Vampires are Real & Need a 'Willing Donor', Study Claims

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Jul 10, 2015 06:27 AM EDT

Vampires are real–at least, some researchers claim. Even though it sounds completely unusual, a recent study states that there are people who practice a "bloodsucker lifestyle" but are too afraid to get help from doctors or therapists as they may get stereotyped for ingesting blood of "willing donors."

According to Fox News, DJ Williams, director of the social work program in Idaho State University, said he never believed in vampires until he met a group of people who identifies themselves as such.

The paper, which has been published in the Canadian journal Critical Social Work, explains these "real vampires" are too cautious to open up to doctors or therapists for fear that their practice would be the subject of disgust, mockery, or being diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Williams has followed the vampire community for nearly a decad. He discovered that members of this community are all successful and ethical people. He added that real vampires do not wear capes or have fangs but feed on people who willingly allow them to suck their blood using small incisions on the chest. They do this in order to maintain a healthy balance of their physical, spiritual and psychological life.

Newsweek further elaborates that Williams and his co-author Emily Prior have been able to fully understand this kind of lifestyle after the Atlanta Vampire Alliance, an authentic vampire membership group, has helped them exclusively observe 11 adult vampires. Members of the alliance were afraid to open up to social workers because they felt that if they disclose what they truly are, experts would view them as crazy, and they would eventually lose their jobs or families.

Furthermore, Washington Post writes that people and experts should give this way of life just as much regard and acceptance as they give gay marriage and other communities, like those of goths and furries.

Williams explains that experts should view vampirism as a way of expression and should be provided a more conducive social environment to help those who practice it to flourish.

The belief that vampires are a danger to humankind goes as far as the medieval times. Vampires have also been used as symbols to instill fear on younger children.

Williams concluded that as "real vampires" have real jobs and participate in their communities as any ordinary people do, then they should be given fair treatment by clinicians whenever they feel that stress is already pulling them down.

Think of it as similar to what Caitlyn Jenner had to endure for the last 65 years of her life. Wouldn't you want vampires to be given equal freedom?

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