A Flock of Vultures

A Flock of Vultures

The arrest of a 2nd schoolteacher in a growing scandal at Miramonte Grade School, plus the news that another 56-member pedophile ring had been busted in Ontario, Canada, plus the as yet undetermined fate of the four men arrested in the larger entertainment community in the past few months, has to remind everyone that these loathsome rodents run in packs with wide-ranging contacts throughout the pedophile world…swapping photos, victims and techniques, targets of opportunity, and ways to pursue our children with minimal risk.

Common to all these news items is the built-in resistance to believe the child who comes forward. When the institution within which these cretins find their victims isn’t forthcoming, years of emotional damage will result. I know this to be true after listening to three men nearly my age who came forward to speak with me, one of whom I worked with in a circus act more than 50 years ago. The man who molested this friend of long ago is now serving a life sentence in Nevada. This news hit awfully close to home. How many victims might have been spared if I’d just spoken up when I was “creeped-out” by this predator. Parents, be vigilant. Children beware.

Paul Petersen