Re: YPP: Advice Requested (relates to Background Check)
Tom Granvold (Thomas.Granvold@ENG.SUN.COM)
Wed, 26 Oct 1994 16:52:33 PDT
> This last summer, he attended a two week theatrical dance work-
> shop held at a local private theater company. While he was there, he
> was invited by the person who manages the company to become involved
> with it.
> I have since heard that this person can best be described as an "active,
> aggressive, gay". He is apparently using this as a way of obtaining
> boys for his own use. I don't feel that I can really go to the Police
> about this, because I have no real proof. Just one person's "Oh!
> I heard that he...". I am extremely leary of letting my son become more
> involved in this group, and have serious reservations about letting him
> attend the session next summer (which he wants to do). To the best of my
> knowlege, he doesn't know about this man's reputation or alleged activity.
> So, do I:
A tough position for you to be in. I'm not going to be able to help you
much partly because it impossible to judge the situation without being in it
myself (such as how much do you trust the word of the person who told you about
it?) and because there is no good solution.
First, obviously (and I think you wouldn't anyway) you can't take your
first option, do nothing and hope for the best. At the very least you need
to warn your son about the potential danger. BUT, the YPP training I received
in scouting tells me that I report any suspected abuse to the Council Executive
and NOT TELL ANYONE ELSE! This is to prevent ruining the person's reputation
(and possibly worse) with an accusation which may turn out to be false. So
if you can't warn your son then you need to take some action to keep him from
the potential danger.
Second, in your posting to SCOUTS-L you have accidently given enough
information that a determined person could find out who this man is. The
town that you live in is given in the message. It is possible that from that
information along someone could find out about the summer workshop and hence
what the theater company is. Please be careful, I realize that your intention
was simply to look for help. Now that I and others are aware of the situation
you have inadvertently put us in the position of dealing with the problem. Do
we now have a resposibility to report this?
My suggestion is for you to talk to the person in you local council who is
responsible for handling child abuse. In our council it is the Council
Executive. It sounds like you need advice from someone who knows how to
handle these cases, so make use of the resources that Boy Scouts provides to
help you out.
Tom Granvold <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I use to be a beaver ....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City