Re: Paedophilia, Rumours, and Scouting.
(no name) ((no email))
Thu, 2 May 1991 20:44:00 EDT
The stand of the BSA is the following: \
1. Child sexual abuse is a national issue.
2. the BSA, like everyone one, faces a huge liability problem and one reason
is because local units and those who "uses" our program do not do a fair job
selecting and attracting people of high standard to serve as leaders.
3. ANY unwanted touching or fondling is "abuse".
4. In order for parents and leaders to fully understand the roles that Scouting
leadeship plays in this impoarnt matter, the BSA has put together a set of
tapes and intructional materials for ALL leaders to view and discuss as part
of ALL leadership programs. It does not only address the present issue and
scouting will face up to this problem, but also some persepective as to why
5. The guidelines are really cut and dry and in many cases, facing today's
modern society, common sence:
a. no petting on the rear or neck rubs
b. scouts shower with scouts/adults shower with adults
c. males and female have sepaate shower facilities or a sign is posted
alerting all to hours of usage by males/females
d. no off color jokes
e. counselling is done in the sight of one other adult and preferably all
f. reports of child abuse (physically, emoitionally, sexually) will be
reported to the Scout Executive or his/her represenative only.
g. no hazing or "initiation rites of passage"
while some it may take the sails out of some old timers, the rules are there
to a. keep the Scouter from being sued and b. protect the organization.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City