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"The safety of our children is an issue that all Americans must be concerned with. Sex crimes against children in particular, cyberporn and all the rest is beyond atrocious. Lori Handrahan has dedicated her life to fighting these crimes. Her book is a must read and a clarion call to all who are about the future of our children." -Paul Brandus, White House reporter. West Wing Reports
As a former federal and state prosecutor and Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Justice Department, I view Dr. Handrahan’s efforts to pull together the data surrounding child pornography and child sexual abuse that was scattered, until this book came out, as a seminal document from which I hope Congressional hearings, corporate action, and greater parental awareness will come. Through the data and information amassed in Epidemic, it is no longer possible to equate child sexual abuse, pornography, and exploitation as the acts of a few raincoat wearing men or sophisticated entertainment, but the most hateful and evil conduct imaginable. I hope that those who read this book will take the time out to call their Member of Congress, Police Chief, and Prosecutor and loan them their copy with a demand that they read it. It may make all the difference between a wonderful childhood or a desperately wounded soul.
J. Robert Flores, Esq.
Finally, someone with the strength and courage to expose the epidemic that is destroying our country. Child sexual abuse, in all its forms, is not and never has been just a family’s dirty little secret. It has been under our collective noses all along and we have ignored the stench. Dr. Lori Handrahan’s thorough research deftly illustrates how money, sex, and the exploitation of our children have fueled a fire that is ravaging our nation, our world. Epidemic: America’s Trade in Child Rape answers questions that no one dares to ask and identifies abusers whom we don’t want to admit exist. The perfect reference book for those who are tasked with protecting our children and must read for the rest of us so this scourge can no longer hide in plain sight.
Sgt. Stephen J. Pickering - Maine State Police (Retired)
Epidemic has courageously illuminated a parallel universe that coexists with the universe of Little League, Boy Scouts, Disneyland, and the other hallmarks of wholesome, youthful Americana—a universe where lies masquerade as truth, where shadows reflect light, where innocence is condemned. Until our society as a whole makes a brave, concerted effort to illuminate this universe, countless children will be condemned to destruction.
Nick Bryant, author of The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbroker, Child Abuse, and Betrayal
Dr. Handrahan’s expose on the horrific rape and exploitation of our children is brave, bold and overdue! Her book is a thorough and meticulous collection of statistics that should be considered an invaluable resource for those working on legislation or education on behalf of children. Thanks Dr. Handrahan for "blowing the lid" off these often intentionally hidden and underreported crimes.
Author, Made In the USA, The Sex Trafficking of America’s Children
Founder, Justice Society
The internet has given pedophiles and predators a highway of anonymity to conduct their disgusting business. Epidemic: America's Trade in Child Rape illustrates exactly how these animals operate and the staggering amount of money they make buying and selling children online. Epidemic is an eye-opening book based on extensive research shining a much-needed light on this crime. As a leading expert in Florida, tracking down predators and brining justice to the victims and their families, I deal with these crimes against children every day. Yet, even I was taken back by the scope of the epidemic as detailed in this book. Human trafficking and child exploitation are crimes that often take place in plain sight but until it affects someone personally many people choose to pretend child sex trafficking doesn't exist in their community, in our country. After reading Epidemic, if you continue to look the other way, you are part of the problem.
President & Chairman
Riveting! Excellent research and analysis. Dr. Handrahan's work is not only painstakingly revealing it exposes the depth and scope of the challenges daunting every local, state, and federal government offical working in the field of child sexual exploitation. A must have reference book. Dr. Handrahan's work is timely and commendable.
Investigative Journalist and Author, TrafficKing
Children will be effective in building the world's future only if they themselves are protected and nurtured. Although national income figures may be high, patches of injustice to society's most vulnerable - children - mock such measures of progress. Lori Handrahan has made it her life's mission to identify and expose such patches, including within the US. Those who are Child Injustice Deniers seek to belittle her findings, but the scale of research and commitment that is demonstrated in her work show such critics to be unworthy of attention. This is a Must Read book for those who seek a better, a safer, world for their children and grandchildren and who know that only public awareness of Child Injustice will lead to the preventive and punitive measures essential to diminishing and finally wiping out the inhuman practices documented by Dr. Handrahan.
Professor Madhav Nalapat
UNESCO Peace Chair
Manipal University, India