Jody Plauche’ was the Supervisor of Education for Victim Services Center of
Montgomery County, Inc. in Norristown, PA for 5 years. Originally from
Baton Rouge, La., Jody made national headlines in March 1984 when he was
abducted by his karate teacher and taken to Los Angeles, Ca. FBI officials
rescued Jody and his abductor was arrested. Upon his karate teacher’s return
to Baton Rouge, La., Jody’s father, Gary Plauche’, in front of a local television
camera, shot and killed the man who kidnapped and sexually molested his
son. The sexual abuse had occurred for a period of more than one year.
Over the years, Jody has been a guest on several television talk shows and TV shows, including: Geraldo
(1991, 1993, 1996), Now it can be Told (1991), Maury Povich (1993, 1996), Oprah (1995), Leeza
(1995), Real TV (1996), The Montel Williams Show (1997, 2005), The John Walsh Show (2002,
2003), CNN’s Connie Chung Tonight (2003), and has done several interviews for local papers and
local television stations.
Jody obtained his bachelor’s degree in General Studies from Louisiana State University with minors in
Psychology, Speech Communications, and Philosophy. For two years he served on the executive board
for a campus organization, named Men Against Violence (MAV). MAV presented programs on campus
at sororities, fraternities, dorm rooms, etc…regarding Date/Acquaintance Rape, Conflict Resolution,
Racism, Violence, and masculinity. He was able to present at the American College Health Association
Conference in Orlando (1996) and the following year in New Orleans (1997) on his experience with Men
In May 1998, Jody began working at Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Inc. doing Sexual
Abuse risk reduction education programs for preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools
and colleges, as well as professional trainings for police officers, teachers, and parents. He is a certified
sexual assault counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and has logged many hours answering the 24-hour
crisis hotline, as well as accompanying sexual assault victims to the hospital and the police station and
providing support for victims of rape.
Jody has also co-facilitated a workshop at the PCCD’s Pathways for Crime Victims conference. In
October 2002, he attended The White House Conference on Missing, Exploited, and Runaway Children,
which featured speakers such as FBI Director Robert Mueller, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary
of State Colin Powell, and President George W. Bush. In December 2003, he was the final keynote
speaker at the First Annual Louisiana Conference on Sexual Assault. In April 2004, he was the keynote
speaker at “Take Back the Night Rally’s” in Clinton County at Lock Haven University and at Saint Joseph’
s University. Also, he was the final speaker at a Forensic Nurse’s Conference in New Orleans, La. In
December 2004, he was named the 6th Annual Governor’s Pathfinder Victim/Activist of the Year for the
state of Pennsylvania. On June 24, 2005, Jody resigned as Supervisor of Education at Victim Services.
After gaining valuable experience working at a comprehensive crime victims center, he now plans to speak
out around the country to reach a larger audience with his message of hope for sexual violence victims.