Support SEEK this #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday with SEEK

Support SEEK this #GivingTuesday!

Recently, the news has been filled with reports of sexual abuse by prominent men. The women coming forward to report these abuses have said they are willing to relive their experiences and endure public scrutiny to protect other women and send a message that this behavior is unacceptable.

We can sympathize somewhat, knowing what it’s like to turn our experience as victims into something proactive. Through the work we do at SEEK, we constantly relive the loss of our Kirby. But we need to send a message that harming consumers who are seeking to improve their lives is unacceptable. And like abuse victims, we tell our story to protect others.

However, we need YOUR support to help us develop a bigger voice with a larger reach.

  • We need more practitioners to sign the SEEK Safely Promise
  • We need more consumers to check out the “Red Flags” to make good decisions about what program or teacher to follow
  • We need help to contact members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to urge them to support bills A6262 and S6018

And as a small non-profit, we need money!
Your dollars help us to:

  • pay for social media boosts
  • pay for advertisements
  • get interviews and publicity
  • find opportunities for speaking engagements
  • connect with others who are doing work to investigate this industry, such as Glenn Doyle of useyourdamnskills.com and Ed Preston of grieftrainingonline.com
  • create podcasts, maintain our website, and hopefully create our own documentary to tell this story

Why is this work important? Just recently there have been reports on Nxivm, a group in Albany, NY, that calls itself a “self-help/self-development” organization. But it seems to be much more like a cult, with members being branded with the initials of the leader and isolated from their families and friends. This group is a clear example of that “slippery slope” from self-help to cult.

We also know that people are frequently harmed in other professional and personal development programs emotionally, financially, and sometimes physically. This industry is totally unregulated; consumers need to be wary. There are good teachers and then there are predatory charlatans who are making huge amounts of money while offering little protection for the risks they ask their consumers to take. We are teaching people to be able to tell the difference between the good and the bad as they seek to improve their personal and professional selves.

As we enter this season of giving, people open their hearts and wallets for worthy causes. Our cause is Kirby, and we tell our story day after day to protect others like her who just want to be their best selves. Please consider SEEK to be your cause this #GivingTuesday to make a change this season!

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