John-Michael Lander is creating a voice. Through writing, speaking, and consulting, he helps individuals and organizations identify the signs of grooming, manipulating, and stigmatizing of sexual abuse and how to help survivors (of any type of abuse) face the past and find their true self. John-Michael battled with finding his true self and authentic voice. As an athlete, he endured sexual abuse from coaches, benefactors, and medical team which resulted in years of PTDS, depression, anxiety, and even suicide attempts. His research, The Grooming Trifecta, provides how grooming effects everyone no matter their sexual orientation, gender, or religious beliefs. John-Michael competed in international springboard and platform diving competition. His entertainment experiences include General Hospital, All My Children, national commercials, the lead in the independent films All the Rage and Pilgrim, and originated many roles on New York stages. He taught high school English for seven years at the nationally recognized Stivers High School of the Arts in Dayton, Ohio. John-Michael presented the speech “An Athlete’s Silence” at the TEDxDayton 2018 Convention and was a Keynote Speaker at the 2019 and 2020 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit in Washington, D.C. He is on the Board of Directors for The Army of Survivors. He has been honored to speak all over the world. He is the author of four novels: Surface Tension: Book One in the Surface Series, Cracked Surface: Book Two in the Surface Series, Spandau Ballet, and Life’s a Beach.