Re: Youth Protection
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 30 Jun 1993 09:53:58 CDT
> So I take it that your COR has NOT been contacting past local Councils
> or people listed on the application as references, huh?? What??
> References?? Yep...on the CURRENT BSA leader application, there is a
> space for the applicant to list not just where he or she had served as
> a BSA leader before, but also space for him or her to list several
> references that can be checked (if needed) by the COR before he or she
> approves the application!! While again that will not slow down the
> most "sneaky" of the child molesters, I think it was Mark Wilson that
> correctly stated that "...most are NOT "outsiders" but rather parents
> and people that live in the same community as the kids do and whom
> KNOW the kids".
--To add to the above, the local councils all have a legal executive who's
responsibility it is to check these references, and all d.e.'s are supposed to
follow up any references on anyone.
> >Making criminal records a matter of public record would be a good start.
> We have laws that protect the rights of persons, even criminals, from
> "invasive searches and seizures". While I agree with you that a
> national registry of child sexual offenders would help matters
> greatly, at the same time, I caution about using the government to do
> something that we ourselves, if we cared enought about our children
> and others, can do better and perhaps more personally than a
> bureaucrat can (speaking as one of those "generic military
-- there is a Ill state registry of SUSPECTED child abusers and it is available
to the executive staff, as well as authorized citizens. All that needs to
happen is a child goes to the police and says, "Daddy hits me or locked me out
of the house." RESULT: Man is list for a minimum of 5 years on the state
registry of suspected abusers.
---all legal executives of the local councils are authorized to contact the
police and do such a search if there is a need. Part of the Youth Protection
that is so very helpful is that BSA has established a communication link
(protocol) to report suspected abusers and you do not need to give your name.
However, remember as BSA leaders since 1910 we have had the obligation to report
abuses to children, the difference is that now we have the format (protocol) as
to how, when, and to whom.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City