Re: Something to Chew on-Reply
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 08:58:01 -0400
On Oct 25, 1995 08:53:39, 'Blayden Thompson <BLAYDEN@WORDPERFECT.COM>'
>1. This item must be discussed in Troop Committee Meeting. I realize that
>is a tough problem and hard for some to talk about, but we can't take the
>ostrich approach with this kind of problem.
>2. Some states require by law, that authorities be notified if abuse is
>suspected. This relieves the Scoutmaster in this case of responsibility
>makes it know to the authorities. Worst thing you can do, is keep it to
With regard to the first point above, I would check with you SE first.
While some states require that you make proper notification, and notifying
the SE is PROBABLY suitable, many states also have criminal penalties that
can be imposed on anyone who discusses these types of things with anyone
OTHER THAN proper authorities. One of the key items in YP training the
last time I took it (Dec) was that you must tell the SE and ONLY the SE.
He will decide what additional actions need to be taken, if any. If it
turns out that the boy is innocent and you proceeded to tell the world you
could have problems.
>3. All adult scouters in this troop, need to be made aware of the problem,
>that they can protect the other youth. Keeping this boy away from
>situations is a must. Special sleeping arrangements may need to be made
>maybe dad needs to come along on campouts to help. Your creativity here
>be the key to protecting others.
I agree that we always must be prepared to protect all of the Scouts in our
charge. However, I am not sure how much of a threat to the boys this
particular boy would be, assuming he is guilty, since what he is accused of
is molesting someone's younger sister. I am not sure that this implies any
threat to young boys.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City