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In place of a full review, I would like to offer a number of ways in which I consider What Is a Girl Worth? a particularly helpful book.
First, the book reveals the ways in which sexual predators prey upon their victims and how they get away with their crimes. We may convince ourselves that we would be able to identify a predator who was attempting to prey on those we love, but this book shows that we tend to have too high an assessment of our own abilities. We may convince ourselves that we would immediately identify such sexual abuse and speak up against it, but this book shows how and why that is so often not the case. The fact is that Larry Nassar, like many other predators, was a master of gaining confidence and then deceiving and exploiting people for his own pleasure. He could make eye contact with a mother while in the very act of abusing her daughter and still be thought a kind, caring, and considerate man. If you read What Is a Girl Worth?, you will see one master manipulator at work and hopefully gain a kind of helpful humility.
Book - Predators - Way - Communities - Position
Second, the book explains that sexual predators deliberately work their way into communities in which their position will give them access to potential victims. They look for communities in which they will be given positions of trust and access to vulnerable people. If this is true of the world of gymnastics, it is equally true of the church. As Christians, and especially as Christian leaders within local churches, we bear the sacred responsibility of keeping watch against such people, not fooling ourselves into thinking it could never happen here and never happen to people like us. We must care for children and vulnerable adults. This...
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