Anna Rowe: Petition Against Grooming and Catfishing

In my search for existing support for adult victims of grooming, I came across the story of Anna Rowe.

Anna was the victim of a very specific type of grooming: catfishing.

She was duped by a married man using a false photo and name on Tinder, and is – like this campaign –  calling on government to take action. AnnaRowe was groomed by a man who used the name Antony Ray, but this smart, intelligent single mum eventually learned learned that her lover, who had even discussed marriage, was not only using a false name, but was a London lawyer with a wife and children.

He was also having relationships with other women – at the time she wrote her story, 11 over a ten year period. You can read her story here:

There are many parallels with SW: the profiling; the lies; the intense depth of relationship; the promises; the hurt; the history of abuse. Classic grooming, albeit with with a  trendier name, catfishing, because of the use of an alias on a dating site.

But her words sum up why this is so devastating: the result of the groomers actions is the other party believing they are beginning a real relationship with the hope of a future together and having sex is part of that believed relationship. To quote her words:

“I would never have consented to a sexual relationship with a married man, let alone a man who was actively having relations with multiple women simultaneously.”

Sound familiar?

Anna is further down the line with her campaign than this one – but hopefully her petition will encourage a wider review and I’d encourage you to support her petition here: Catfishing petition.

Disclosure, January 2019: I am now supporting Anna’s work, and we hope to make announcements soon.

Published by Claire (claireatwaves)

Founder, Waves PR To be found as claireatwaves in most social spaces. Helping people's reputations, online and off. Passionate advocate against adult grooming and groomers at

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