Practitioners helping adult survivors of child sexual abuse need to be aware of the thought processes of offenders. The premise of Anna Salter's major book is that those who do not recognize an internalized perpetrator when they hear one will often be frustrated by the tenacity of the survivor's self blame. Primarily oriented towards treating adult survivors, this invaluable book will also be useful for treating sex offenders. It includes discussion of crucial issues such as: what clinicians who treat survivors need to know about sex offenders; the different ways sadistic and nonsadistic offenders think and the resulting different `footprints' they leave in the heads of survivors; how trauma affects survivors' world-views;

The Deviant Cycle

The deviant cycle

Sexual abuse is frequently thought to be an accident or happen-stance. It is more accurate to think of it as a deviant cycle, an interlocking series of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that culminate in sexual assault. This chapter will review the concept of the deviant cycle, the separate components that compose it, as well as the thinking errors that are found throughout. I will also discuss the recent trend toward considering sexual offending an addictive behavior as well as some of the negative consequences of applying that model. Finally, some of the implications of the deviant cycle for survivors and survivor therapists will be considered.

Throughout this chapter I will rely heavily on the use of the offender's own words to ...

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