I wanted to share a Kickstarter campaign I just backed and would like you to consider backing as well...
Do you remember NBC's To Catch A Predator with Chris Hansen? It was a show responsible for the arrests of 300 predators, keeping many of our children safe from harm. Chris Hansen is trying to launch a new web-based series called Hansen vs. Predator. His goal? "Together, we're going to catch more predators, raise awareness, and create a critical dialogue about safety on the Internet."
I am excited to be a part of this campaign. I thought I would share it with all of you, as we share similar goals of keeping our children safe. There are some cool rewards - check them out! But even if you can't support the campaign at this time, consider sharing it. As I always say, awareness = prevention. Click the link below to see Hansen vs. Predator:
Busy, amazing week! I have spent the past 7 days living out a dream - who knew dreams could be so exhausting? Not that I'm complaining one bit. Here are some pictures from the week.
On March 7th, I had the honor of being the guest speaker at the KidSafe Foundation's fundraising gala in Boca Raton. There were 250 wonderful people in one room dedicated to raise funds to provide workshops, seminars, and trainings for kids pre-K through 5th grade, teachers, parents, and mentors. I also got to finally meet, in person, my incredible editing and design team. "The Book Couple", Gary and Carol Rosenberg, came highly recommended to me by KidSafe co-founders Sally Berenzwieg and Cherie Benjoseph. The Book Couple and I exchanged phone calls and countless emails, but I never met them until Saturday night. These two are such a blessing, and if anyone needs help writing a book, look no further!
One of my stretch goals with the Kickstarter campaign included donating 100 books to Kidsafe to help them raise awareness and funds. I was so happy signing some of these books Saturday night. The conversations I had with different people - oh how I wish you all could have heard them. These were just wonderful people!. Thank you to Sally and Cherie for an awesome opportunity!
I also spent hours signing, packaging, and mailing out books to my incredible Kickstarter backers - pure joy! Every book was signed with complete gratitude and keen awareness that if it weren't for so many generous and caring souls, Invisible Target would simply be a word document still sitting in my computer.
I have been able to hand deliver some books to local friends, and let me tell you, it's a powerful experience. Many of you have already provided me with some great feedback about the book. You don't know what this means to me. If, as you read Invisible Target, you find some important lessons, PLEASE share them with others who have children in their lives. We can never know just how much even one lesson could help a child. Thank you all once again for helping me raise awareness of a terrible epidemic. Together we really can make a difference - I know it in my heart!
I wanted to share with you all the official press release for Invisible Target. Please feel free to share this with anyone who you think could benefit. Exciting stuff! Also, I'm picking up your printed copies of the book on Friday, and I'll begin mailing them out this weekend. I'll send some pictures of the boxes of books - you are all directly responsible for those boxes being filled! Thank you thank you thank you!
For Immediate Release
Invisible Target: Breaking the Cycle of Educator Sexual Abuse Now Available on Amazon
Andrea Clemens’ book, describing her personal account of sexual abuse at the hands of her middle school teacher, is now available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Clermont, FL, March 04, 2015 - Invisible Target is the 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 used to lure her into a false sense of trust and ultimate betrayal. After years of abuse and manipulation, she finally found the courage to bravely break away from her abuser.
With excerpts from newspaper articles and an actual court impact statement, this book gives the reader a clear picture of how the epidemic of educator sexual abuse begins, progresses, and impacts so many innocent lives. Invisible Target is more than a memoir. With thought-provoking questions at the close of each chapter, this book serves as a strong educational tool for students, parents, teachers, and administrators by shedding light on the dynamics of educator sexual abuse so that school can be a safe haven for every child.
“Andrea Clemens has written a courageously honest book about her experience of being the target of a teacher sexual predator. She lets the reader see how predators work and shares the often contradictory emotions and responses that those who are abused experience. But more than that, she takes us through her journey of awareness, anger, and empowerment. We see how hard it is, and we see her triumph. Hers is not a rare story.” said Charol Shakeshaft, Ph.D., Professor, School of Education, Virginia Commonwealth University. “What is rare is that Ms. Clemens is willing to tell it without holding back or simplifying the complexity of emotions and responses. This book can help students identify predators, parents to support their children, and educators to prevent abuse.”
By his or her senior year of high school, nearly one in ten students will experience some form of sexual misconduct by a school employee. Invisible Target aims to raise awareness of this epidemic and create open discussions in homes, schools, and communities across the nation.
“I’ve shared my story and spoken about educator sexual abuse for over ten years, and I feel blessed that I now have the opportunity to reach a larger audience with the release of Invisible Target,” explained Andrea Clemens. “This book needs to be in the hands of students, parents, teachers, and administrators, so that together we can keep our children safe.”
About Andrea Clemens: Andrea received her master’s degree from Boston University in clinical social work. She has been educating school faculty, students, administrators, parenting groups, mentors, and the general public about educator sexual abuse for over ten years. She has participated in both local and national radio, television, and news programs, and she has dedicated her life to sharing her story with others so that schools can provide the safe environments that students deserve.
To order a copy of Invisible Target on Amazon, click here: Amazon: Invisible Target
For more information about Invisible Target, please visit: http://andreaspeaksout.com
Andrea is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact: firstname.lastname@example.org