Physically/Sexually Abused Scouts
LINDA K CLOSSEN (ZXRA59A@PRODIGY.COM)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 15:18:48 -0500
My problems seem to come is clumps!
Last year, we had three cousins join our troop who were sexually and
physically abused. They, through and as a result of their problems,
nearly destroyed our troop. We lost 10 of our 20 Scouts as a direct
reaction to their antics. After their departure, their family
continues to threaten us with law suits because we asked them to
leave. 9 months later, things are starting to return to normal. We
are building again.
This week, I got a call from a local children's home. The gentleman
said that he received our Troop name from the council. He said that
he had 6-8 boys who had been sexually and physically abused, removed
from their homes and living in a controlled situation. The man said
that the boys had severe problems and he though that Scouting could
be of some assistance. These boys wanted to be Scouts. When could
they come and join our Troop?
I am scared to death! I personally know that I can not handle the
problems of these boys. I know that all situations are different,
but I don't think that I can drag my family and Scouts through
another situation like the last one again. My adults are not trained
to handle problems of this magnitude.
I suggested that he start his own Troop. He said that they did not
have the adult supervision to go to all of the meetings and events.
I expressed to him that our Troop lives by a strong Code of Conduct.
I told him about the Troop and how we operate. I expressed to him
that our Troop requires the participation of one adult per Scout to
work in a position of responsibility in the Troop. I told him that I
was not sure that we were the right place for his boys.
I know that this could be an opportunity to help a child. I am just
so "Shell Shocked" from our last experiences that I don't know what
Please give me some insite on how you would handle this situation.
Dreading next Tuesday.......
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Linda K. Clossen
Gerald R. Ford Council
Grand Rapids, Michigan
...I used to be sane...
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