Skip to comments.Major youth groups make headway against sex abuse
Posted on 01/21/2012 2:32:13 PM PST by SmithL
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Boy Scouts have labored for decades to curtail sexual abuse of scouts by adult volunteers. But when their name was evoked in a lawsuit linked to the Penn State abuse scandal, the reference was not to problems - it was acknowledgment that the Scouts' current prevention policies are considered state of the art.
While the local youth charity in the Penn State case has been accused of lax policies, experts in abuse prevention say most of the national organizations serving young people - such as the Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America - have performed commendably in drafting and enforcing tough anti-abuse policies even as they're sometimes faced with wily and manipulative molesters.
"I'd give them all an A-plus," said Portland State University psychologist Keith Kaufman, who has studied and treated child sex abuse victims.
If there's a systemic problem, Kaufman and other experts say, it's lack of data - from the organizations themselves and from law enforcement agencies - that could illustrate progress by youth groups. The Scouts, for example, said, "We simply do not track or have data that would help quantify trends."
Nonetheless, several independent child-protection experts told The Associated Press that the Scouts - though buffeted in the past by many abuse-related lawsuits - are now considered a leader in combatting sexual abuse.
"The Boy Scouts have the most advanced policies and training," said Victor Vieth, a former prosecutor who heads the National Child Protection Training Center in Minnesota. "With even slight violations, there's no debate. Someone who transgresses one of these rules is moved out - you don't need to give them a second chance."
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Yeah, I’m current with my Youth Protection training.
Great post - surprised the AP would do a good story about abuse and the Scouts. Rush said it when the Penn State story broke, “this is about a gay man not anything else.” Too bad the major media can’t use the words that fit the men who abuse choir BOYS and SCOUTS...gay.
Finally we get recognized for doing Protection Youth Right.
Do you think that this might, just might wake a few folks up to the fact that we know how to do things right? Perhaps even cause a few minds to be changed about us?
maybe even slow the attack on Scouting?
Unfortunately, this won’t make any difference at all.
I'd say the pamphlet is clear enough. From what I remember, it DOES describe what happens in specific situations. We parents must sign-off that we read it to our sons, and one of mine was age 11 or 12 at the time. The pamphlet was detailed enough. In fact, I picked and chose what to read because my son at that age was clearly disturbed by what he was hearing. I remember the expression on his face and what he said: "This is disturbing." We don't need to frighten them anymore than that.
This is a perfect statement from the AP article -”...the Scouts’ prevention program is “considered somewhat the gold standard.”
Perhaps you’re right, but I hope not.
Too bad the major media cant use the words that fit the men who abuse choir BOYS and SCOUTS...gay.
Well, except that the word is actually “homosexual”. The word “gay” means “happy”, which, I suppose, is the reason the homosexual activists want us to use it instead of the appropriate term.
The correct word is “sodomite”, not “homosexual” or “gay”.
Keep the queers out, the remaining problem will be statistically insignificant.
I think the only people who don’t respond to this are the ones who want unfettered access to our Scouts. Our job is to guard the gates against such.