Michigan Attorney General Broadens Abuse Investigation to include BSA
We are thrilled to learn that one of the most aggressive and effective attorneys general in the US in terms of going after institutions that enable and perpetrate abuse against children is widening her sights and expanding her probe. Investigation and intervention from secular authorities is the best way to root out ongoing abuse, discover historical cases, and bring healing and prevention to communities.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced that she will be using the power of her office to investigate cases of child sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America. In past years, BSA leadership attempted to keep the issue internal, in a manner similar to how Catholic officials treated the issue of abuse. We firmly believe that outside oversight is critical to understanding what went wrong in the past and what must be done to prevent these crimes in the future. SNAP is glad that AG Nessel is getting involved.
Based on what we have seen on the island of Guam, and what we see in other parts of the United States, abuse in the BSA can have a religious component. Catholic priests and Mormon religious leaders who have been accused of abuse have sometimes doubled as Scout leaders or as Scout chaplains. We suspect AG Nessel will discover similar connections in Michigan, and we hope those connections are publicized and studied, with the result being a redesign of the scouting culture that prevents predators from entering scouting in any capacity whatsoever.
AG Nessel has been a steadfast warrior on the side of survivors and children. Her ongoing probe of Catholic sexual abuse in Michigan has been one of the most effective investigations in the country. We hope her track record will inspire those who were abused in the BSA or any similar organization to come forward and make a report using the AG’s confidential hotline at (844) 324-3374.
(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)