JOYCE M. SHORT
Nobody in their right mind sets out to fall in love with a sexual predator.
When I met the man of my dreams, who lied to me about his every conceivable identity characteristic in order to attract me, I was as capable and intelligent as most twenty-somethings get. It took years to unravel the mess he’d made of my life. And I wouldn’t want that hardship visited on any other human soul.
I’ve learned a great deal about what motivates people to be kind or cruel. Through many years of struggle, I finally figured out what I needed to know in order to heal myself from the defiling effects of rape by fraud. I determined to pass that knowledge along for others who were victimized as I had been.
I also discovered the weakness in present-day criminal code that enables sexual assault by fraud to continue unabated. I hope to make an impact on society’s recognition, and to implement changes in rape laws in order to penalizes offenders, and deter them from carrying out their heinous behavior.
I’m no one special…. just a reasonably intelligent person who cares. I grew up all along the Eastern coast of the US, from Massachusetts to Georgia, and settled in NYC more than forty years ago. I’d begun working in the field of finance in Boston and pursued a career on Wall Street. I was the first woman ever to be hired in a trading capacity by the preeminent investment bank, Salomon Brothers.
Today, I work as a real estate broker and I run a free tennis program for the children in my community. I’ve done so for over twenty-five years. It’s truly a labor of love.
While my ex undermined my ability to have a loving family, I’ve found love in the many friendships I enjoy and derive great satisfaction from my efforts to instill character in the children whose lives I’ve touched on the tennis court.
I’m a dog lover and I’ve trained my pet Aussie, Argos, how to play a match against the wall. I hit, he catches. He usually wins. Please pardon the pun…. He’s doggedly determined! But if we were divvying up human teams for a doubles match, despite my advancing age, you’d probably want me on your side.
I’m strong, I’m resilient….I’m a survivor!