Re: Taking away a boys Eagle - Sexual Abuse
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Mon, 16 Oct 1995 13:21:17 -0400
I would concur with Bob Evans and would add that this only goes to
prove the necessity of youth protection, 2-Deep Leadership etc.
This boys ability to obtain the Eagle shows how difficult it is to see
where this type of behavior may arise.
What scares me more than anything else however is that this conviction
may only relate to one of many attempts on his part and from the time scale
given the boy might have tried to involve some of the very youngest boys
in the Troop while he was there.
It might be worthwhile discussing what happened with the Troops older boys
who knew the boy in question and determining if any attempts at abuse were
made on your other boys. Any scout who quit abruptly after an outing
might be contacted as well. It should be made clear that abuse in any
form by Adult or Boys shall not be tolerated.
The harm done here might be much deeper than a disturbed boy obtaining his
Eagle. I hope I am wrong.
Yours in Scouting,
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
Riverglades Elem. - Parkland, Fla. | Ta-Tsu-Hwa - Ordeal '69, Brthrhd '70
Lighthouse Dstrct - S. Fl. Council | Scout in NYC-Brooklyn 61-66, Tulsa 66-71
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