TOPIC: Inside The Mind Of A Sex Offender
Guests: *"Ken" Registered sex offender, Attempted to lure young girls online
*"Tom" Registered sex offender, Had sex with underage boy he met online
*"Mike" Registered sex offender, Molested underage female neighbor (via Skype)
*Dawn, Sex offender therapist
*Mel Robbins, Former Public Defender
*"John" Molested his sister & daughter & *"Deb" Husband sexually abused his daughter (couple on darkened screen via Skype - didn't show faces)
*Christina, Ex-husband sexually abused their daughter (started around age 1)
*Bethany, Sexually abused by her own father (from age 1 into her teens), Had her father arrested for sexually abusing her (at age 24)
*Jim Stickley, Cyber security expert
*Janice, Mother of two, worried about cyber security
*Dr. Steve Perry, CNN Education Contributor
*Gloria, Children attended Miramonte Elementary (via Skype)
*Dr. Casey Jordan, Criminologist, Attorney
*Katherine Hull, RAINN Spokesperson
Anderson spoke about doing the show for the "Backstage Cam." This was played at the end of today's show~
At the opening of today's show Anderson spoke of being propositioned as a child. Long time fans, may remember that he wrote about the experience in an article for Details. Below is an excerpt from the article. Please click on the link for the full article ~
Why our parents still have power over us
September 27, 2005|By Anderson Cooper
....I was 10 when my dad died, and about a year later I decided it was time to take control.
I wanted to be independent, and I needed money of my own for that.
I decided to get a job. Kind of odd for a child, I know, but I was nothing if not odd.
Child-labor laws posed a problem, of course, but then I found the one industry where youth is an asset.
I became a model.
I know it's cheesy, embarrassing, pathetic, but look, I wanted to earn money, and $75 an hour was nothing to sneeze at.
I signed up with the Ford Modeling Agency.
For a couple of years, every day after school, I'd call Ford's children's division and talk to the booker, asking her what "go-sees," or auditions, I had that afternoon.
By the time I was 12, I was regularly working for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Macy's.
All right, so maybe working is a bit of an exaggeration. I was paid to put on clothes and get my photo taken.
Not exactly brain surgery.
My mom worked, and the idea of asking her to accompany me seemed to defeat the whole purpose of having my own job.
I worked until I was about 13. That's when a photographer made me a proposition.
Well, actually, I guess propositioned me is the more accurate term.
He called me up one night after a photo shoot and asked me if I wanted to make $2,500.
I was a little confused, since photographers usually have to make deals through the modeling agency. I wasn't even sure how he got my home phone number.
He said he worked for some people, and when they came into town he arranged "meetings" for them. I still wasn't picking up on what he meant.
"All you have to do," he finally said, "is go to this guy's hotel room. Open a bottle of wine, have some cheese . . ."
Suddenly I got it. I hung up the phone and never told anyone about it. Not my mom, not the modeling agency, no one.
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