Innocence Interrupted
A sexual molestation survival & prevention guide
"A powerful book for victims of sexual molestation. Deeply moving and well researched."

"A very insightful book for every parent and individual who is concerned about the predatory evil of sexual molestation in this modern time."
—Dr. Emmanuel Junard, president, Get-Well Naturally, Inc.
Recently I found out that a registered sex offender lives in my 32-unit condominium complex. He is 78 years old and served 10 years for the sexual molestation of an 11-year-old girl. There are only two other children in the complex and I telephoned their parents.

One already knew and the second did not. She immediately rushed to my place to see the photographs of registered sex offenders on the Texas Department of Public Safety website. My neighbor said, "Gosh, they all look so creepy." I disagreed. "I would look like a criminal in a mug shot. I think most of us would."

Innocence Interrupted is an extremely timely book. I think that the move by some States to disclose the faces and addresses of convicted sex offenders can easily give a false sense of security. Not all sex offenders are registered. Moreover, most sex offenders look "normal." They are people's children, spouses, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

It is because sex offenders bear no particular distinguishing mark that those of us who are responsible for children and young adults (parents, teachers, pastors, etc), need to educate ourselves about sex abuse. You cannot tell a sexual abuser simply by looking at his or her face.

Nor can one keep one's children under lock and key 24 hours a day. One should not. Nor can we supervise them every minute of every day. Nevertheless, there are some warning signs to assist us in keeping those in our charge from harm's way or to know that they need our help if they get hurt.

Research has shown conclusively that their victims know most sex offenders.

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"Readers will be drawn to Innocence Interrupted by the brilliant approach of the author in freeing the victims of sexual abuse from unwarranted guilt."
—Loretta Mbadugha, PhD, Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

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