Like thousands of women, J.M. Short’s life was forever changed once she became a victim of rape by fraud; a little-known yet daily-occurring crime where predators lie and deceive in order to have sex with their victim. Short’s game-changing new book tells her harrowing story of rape by fraud to help readers understand what it really is, how it happens, how to avoid it, and how to recover from it.
New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/05/2015 -- When Joyce M. Short met the man who would eventually become her husband, she was nothing but bowled over. He was a college graduate, oozed with success, and had the tenacious romanticism to match. Short formed a union with a man who lied about every conceivable facet of his character. This is rape by fraud – a crime turning women into victims every day, with legal loopholes that make it almost impossible to prosecute.
While the relationship with an emotional predator denied Short the life and family she'd dreamed of, it ignited her unshakable dedication to changing society's views about rape, and help its victims restore their dignity.
Short has compiled her life story and wisdom into a raw new book, Carnal Abuse by Deceit: How a Predator's Lies Became Rape, which has recently made ground-breaking progress by helping to inspire the introduction of a new "Sexual Assault by Fraud" law in the state of New Jersey.
"This book takes readers into the mind of an emotional predator, while helping people understand why some stay in toxic relationships, and what they can do to start the long healing process if they have been deceived for the purpose of sex," explains Short, whose story has also been prominently featured in national media.
Continuing, "But our biggest achievement to date is sufficiently educating the public so that on November 13th of 2014, a "Sexual Assault by Fraud" law was submitted to the NJ State Assembly, which could put predators behind bars for this crime."
Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews:
Community Digital News comments, "Short presents a persuasive case for expansion and inclusion of rape by fraud across penal code systems in the United States, and uses her personal story as supportive evidence."
The Main Street Wire adds, "Short's book is a ground breaker--- courageous, powerful, inspiring, and above all, purposeful."
Amazon user "Ellyhoo" urges everyone to buy a copy, writing, "This is a sad, powerful and gripping cautionary tale of how a psychopath chooses and psychologically sucks in a victim. Everyone looking for a relationship should read this book at least once, maybe twice. Anyone who relates to people should read this book as well. It will help you tremendously in recognizing psychopaths and their destructiveness."
Additional Amazon readers comment: "A ground breaking and compelling story of heartless deception, this true tale will grip your attention from beginning to end. It is both enlightening and compelling while conveying serious answers on a little known but frequently occurring crime.
And: "One of a kind, and painfully frank, it can change what society thinks about sexual assault. Ms. Short delves into the mindset of the emotional predator and ties together how they operate with advice on what to do if one targets you or someone you care about."
Carnal Abuse by Deceit: How a Predator's Lies Became Rape, from Pandargos Press¸ is available now: http://amzn.to/1AZW5WF
For more information and news on the book's wider activism movement, visit the official website: http://rapebyfraud.com
About Joyce Short
Joyce Short is a New Yorker, a NY State Licensed Real Estate Broker, Tennis Instructor and dog lover. Her passion is helping victims heal from the devastation of carnal abuse and she advocates to create penal code on sexual assault by fraud throughout the US, and beyond.