A lucky escape from a serial predator at conferences

When we think of being groomed, we general think of older men doing it to young people.   This story is how I was groomed.  I met this famous ELT person at a conference.  He immediately started showing an interest in me.  As far as I knew, he was a married man and definitely not someone I would be interested in.  At the time I was going through a very difficult time in my life and was feeing very vulnerable.  He somehow found this out and decided to use it to his advantage.  He would email me several times a day and visit me several times a month.  He would tell me all sorts of things about his life and how unhappy he was. He would tell me how special I was to him and that he’d never met anyone like me.  This went on for about eight months and I was starting to fall under his charms until someone told me that he did this to a lot of women, that as well as being married, he had a girlfriend too.  But that wasn’t enough for him, that he was always after women at public events.   I felt like I had had a lucky escape but I can’t help thinking about all the women that he did manipulate this way.

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