Last week, a reader who posts as SeeingClearly, surprised and delighted Terry and me by initiating a fundraising challenge for Lovefraud’s upcoming education program for high school students. She offered to match all contributions, up to $1,000.
Well, in 48 hours, Lovefraud readers pledged $815, and SeeingClearly fulfilled her promise. The money collected so far is set aside, waiting to be used in the program.
Plan for HS program
The high school education program will have two parts. One, of course, is the presentation to students about sociopaths, bullying and dating violence. But before we do that, we will offer professional development training about sociopaths for school guidance counselors and/or teachers. The objective is to prepare them for questions.
Last March, I was invited to give a short presentation to girls at a local high school about Lovefraud and sociopaths. The girls were extremely attentive and asked a lot of questions. Afterwards, I later learned, several girls realized that they may be involved with sociopaths, and approached teachers to talk about it. The professionals need to be ready for the questions.
Help to spread the word
The challenge issued by SeeingClearly had another unexpected benefit—14 Lovefraud readers offered to help with the schools program! Some already have related experience, and others want to do presentations in their areas. I was thrilled to get these offers, and when we’re ready to spread out, we’ll certainly be in touch with everyone.
One letter I received is a stark reminder of how critical this training is.
Teaching HS Students about Sociopaths is the best idea I have ever heard. I, too, as a young person, thought that an abusive boyfriend was normal.
In fact, once when I was quite young I was living with one and he strangled me one morning at 7 am in the bathroom before work, he shoved me against the wall and tried to kill me then I went to work with strangle marks on my neck, a friend questioned me about it and I said, doesn’t every boyfriend do this to his girlfriend? I had no clue, I knew no different. I was only 21.
If anyone else would like to contribute to or participate in Lovefraud’s high school initiative, please send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On another note—we received lots of entries for our contest to win a copy of my book, Love Fraud — How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan. The winners have been notified—congratulations to all!