Letter: Molester grooming behavior

May 1, 2014 

A headline in the April 27 Herald announced, "Abuse victims sue school district." Psychologist Anna Salter, author of Predators, Pedophiles, Rapists, wrote that our misconceptions about predators make us vulnerable.

"You portray yourself as a church leader or a music teacher or whatever it takes to make the family think you're OK," a predator told Salter. "You show that child, you show the parents that you're really interested in that kid. And you just trick the family into believing that you are the most trustworthy person in the world."

Another offender said, "Their families think I'm the greatest that ever lived. Because I'm so nice to them and I'm so kind and so -- there's just nobody better to that person than me."

Once a child molester convinces us he or she is trustworthy and interested in a child, then arranging to spend unsupervised time with a child -- trips, errands, extra coaching, shopping trips, volunteering to take care of them -- appears to be easy.

LYNN CROOK, Richland

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