Protecting Your Child from Predators
How to Recognize and Respond to Sexual Danger
Keeping a Child Safe Requires More Awareness Than Ever
Even aware parents often underestimate the dangers their children face. Research indicates that 1 in 4 females and 1 in 6 males are sexually abused before age 18. In most cases, the enemy is not a faceless stranger, it's someone you know and trust--a neighbor, a coach, or even a family member.
This book provides practical steps to ensure you're doing all you can to reduce the risks of abuse. But since you cannot be with your children 24/7, the authors teach you how to help your child develop awareness and strategies in the face of potential dangers--without making them fearful.
Dr. Robinson, whose decades-long practice focuses on abused and endangered children, calls on her own case studies to show age-appropriate conversation starters for parents, teaching them how to ask the right questions and provide the right boundaries.
This book will help you move from fear to confidence on this critical topic that is just too important to ignore.
Beth Robinson, EdD, is a licensed professional counselor and approved supervisor for licensed professional counselors. She is also a certified school counselor with a teaching certificate and is a frequent expert witness in legal proceedings involving sexual abuse. Dr. Robinson and her family live in Lubbock, Texas.
Latayne C. Scott, PhD, is an award-winning veteran of the Christian publishing industry and has written over two dozen books. She has a PhD in biblical studies, and she and her husband of forty-five years live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"If you're a parent, chances are one of your biggest fears is that your child will be sexually assaulted--and given today's 24-hour news cycle, we see and hear plenty of sickening accounts to feed our worst fears. In their new book, however, Drs. Robinson and Scott encourage you not to live in fear, but to equip yourself and your kids with the awareness and skills that will help keep them safe."
Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family
"This book is a weapon against the enemy of your child's heart and soul. It's a shield to protect them from known and unknown predators. It will enable you to parent not out of fear but confidently. It's such a practical and empowering book!"
Chris Fabry, author and host of Chris Fabry Live
"This book should be a desk reference for every parent, pastor, church leader, school administrator, teacher, and anyone who works with children. The authors do a fantastic job of equipping parents to foster a 'warrior's heart' in their children."
Camille Cates, author, speaker, ACBC certified counselor
"Protecting Your Child from Predators was an absolute eye-opener for me. Robinson and Scott made me aware of the dangers our children face. Full of practical tips for sleepovers, camps, and neighborhood bike rides. This book is a must-read for every parent to keep their children safe and strong."
Sam Chan, City Bible Forum, Australia
"In our world today, this book is necessary and sobering. It was especially helpful in breaking down age groups, giving specific examples of how predators work. It is our moral and Christian responsibility to be informed, take action, and do our very best to protect all who are at risk. This resource is needed in every home, school, and church."
Lisa Crump, vice-president volunteer mobilization and liaison to prayer ministries, National Day of Prayer Task Force
"At a time when we're becoming increasingly aware of the prevalence of sexual abuse, we need the guidance Drs. Robinson and Scott provide in this long-overdue resource. Parents will be thankful for the safeguards presented here to protect their children and teens from life-altering abuse. And so will the children in your care."
Sally Gary, director, CenterPeace, and author of Loves God, Likes Girls
"Protecting Your Child from Predators is one of the most comprehensive and helpful books on abuse written specifically for parents. It's the perfect balance of factual research, personal stories, and application for each stage of your child's development. This book will help prevent abuse."
Jimmy Hinton, MDiv, minister and abuse advocate, Somerset Church of Christ, JimmyHinton.org
"Sadly, whether it is a doctor, teacher, or most regrettably, a member of the clergy, child sexual abuse is plaguing our sexually saturated culture. Love your children and grandchildren by protecting them. This book is a great tool for you to prepare now or run the risk of counseling later."
Corey Miller, PhD, president/CEO, Ratio Christi
"Our worst nightmare--someone we love, especially a child, experiences any form of sexual abuse. And we find out years later, which finally explains the acting out, the hiding, the sudden shift in personality, but doesn't do a thing for our sense of helplessness and horror that it occurred under our watch. Drs. Beth Robinson and Latayne Scott provide a no-nonsense guide to facing this difficult subject unflinchingly. Their suggestions are clear and concise. Their approach is sensitive yet direct. This is a must-have guide for anyone who has charge of raising a human being--a needed support for navigating these difficult waters of an all too pervasive plague--predators."
Patti Rokus, author/artist of RocksTellStories.com