Wry Exchange


Jack the Predator
11-01-08, 9:18 pm
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 Just because a volunteer has passed a background check doesn’t mean s/he is safe around students.  Many experienced predators are smart, and well-respected in their communities.  Let’s look at Jack.  

Jack  is a middle-aged man who lives in the house he grew up in with his father and brother.  His mother died long ago, and nothing much has changed since including Jack’s room.  It still has all the awards and news clippings on the wall from high school.   Jack seems to be stuck in time-even his clothes are from years ago.  

He enjoys volunteering with high school students, but only boys.   Jack  doesn’t seem to have any adult friends.  He spends his money and time taking his ‘sons’ out for day or weekend trips.   He always pays for everything.  He’s even taken boys on longer trips.   The students feel guilty saying ‘no’ to him because he spends so much money on them.

 Jack will drive 90 minutes to pick up a kid, and another hour to pick up another one, then drive 2 hours to whatever attraction/event.  Then he’ll drive them home.  Adults think he’s a saint, just socially awkward.  People agree he’s ‘odd’ and ‘weird’, but they think he’s harmless.  No one would ever suspect sweet Jack of being a predator.  He’s always so helpful!

He seems asexual, except when he hugs the boys ‘bye.  Then he has a creepy smile with his eyes closed. 

Jack goes for the boys that look like easy prey -the poor ones, ones with uncaring families, ones with low self esteem, or compliant boys.   As he progresses in the program, he’s become bolder.  Other volunteers see the position, and not the person.   Jack could be in any youth program-scouts, sports, church group, or exchange.   As we will see with Jill the Predator, these people start with small gestures, then escalate.   By the time a student realizes something is wrong, it may be too late. 

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