JOYCE M. SHORT
Sexual assault is a bi-partisan crime in desperate need of a bi-partisan solution. It can happen to anyone… rich and famous or indigent, Republican or Democrat, vulnerable or sophisticated, male or female, young or old! It happened to me.
In fact, I survived three distinct types of sexual assault – all three covered by Model Penal Code – by force, by duress and by deception. My struggle to recover lead me to research what actually constitutes rape and sexual assault across the US and in various places around the world.
I’ve learned a great deal about what motivates people to be kind or cruel. Through many years of effort, I finally figured out what I needed to know in order to heal myself from sexual assault’s defilement. I determined to pass that knowledge along for others who were victimized. And I launched my efforts to conquer sexual assault by fighting for desperately needed laws on “consent,” the critical key that’s missing throughout our nation.
One of the proudest moments I’ve achieved since I went public and published my first book, Carnal Abuse by Deceit, was hearing that a Federal Prosecutor had cited my webpage, currently known as http://www.ConsentAwareness.net in the indictment that lead to locking up a serial rapist with 30+ victims. I’ve advocated for victims around the country and succeeded in helping them secure justice. I am the recipient of a “Woman of Distinction” honor from the NY State Assembly.
I grew up all along the Eastern coast of the US, from Massachusetts to Georgia, and settled in NYC about fifty years ago. I began my professional career on the trading desk in the investment industry, working in Boston, and decided moving to New York was the best place to follow my dreams. I became the first woman with the title of “Trader” at the preeminent investment bank, Salomon Brothers. Subsequently, I became the Global Director of Faculty for the FT NY Institute of Finance (NYIF).
Today, I’m semi-retired as an associate real estate broker and I run a free tennis program for the children in my community. I’ve done so for thirty years. It’s truly a labor of love.
I’m also a dog lover. I’ve trained my pet Aussie, Argos, to play a match with me 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 don’t give up despite the odds….I’m a survivor!