I'm pissed off. I'm outraged. I've had enough and I'm not going to take it anymore.
At the same time, I feel helpless to do anything. How can I change a system that's broken? Really, what can we do when we see a failing system of justice?
My daughter TR is in college and currently lives in an apartment with six other girls. At the college she attends, the majority of students live off campus in apartments.
TR called last Friday and she was upset. She told me her landlord-to-be was arrested. He was arrested for hiding cameras in the apartments he rents. He was taking pictures and filming girls naked and/or having sex. Charges are being pressed. He's very wealthy. He has lawyers up the gazoo to drag out the legal process. In the end, everyone expects he will pay a fine and go right on "managing" the apartments he owns.
The Perv will walk away with a slap on the wrist.
In a rush of emotion, TR spilled out more and more details. I went into "mother mode" and listened and reacted calmly, matter of factly. TR is a lot like me (emotional) and she was outraged, insulted, and livid. I was too, of course, but I tried to be a calming influence.
Stop laughing. I can be a calming influence. Sometimes.
Let me share with you The Perv's alleged background. I learned a lot about The Perv last week. The Perv apparently was a student in this same town a few decades ago. Rumor has it, he and a friend sold drugs to other college students and made a fortune. They dropped out of college and used their drug money to buy the majority of prime real estate in the college town. They pretty much have a monopoly on all the "good" apartments.
When TR and her roommates went to meet with The Perv about renting an apartment he informed them he "prefers" to rent to girls "because girls are less destructive than boys." TR and I thought nothing of his remark at the time.
Because, hello? College boys?
TR has signed a one year lease to rent from him, beginning this June, for the next school year. Please don't suggest she find somewhere else to live – all the housing for next school year was booked by mid-January.
As I talked to her, TR brought forth other details she "hadn't wanted to worry" me with before. She had heard rumors about The Perv being "a little sketchy" around the college girls. She hadn't known if they were rumors or fact.
I talked to her about checking all the bedrooms and bathrooms in the new apartment before she moves in for hidden cameras. She informed me the recently discovered cameras were supposedly added later when The Perv came in and out to make "repairs" on various apartments.
Apparently the local news stations have gotten wind of the story. The Perv is being publicly shamed. TR, herself, is an editor of the university newspaper. Trust me, there will not be a single female student unaware of The Perv and what he's done.
Which is not to say he won't do it again.
Although I did not say it out loud to TR, one thought keeps running through my head.
How much do you want to bet The Perv is not just getting off himself, but also making money by selling the pictures to porn sites? For that matter, he might own a few porn sites of his own.
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