Re: so what do you think now?
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 22 Oct 1993 11:11:25 CDT
Mitch, et al,
That is the true danger of child abuse -- we can report a suspision with little
proof and mark an adult's life forever.
I once knew a father who was placed on the Illinois "watch" list as a potential
child abuser because he would not let his son of 10 go out after 10pm one
night, and the child called the cops and reported abuse that was not there.
It took four months and many visits to court to get it settled, but my friend
remained on the Illinois "hit" list, if you will, for 5 years!
From the beginning in 1987 of our BSA push for Youth Protection, I have been
concerned about the possibility of a child not LIKING his leader and reporting
him/her just "because." In one case I personally know of in another council,
the man was reported just for making a child follow the rules basically, no
criminal charges were brought, but his BSA registration was suspended
immediately upon the report, reinstated, but the sigma still hangs over him!
Please do be careful.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City