Re: Background Check
Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Mon, 24 Oct 1994 12:04:36 -0500
On Mon, 24 Oct 1994, hunteb wrote:
> The background checks are important, however.
I don't want to seem opposed to this, but wonder what the real numbers of
Scout leaders actually or suspected to be involved in this are. I
suspect the number is very small.
I am sincerely troubled that all present leaders (volunteers and prof.
staff) are, by the definition of this child protection act, presumed to
be not-innocent of any wrong doing, by having to 'prove' they are
innocent. This seems to be counter to the principle of 'presumed
innocent until _proven_ guilty'. In essence, there cannot be a
need to prove innocence unless something other than innocence is
suspected or assumed.
This is a serious erosion of personal freedom. Small wonder that 60% of
leaders in the test area were unhappy with need to comply. I'm surprised
that number wasn't 90%.
If the number of leaders is small, is it worth alienating 75% of the
scouting movement to cleanup the 0.001% that need to be cleaned up? Is
this the same as destroying the village in order to save it; or throwing
out the bath water, baby, bathtub, and knocking down the house...?
Maybe we are all reacting a bit harshly, and jumping to absurd
conclusions without any substantial information (facts) but I am troubled
by the implicit assumption of non-innocence in this. In the long run it
will not bode well for scouting or any other volunteer youth organization.
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