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Who offends
Now that we have some of the basic facts, we’re ready to look at who commits child sexual abuse and tackle the myth that we can rely on a checklist to spot predators. There are no warning labels. In fact, offenders are typically charming, friendly and well-liked individuals. Learning to accept that predators are typically trusted community professionals will better enable us to shift our focus from detection to prevention.

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June webinar: How offenders fool us
Using storytelling, discussion and video, Dr. Anna Salter describes who child molesters are and how they fool people. Salter’s presentation, which examines deception and an offender’s double life, emphasizes the importance of utilizing prevention policies to avert offenders. Salter trains, consults and writes extensively on sexual abuse, sexual offenders and victimization. You will not want to miss this important and engaging webinar.

Date: July 2, 2013
Time: 1-2 p.m. ET
Cost: Free

Register today>>

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Confusing likeability with trustworthiness
Experts agree that friendliness is a choice, and predators choose to be warm and caring. It’s common for predators to have excellent reputations, offer a variety of sporting activities for kids, help with homework and spend time with the family outside of organizational activities. Because these individuals are familiar and feel safe, experts discern it is common to confuse likeability with trustworthiness. Understanding the difference may help us better prevent predatory behaviors.

Campaign Spotlight
Join the movement to stop abuse

During April and May, 54 organizations and 151 individuals from 43 states made the commitment to stop abuse in sport. Are you one of them? If so, thank you for your continued support. We appreciate your efforts to:

  - Lead by example.
  - Implement practices to protect kids.
  - Collaborate with your community.

This month, we’re asking you to encourage parents to make the commitment. Parents play an important role in preventing abuse by modeling appropriate behavior and encouraging open communication with their children.

So pass this on, and ask parents to make the commitment.

Making the commitment - for parents


Last Month/Up Next
May 2013: Understanding the issue
July 2013: When, where and how abuse occurs

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Featured Speaker: Dr. Anna Salter
A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Anna Salter is a part-time consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Additionally, Salter lectures on sex offenders and consults with victims throughout the United States and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, England, New Zealand and Scotland, and she has conducted trainings in 10 countries, including all 50 states across the U.S.

Learn more


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