SNAP Stands in Solidarity with Abuse Survivors from the Boy Scouts

In the past several weeks, hundreds of survivors of abuse at the hands of Boy Scout leaders have come forward . SNAP stands with these brave survivors as they share what happened to them and to seek to prevent future children from being abused.

Like other victims of institutional abuse, the BSA survivors have shared stories of being intimidated into silence, feelings of shame and guilt, and worries that no one would ever believe them. Just like other institutions that have had massive abuse scandals, the BSA has been accused of concealing cases of abuse and working to keep allegations quiet.

We hope that, as these survivors continue to come forward and share what happened to them, their experiences will lead to meaningful change within the structure of the BSA to ensure that no other children are victimized by someone who is supposed to care for them. If abuse does occur, we hope that it will never again be swept under the rug in order to preserve the reputation of an institution over the safety of children.

We also hope that others who may have been hurt while they were in the scouts will be inspired and encouraged to come forward. When they do, they should first make a report to police, then get help from support groups or therapists, and start healing.

CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (zhiner@snapnetwork.org, 517-974-9009)

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org


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  • Mike Barker
    commented 2019-07-03 22:18:49 -0500
    I’m so upset with everything, there’s time’s now in my life I feel something I’ve never felt before. Ready! I’ve had all I want from here, not trying to be selfish but complete. After thirty something years of being an alcoholic, cocaine, crack, and going through my present methamphetamine addiction, 3 X loser to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice I’m exhausted, left with anxiety, shame, broken relationship, and the list goes on.
    I sat and pondered what’s wrong with me. I was raised by my grandparents who made sure my needs were meant. I had everything a young boy could dream of.
    I was a very outgoing young man I made all stars in baseball, I was on the mile relay team that sat a school record, I played linebacker in football, I sat 2nd chair violinist in orchestra, I attended church every Sunday, and to top it off I was one merit badge from reaching the highest ranking in scouting. I was senior patrol leader of one of the most respected troops in the big country.
    Just like day and night, I quit the BSA, quit playing the violin, quit baseball, track, receiving my first failing grade ever, and became a alcoholic.
    I felt like a loser, unwanted, I missed being abused. My scoutmaster after 2 years of showing me love turned his attention onto a younger scout. I was left alone…
    I’ve discovered the BSA doesn’t care about it’s fallen victims. I’ve heard their CEO say not only do we want to help the victims start a new beginning but we encourage the victims to come out.. Lies…I was treated horribley,…
    I will continue my story later, it’s ashame. I feel worse now then when I kept it to myself..
    I’ve never been more ashamed, Iied to, put down, and told my childhood didn’t mean a thing. Thanks Mike CEO, special Thanks to Erin Eisner for pointing out what my childhood was worth. Thanks BSA for making my life feel worthy. What a organization built around greed.

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