Profile Of A Predator

From NPR's Talk of the Nation
Original Air Date November 21, 2011

After allegations of child sexual assault at Penn State, many wondered why more people didn't see warning signs. Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole says that many predators spend years grooming victims and their parents and gaining their trust. In many cases, she says, our stereotypes of what a sexual predator looks and acts like prove wrong. Those assumptions can raise doubts in the minds of parents, employers and friends and cause them to misinterpret the warning signs. Neal Conan talks with former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O'Toole and Dr. Harold Bursztajn, a forensic psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, about the profile of a predator.