Boy Scouts Assert ‘Good Faith Effort’ to Protect Youths
The Boy Scouts of America, facing what could be an avalanche of unfavorable attention in coming weeks from the court-ordered release of internal files about inappropriate sexual behavior by youth leaders, issued a report on Tuesday by a professor who reviewed the files and found what she called “a good faith effort” to protect boys from harm.
The group’s senior leadership team also issued “an open letter to the scouting community” that included an apology for past wrongs, but also a strong assertion that decades of efforts to internally document deviant behavior within the Scouts — to purge bad leaders — had worked.
“Where those involved in scouting failed to protect, or worse, inflicted harm on children, we extend our deepest apologies and sympathies,” the letter said.
The Oregon Supreme Court ordered in June that thousands of pages of so-called “perversion files” be opened to public inspection, as part of an abuse case by a former Scout leader in Portland. The release was delayed by a court motion from the Boy Scouts requesting redaction of certain information, including the names of victims. One of the lawyers in the Portland case, Paul Mones, said the files would be available online when the redactions were com...
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.