Over the past several years, I turned my personal experience into a book titled Invisible Target. Below is a short summary of the book.
Nearly 1 in 10 students between kindergarten and their senior year of high school will experience some sort of sexual harassment by a school employee. That equals 4.5 million students.
Invisible Target is a true, detailed account of one girl’s experience of sexual abuse at the hands of her middle school teacher. It follows her journey, beginning with her tumultuous childhood, meeting the teacher, and the grooming process he created to lure her into a false sense of trust and ultimate betrayal. Years of abuse and manipulation finally culminated where she was able to bravely break away from him.
Ten years later, after reclaiming her life and freedom, she was contacted by local police, indicating that this teacher was in custody for statutory rape of two fourteen year old girls. In the midst of local media attention, her statement to the police was pivotal in assisting the District Attorney to secure a plea bargain from the teacher, where he was previously claiming he was innocent.
With excerpts from newspaper articles and actual court impact statements from the victims, this book gives the reader a clear picture of how the prevalent epidemic of educator sexual abuse begins, progresses, and affects so many innocent lives.
This book will serve as a strong educational tool for students, parents, teachers, and administrators by shedding light on the dynamics of educator sexual abuse, so schools can be safe havens for every child.
I am thrilled to announce that because of a successful Kickstarter campaign, I will be able to publish Invisible Target! This is a dream come true for me, but it would never have been possible without the phenomenal, generous support of so many people who share my determination in educating people about this epidemic. Part of the beauty of Kickstarter is that when supporters back a project, they receive a reward. One reward I offered was a heartfelt and permanent personalized thank you on this website. Here is the list of the names of wonderful people who took time out of their busy lives to watch and read my campaign, pledge their hard-earned money, and share my project with countless others. My gratitude is endless.
Sally Friedman Berenzweig, Anthony Solitario, Katrina Pytel, William Vaughan, Jon Gress, Saham Ali, Erum Ali, Aaron Juntunen, Angel Gonzalez, Steve Porter, Lauren Dottley, Kevin Nations, Caleb Cover, Linda Baker, Deborah Hirschland, Mary Kate Garvin DiNisio, Linda Schiller, Vicky Ferguson, Kristen Croke, Bob Shoop, James Sutton, Kristen Raymond, Michelle Corbin, Rocco Tartamella, Lee Stringer, Susan Zeichner, Trevor O’Hare, Michael Keith, Stephen Grocer, Florian Hirt, Joslyn Cardin, Amy Chen, Bill Westwood, Susan Heckmann, Chris Carbin, Laura Brown, Lisa Parsons Caudle, Christine McDonald, Susan Krupski, Amy Crowley, Kay Blaha, Jude Ierardi, Elaine LeFave, Stephen McDonald, Catherine Connor-Moen, Kevin O’Connell, Maggie O’Connell, Jeff Scheetz, Anne Scheetz, Kristina, James Yuenger, Debra Kral, Tom Bremer, Sarah Sanders, Colin Eggers, Jean MacFarland, Jennifer Lake, Dacosta, Kristin Cieri, Chris Molonea, Steph Carse, Kelli Bryant, Sharon Osborn, Eileen Ewashko, Donna Hobbs, Cheryl Clemens, Charles Mitchell, Linda Cieri, Laura West, Donna Sullivan, Ron Cieri, Casey Brown, Jennifer Martin, Dan Slowe, Sue Slowe, Debbie Badamo, Rita Liza, Adrienne Sanders, Dave West, Tom Duffy Jr., Marvin Miller, Mary Baker, Leni Gross Young, Michelle McKinley, Cherie Benjoseph, Tom Nassar, Michael Russer, Maria Doyle, Bethany McGonnigal, Susan O’Connor, Wendy Johnson Sharon, Amy Nerdig, Amy Rose, Tammy Wiggins, Scott Frank, Tony Stranges, Tammy Lewis, Randy Congdon, Heather Vaughan, Jen Koch, Paul Vasington, Raquel Paz, Dennis Folan, Kurt Smith, John Ricci, Lois Folan, Barbara Kornack, Lisa Sheridan, Gil Perez, Kim Lilja, Forget Us Not, Sheila Downing-Ruth, Cheryl Covitz Knox, Susanne Maher, Bob Martin, Maureen Sullivan, Kimberly, John Nee, John Seryak, Nancy Scavotto, Carol Benanti-Nowlin, Evan Dimov, Maureen Jacobsen, Mary McElroy, Lynn Lipsey, Mariann Bradley, Jill DeBlasio, Matt Palmer, Kristin Stone, Donna Meschke, Jodie Beckstine, Matt Killian, April Troiani, Chuck Baenen, Denise Kiley, Allison Manis, Laurie Flaherty, Edith McGee, Jeanne Lesperance, Dana Mosley Sieben, Sue Rodman, Jim Delbou, Christine Holton, Lauren Bierman, Christine Norton Sheehan, Joe DiMaria, Ashley Brent, Terri Miller, Chevonne Brennan, Karen Cote, Destry Holmes, John Cieri, Cathy Shachoy, Shaun Meehan, Melodie Bissell, Ashli Tingle, Sheila Brown, Michael Lesperance, Joseph Paras, Nora Crouch, Donna Preskenis Feola, Mark Davis, Shauna Hundeby, Danielle Cooper, Renee Maloof, Jill Cannon-Dadmun, Joan Scanlon, Sandra Discepolo, Shannon Novick, Heather Severson, Christine Farrell – Riley, Tim Shannon, Taryen Shannon, Karen Donahue, Robin A. Greiner, Chris O’Riley, Cathie Twiraga, Ivette Lugo, Laurie Baker, Kilomarie Granda, Tim DeMarco, Michelle Hopkins Hallock, Margot Napoli Bryant, David Maldonado, Tammy McKenney, Mike Patterson, Henry Grau, Andrea Bonner, Ponce Adult Family Care, Arianne Adamson, Marcia DiMaria, and Karla Van Horn