Re: so what do you think now?
Jim Holman (HOLMAN_JIM/OMGATE_OA@GATE.US.OHIO-STATE.EDU)
Sun, 17 Oct 1993 18:23:33 -0400
As a CNN (Headline News) Junkie, I saw the original 'teaser' about
BSA and 1800 child molesters. I've carefully followed my local
newspaper as well as a couple of larger ones around, and no one
True: Bsa loses some good people due to charges or suspicions of
child abuse, but what else are they to do?? Imagine the hue and cry if
they KEEP suspects until, if ever, charges are proved. Would you be
happy if your daughter started dating a guy charged (but not convicted)
True: BSA misses some good people because they are or might be gay. I
know a couple of gay males and there were 2 in my army unit (2 I knew of).
Because I know these people, I would trust my son with them without
worry, but I know this isn't the general case.
Anyone who thinks should realize that there is NO WAY BSA or any other
organization can keep a list of suspected perps and share it with
ANYBODY ELSE. The $15,000,000 liability policy would be peanuts when you
start looking at libel claims resulting from branding someone as a
child molestor on the basis of the evidence at hand.
I think that we're trying to do the best we can. Following the policies
of 2-deep leadership, really KNOWING the leaders, parental involvement,
etc. should help us protect the boys. There are going to be slip-ups,
but it seems to me that the record is pretty good.
We've got to realize that sexual abuse of children is not an easily
pigeonholed problem.... it's not a male/female problem, it's not a
straight/gay problem... it's that there are SOME people who have an
unnatural sexual attraction to children, and it's our job to protect
the children from this predation. And, of course, the best way to
protect your own children is to be involved. Be involved with them
and the organizations they are involved with.
off my soapbox now....
Jim Holman, I used to be a Bear...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City