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Unprecedented Book on Sexual Predators Released; FGCU Professor to Host Book Signing
8/9/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - Praeger Publishers recently released a new book written by a Florida Gulf Coast University professor that is being heralded by Sen. Burt Saunders, the dean of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and Abuse Counseling and Treatment of Florida, as an unprecedented manuscript for psychology clinicians and law enforcement personnel.

"Halting the Sexual Predators Among Us: Preventing Attack, Rape, and Lust Homicide" is the only one of its kind in America, associate professor of criminal forensic studies Duane Dobbert said.

Using 35 years of professional experience in the criminal justice system and thousands of interviews with sexual predators, Dobbert illustrates in his book that by identifying precursor behaviors shown by people preparing to act on disordered thinking, psychologists and law enforcement personnel can work to remove the opportunity for such people to act on their ideas.

"People with precursor behaviors may become progressively more serious," Dobbert said. "People who perform exhibitionism and voyeurism for example, may be sexual predators who are exhibiting these behaviors on a continuum that leads them close to their fantasy love victim. If you know the signs to look for, you can identify people with certain behaviors anywhere."

Dobbert wrote the book for every reading level, from clinical down to scenario, so that parents and grandparents can be made aware along with teachers, police officers, prosecutors, social workers, and students of criminal justice, forensic psychology and psychopathology.

Incarceration and therapy have not reduced the rates of crimes such as juvenile sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault, Dobbert said. By society participating in prevention, those rates can be decreased. Readers are able to see life through the sexual predator's eyes, and to understand the motives and intentions of people with abnormal and uncontrollable desires.

The comprehensive book includes chapters on sexual paraphilias, general characteristics, personality disorders, attacks related to paraphilias and personality disorders, prevention, prediction and apprehension.

Praeger Publishing included the book in its spring catalog to 40,000 colleges, universities and libraries in North America and the United Kingdom, in addition to offering it to national bookstores. The FGCU Bookstore is planning a display and book-signing later this year, as are other book retailers in Southwest Florida.

The book will be a standard for university forensic courses, Dobbert said. FGCU plans to use the text in both beginning and advanced forensic psychology classes.

Dobbert presented the new book to about 4,500 attendees of the American Correctional Association's 134th Congress Aug. 1 and 2 in Chicago during a book-signing event.

Dobbert is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychological Specialties.

For more information, contact Dobbert at (239) 590-7816.


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