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Child Predators Can Appear To Be Like Everyone Else Says Virginia Sollars, Author Of New Book About Correctional Mental Health, 'And Some Will Triumph'

10-10-2017 04:22 PM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Virginia Frusteri Sollars

Author Virginia Frusteri Sollars

Author Virginia Frusteri Sollars

It goes without saying that parents today face monumental challenges. One of the most terrifying dangers is child predators. While this type of criminal has always been lurking on the fringes of society, the age of social media and internet connectivity makes protecting children extremely difficult. Our kids are addicted to technology, and their use of this technology can open doors to a type of threat we've not seen before. Simultaneously, the predator's methods have become far more sophisticated with the ability to easily create a non-threatening persona, both in person and on social media. Like predators in the animal kingdom, camouflage and deception are the mechanisms whereby the child predator creates an opportunity to strike.

Virginia Sollars, author of a new book about correctional mental health, 'And Some Will Triumph', worked in the criminal justice system for many years. She recently issued a statement that compares these types of criminal to the predators we find in nature. It is a sobering call to action for parents.

"Many four legged creatures are predators," Sollars stated. "However, the two legged ones are out there also, waiting to destroy your life, and are as real as the animals in the jungles. They watch, they stalk, and they strike."

"When I worked in the jail and these criminals were arrested, I was so sure there would be something about them that would make them stand out, letting me know their true nature. Unfortunately, it was not the case. They looked like us, normal people able to look you in the eye and smile pleasantly. There was nothing to tell me that they were different - that they were monsters."

"I remember my friend telling me of an experience she had. She was walking with her young daughter in an outside market. She was shoved into a cart, by a running boy, and when she again had her footing, she saw her daughter being led by a man to a waiting car. Luckily her screams caught the attention of someone, who immediately understood the situation and was able to grab her daughter before she was taken. Was the boy who knocked her into the cart involved? We have speculated on this for years. My gut feeling says yes."

"They will use any ruse, trying to catch you off guard, no matter how vigilant you believe yourself to be. It only takes a few seconds of you letting go of your child’s hand at an amusement center, or your eyes drifting away at a park. They will distract you and will use anything at their disposal to obtain their prey."

Virginia Sollars believes there is a real opportunity for print and film media to help create awareness of such issues in the mind of the public. As a psychiatric nurse working in the correctional system, Virginia journeyed inside the minds of the mentally ill. Her book, 'And Some Will Triumph, is a dramatic retelling of the heartbreaking situations she encountered every day. It is Virginia's fervent hope that her book will be made into a movie or television series. If she can accomplish that, the result could be record shattering. It would shine a bright light on the problem and would enlighten the public as to the mind-boggling problems law enforcement must deal with on a daily basis.

virginia sollars cover'And Some Will Triumph' relates the journey of Elizabeth, a compassionate nurse who comes to California from New York with her teenage daughter to work at the fictional Raine Correctional Facility. Elizabeth finds herself interacting with some of society’s most troubled and challenging inmates and shows how she must at times fight the system to give the best care to her patients. Elizabeth tells the stories of both the psychiatric inmates as well as the nurses who have problems in their lives as well. Since the book is based on my professional experience, it is an insider’s look into the minds of psychiatric inmates revealing their secrets, regrets, frustrations and hopes and how they cope with their life in jail. But my book is more than just the story. It explains the many mental health disorders in such a way that people without a medical background can understand, points out the broken mental health system and describes the reasons why the mentally ill are incarcerated."

"I believe my book has great potential for a television series or a movie," Sollars said, "My book is very informative, it is written in such a way that everyone will finally understand what is means to be burdened with a psychiatric disorder, how the thought process is so different from ours and how it sometimes leads to involvement with law enforcement. My book is so different from any undertaking that has been taken before, its potential is great and I think that people will be amazed at what I have to say. I just need the right people to believe in me to get the word out. I know my book can make a difference. "

Sollars' book has received rave reviews from readers. Kirkus Reviews said the book is ….” a remarkable timeline of the treatment of mental illness in the past 40 years, and it’s a triumphant account of her boldness as a mother, nurse, and woman. At a time when mental health is in the forefront of conversations about our health care system, her story is one of hope."

One reader stated, "Absolutely the best book I’ve read in years, uncensored look into correctional mental health, patients, inmates and the professionals who deal with some of society’s most troubled criminals, their day to day struggles all interwoven within a gripping story of murder and suspense. A must read!" Another said, "Awesome story! While the story keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, the real plight of the mental health patients in a correctional setting is heartbreaking.”

Virginia Sollars is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at 'And Some Will Triumph' is available at online retailers. More information is available at her website.

Virginia Frusteri Sollars was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and became a registered nurse in 1980, working as a psychiatric nurse for most of her career. She worked in the jail system for twenty-six years, caring for and treating the mentally ill. She continues to advocate for the mentally ill though her presentations and radio shows advising people of the plight of the mentally ill.

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