April 6, 2006

Preventing Child Abuse

Child molesters will tell you that victimizing children is 'simple,' that adults are 'just as easy to fool.' According to child abuse forensic expert Cory Jewell-Jensen, the problem is that traditional child sex abuse prevention programs don't work. She calls for a new approach, putting the responsibility for child abuse prevention where it belongs, on adults.

Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with Jewell-Jensen about how we can learn to protect our children by listening to advice from convicted child molesters. She believes we must learn how sexual predators act and think before we can prevent child abuse. Jewell-Jensen also challenges the current way we try to stop child abuse, by expecting children to report the crime. She says it is time for parents to trust adults who have access to our children a lot less and to be more proactive.

Book suggestions:

Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders: Who They Are, How They Operate, and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children by Anna C. Salter (Basic Books, 2003)

Identifying Child Molesters: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse by Recognizing the Patterns of the Offenders by Carla Van Dam (Haworth Press, 2001)