emotionally inflammatory issues in American society today. It has been estimated that roughly one out of every four girls and one in ten boys experience some form of unwanted sexual attention either inside or outside the family before they reach adulthood.
How should society deal with the sexual victimization of children? Should known offenders be released back into our communities? If so, where, and with what rights, should they be allowed to live? In Unspeakable Acts, Douglas W. Pryor argues that much of this debate, designed to deal with abusers after they have offended, ignores the important issue of why men cross these forbidden sexual boundaries to molest children in the first place and how the behavior can possibly be prevented before it starts.
Incorporating in-depth interviews with more than thirty convicted child molesters, Pryor explores how men become involved with breaking sexual boundaries with children. He looks at how their lives prior to offending contributed to and led up to what they did, the ways that initial interest in sex with children began, the tactics offenders employed to molest their victims over time, how they felt about and reacted to their behavior between offending episodes, and how they were ultimately able to stop.
The author expands our understanding of this often reviled, little understood group, leaving us with the uneasy conclusion that the moral wall separating us from what is defined as extreme, sick behavior is not as opaque as we would like to believe.
Doug W. Pryor
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How dangerous your child's life can be around strangers, and people who put on a mask of trust, so they can molest your child first chance they get; like on the car ride home from a prison they were just released from for molesting a child, in the back seat, molesting YOUR child, while you drive!! ( its in the book ) and I shudder to think of some of the other things in that book. You will freak out. So if you love your kids, read this book. And if you're a sick bastard who does this to kids, turn yourself in, you know you will never stop till you're arrested.
Unspeakable acts would also be put out of our awareness if possible. However, sexual abuse of children appears in the news more that anyone would like. This is the only book I know of based on interviews with perpetrators, seeking to understand the influences on their abhorrent behavior. It also searches the thoughts and motivations of such individuals. Beginning to understand these people is the first step to learning how to deal with them in a more effective manner than trying to pretend their behavior does not exist or trying to stamp it out mindlessly. In my opinion, this is a landmark book. Joseph G. Langen, author of The Pastor's Inferno.
I was a victim of a sexual molester many years ago. Wish this was available then! This read helped me understand the predators point of view! Such as "walk in their shoes"! Knowing what's in this book might help prevent future molestation! I recommend this book!
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