About the Author

Robert L. Parke


Robert L. Parke served as a St. Petersburg, Florida police officer, where he was a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Breathalyzer Operator/Instructor and Traffic Accident Investigator. He was Police Officer of the Year in 1965.

His civil career as a Legal Investigator concentrated on personal injury and wrongful death investigations. He has conducted countless investigations of matters involving safety and security breaches that resulted in harm to people and property.

His certifications include Certified Legal Investigator, Certified Evidence Photographer, and Certified Flight and Ground School Instructor. As a member of the National Association of Legal Investigators, he chaired several committees and held the elected offices of Regional Director, Assistant National Director and National Director.

He has authored numerous articles on legal investigation and evidence photography published in professional journals, and has also lectured extensively on those subjects. Following a four-year retirement, the author became a licensed Security Officer with primary assignment to a Florida State University Sorority.

Bob's background in law enforcement and civil investigations has made him acutely aware of the perils facing women – particularly women aged 18 to 24 – in today’s world. In an effort to protect as many of them as possible from the terrible things that can happen to young women, he wrote this book.

He sincerely believes that most of those who read this book will be enabled to avoid the dangers that can befall unaware women, especially the physical injury and psychological trauma caused by sexual assault and rape. The information presented serves as a warning and then educates with specific and relevant behavioral information they can use to enhance their safety and security.

As a practicing psychologist for 30 years, I have worked with thousands of adults who were traumatized as children or adolescents, as well as with their families. Many of them grew up with few and/or poor boundaries, which left them vulnerable to the very kinds of personal violations described in this book. Mr. Parke makes the perils of being a college-aged woman in America infinitely clear, and his advice for how to recognize and handle these perils is unparalleled. This information-packed book is a quick read in one sense--but it is one that you will refer to over and over again during your or your daughter's college career. I give it an unqualified "excellent" rating.

- John C. Friel, Ph.D., MN and NV Licensed Psychologist and New York Times bestselling author of 9 books, including "Adult Children: The Secrets of Dysfunctional Families" and "The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice."