Re: while we're talking about
Byron Hynes (bph@GOV.NT.CA)
Sat, 2 Jul 1994 12:33:17 MDT
> Poster: "Settummanque, the blackeagle" <waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU>
> female) which would bring the WIDE ARM of the BSA in there, telling
> people that they cannot remain leaders anymore BEFORE the police even
> clears them from the accusation.
Just before I make this comment, I want to remind other readers that I am
not governed by the YPP, and that, in fact, Scouts Canada has no similar
policy on a national level, only some vague "recommendations", which
certainly don't have the "teeth" you mentioned, and leave way too much
to the discretion of commissioners. In general, I support the concepts
of YPP, and recommend that my leaders choose to implement similar practices
to avoid problems.
However, I feel the need to point out that the police don't "clear" people.
The police see it as their job to catch bad guys, and are paid by our tax
dollars (both in the US and Canada) to help secure convictions. If an
adult is cleared by a court after a false allegation of child abuse, it
is not because of any effort by the police.
At least in the dozens of cases I've been involved with (over 90% of
allegations made against foster parents, for example, are found to be
unfounded), the effort and expense to clear the accused name rests
with him, the "state" just doesn't help.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City