scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: YPP - Scouts say no evidence that educational training does more good than harm?!
Mike Montalvo (mike_montalvo@YAHOO.COM
Fri May 19 2000 - 07:08:57 CDT
On May 15, 2000 (AP)
"The Scouts have maintained that there is no evidence that educational
programs intended to teach children how to avoid sexual abuse do more
good than harm, or that they have prevented it, the court noted. But
the organization's own publications vaunt its ``Youth Protection
Program'' as ``imparting critical information to successfully repel a
sexual overture,'' the court said."
``Certainly, this evidence, if credited by the factfinder at trial,
supports Juarez's position that the molestation would not have
occurred if he and his mother been advised of the materials...,''
the court found.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A state appeals court said that a former Boy
Scout might have fended off sexual attacks from a troop leader had he
been better instructed in his native Spanish about how to protect
The 3-0 decision by the 1st District Court of Appeal Monday resurrects
a lawsuit brought against the Boy Scouts of America by Mario R. Juarez,
who contends the organization should be held liable for the harm caused
by his molestation.
A lower court had dismissed all of the complaints filed by Juarez but
the appellate court found merit to one of them, namely, his argument
that he should have been provided with Spanish versions of materials
routinely used to teach Scouts how to detect -- and defend themselves
against -- sexual predators.
Besides the ``Boy Scout Handbook,'' such tools include manuals and
training films provided under the comprehensive ``Youth Protection
Program'' the Scouts developed specifically in the 1980s to address
molestation. The materials are available in both English and Spanish
but were provided to Juarez's troop in English only.
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