Re: Youth Protection help
John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Fri, 17 Nov 1995 12:22:00 EST
At 10:45 AM 11/16/95 -0500, Paul H. Brown wrote:
>On Wed, 15 Nov 1995, John E. Campbell wrote:
>> definitely not. The whole idea of 2-Deep Leadership is to not only protect
>> the boy but to protect you too! There should be another adult there.
>This much I agree with.
>> Preferably from the boy's family and specifically not from your family.
>This part I don't. Another person from the scouter's family is just as
>legitimate a chaperone as anyone else. You just don't want to be alone
>with a scout.
>You want someone around to be able to back up you up, because "He touched
>me in a naughty place" can't be refuted by your denial alone. Someone
>else needs to be there to say: didn't happen.
"Preferably from the boy's family and specifically not from your family."
Ok, I guess I need to clarify this part of my statement. To do this I guess
I should give you a little more information on my training background and
exactly where this part of my statement came from. Like many of you, I've
sat through the one hour video provided by the Boy Scouts. On top of that, I
recently took an additional youth protection class at our council's Pow Wow.
This was not the video presentation but an hour long discussion between the
attendees and the instructor. To our benefit was the fact that the
instructor was also a police investigator whose primary responsibility for
many years was child abuse cases. Although it's not Boy Scout policy, he
highly recommended that the second adult not be a member of the leader's
family. He stated that both on an investigative and trial level, the
statement of a family member would not hold as much 'water' as that of a
non-family member. The fact is that police, judges and jurys realize that
for many, 'blood is thicker than water'. Family member may outright lie or
do so due to the fact that they can't believe that a member of their family
could ever do such a thing. On top of that, there have been many cases, some
of them famous, where family members participated in the abuse.
Remember, we are not just protecting the boys, we need to protect ourselves!
In cases such as these we need to nip any allegations in the bud as soon as
possible. As stated by our instructor, the last thing we need is to have our
name and/or face plastered on the TV screen with the headline, 'Local Boy
Scout Leader accused of molestation!'. Of course that will make the evening
news. If the charges are found to be groundless do you think it will also
make the evening news? Doubt it! Once your name and face is on that screen,
there are people who WILL believe it and it could follow you for the rest of
It's truly unfortunate that we have to take such precautions but the sad
fact is that we do. We need to do whatever we can to make sure our lives
aren't ruined by some unfounded allegations. Again, it may not be Boy Scout
policy but I would highly recommend that the second adult be anyone other
than a family member or relative.
From: John E. Campbell
Wolf Den Leader / Assistant Cub Master
Pack 608, Central Florida Council
Owner: Campbell Automotive Technologies
Automotive Electronic Accessory Specialist
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