Bad guys (and women) don't look like bad guys. They may friend you on social media or catch you at the mall. They may hang out with you for months before they make a move. They may seem nice. But they are lying to get what they want, and what they want will hurt you. They only care about the fix they will get for themselves (like money or sex).
They are very cunning, smooth talking tricksters. They can manipulate people to get what they want. Predators might make it appear like they're not strangers. One tactic predators use is to "friend" someone, and that can be in real life or on social media. If it's online, they probably have a fake profile with fake photos to give the illusion of being someone they are not (like more attractive or younger or safer).
The thing about a liar is that they lie. And they're good at it. They know where people young and old are vulnerable. They know the weaknesses of their victims. Everyone, everyone, has vulnerabilities. The smooth talking liars and the frightening liars want to put people in a position that they can't defend themselves.
They are lying when they say they are friends.
They are lying when they say they understand (they do understand vulnerabilities).
They are lying when they say they can solve your problems.
They are lying when they turn cruel and say that their victims are worthless or undeserving.
They may start one way but then use theft, violence, or fear.
Some of you know this hard story already, but you haven't reached the end of the story. Because in the end you can be safe, you can be protected, you can heal.
Stay awake. Stay safe.
If you are caught in the trap of a liar right now, reach out for help.
You are loved. You are lovable.
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Live the extraordinary life you deserve.
Aunt Laya inspires and encourages you to live the life you want for yourself! She'll tell you the truth, even when it's not always so easy to hear so that you can learn to handle the hard stuff of life and be your best, happiest self. Always with love and caring.