My name is Anna Roark.
In the early 2000s I was co-founder of a non-profit networking organization named Windfyre. We presented and put on family friendly events for the pagan community. While hosting a multi-day camping event a group of registered sex offenders attempted to, then succeeded in crashing our event, despite our being very clear that they were not welcome to attend.
In 2004, the person that I had co-founded Windfyre with, Patrick Persinger, was unanimously voted out of Windfyre for not being able to account to missing funds from the Windfyre account to the tune of almost $1000.00. Windfyre pressed charges on him for misappropriation of funds and won the case.
In 2011 Pat was busted with a hard drive and two flash drives (16 GB & 2 GB) containing 3500+ and 250 videos of child pornography. He was charged with distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography on a hard drive and two USB flash drives from 2006 though 2011. In 2013 he plead guilty and was sentenced to 84 months in prison, 5 years supervised release and will have to be registered on the Sexual Offender Registry.
After I had time to take in what had happened I realized that there needed to be a tool for anyone who hosts community events to help protect attendees from sexual predators. The money that had gone missing from the Windfyre accounts in 2004 was primarily money that we had been fundraising to get Spiral Scouts groups going in not only one but two separate cities. Pat had intended on running both groups. This meant that he would have had unlimited access to kids that would have been vulnerable to him in possible secluded situations among other things.
I have been working on this project off and on for several years. When I realized that Pat will be released from prison next year (August 2019) that it was time to put the Gorgon Network out into the world!
I had the distinct honor of having my workshop included in the Pagan Leadership Institute track of workshops for PSG in June 2018. It was my 1st time presenting this information to the world and I very much look forward to presenting the information contained in the Gorgon Network again and often!
I look forward to the next phase of the Gorgon Network which will focus on adult and adult predator situations. As my personal experience involved a child predator that is where I started but I can’t wait to expand the Gorgon Network to the next level and help the community in a bigger and better way.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this site, I truly hope that you get something positive from it to take with you, be it information or inspiration!
If you have any questions, comments, ideas of things to add or if you would be interested to have me to present this message to your community, please feel free to drop me a line! I would love to hear from you!
- A special thanks to Cassstiel for the Gorgon Network art!
- You can find this and more of her work on http://www.redbubble.com/people/cassstiel?ref=artist_title_name !