|| Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims: A Practical Guide
|| Anna Salter
|| Sage Publications © 1988
275 South Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90212
$35.00 (c) / $16.95 (p)
This book consists of 15 chapters written by six authors,
primarily from Vermont. Although we need good treatment formats for sexual
offenders, this book may have limited use. It completely ignores the female
offender. Although it describes a unique treatment tool, the
boredom-masturbation tape, it adds little else that is new. The book clearly
indicates the poverty of our interventions and methods of treatment. While the
author stresses that all practitioners should keep up with the current
literature, she violates this principle herself as her references indicate.
This book will frustrate the reader by its confusion of rape
and feminist theory with child sexual abuse and much of the book is naive and
not well thought out. The author appears informed by myths and ignores the
burgeoning professional literature on erroneous sexual charges and the problems
of accusations of sexual abuse in divorce and custody. The book indulges in
vague, inexact language, injudicious use of selected statements and ends up
being a disservice to professionals in the field.
Reviewed by LeRoy Schultz, School of
Social Work, West Virginia University.