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Boy Scout assaulted at summer camp? Parents claim group leaders responded poorly to incident
WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/7/03

Posted on 08/07/2003 6:15:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck


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Thursday, August 7, 2003



CRIMENETDAILY
Boy Scout assaulted
at summer camp?

Parents claim group leaders responded poorly to incident


Posted: August 7, 2003
1:00 a.m. Eastern


© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A 12-year-old Boy Scout was allegedly raped by an older member at a summer camp near Kansas City, and his parents are blaming Scout leaders for handling the incident poorly.

On Tuesday, the victim's parents returned to H-Roe Bartle Camp southwest of here in Osceola to file a complaint with authorities about the alleged incident, KMBC-TV News reported. A family member says the boy, who was not named in the report, has been traumatized by the incident.


Camp where Scout allegedly raped (courtesy: KMBC-TV)

According to accounts, the victim – who was at his first Boy Scouts summer camp – was assaulted in a tent he was sharing with a 14-year-old boy.

"He left the tent and proceeded to run and scream, which woke the leader up and several of the other adults," the family member, who was not named, told KMBC. "He's ashamed to look at his mother more than anything, because it makes his mother cry."

An official with the St. Clair County Sheriff's Department said scoutmasters didn't notify authorities until after the boys involved had been sent home. The news agency said the victim is being treated for venereal disease and has undergone AIDS testing.

Boy Scout officials countered the victim initially played down the incident, which may have been why camp leaders didn't respond more forcefully. Later, however, the victim reportedly told a chaplain he had been raped.

After the incident, sheriff's officials said, the boy was sent back to his tent to spend the night alone. The next day he went swimming, which is further complicating the investigation, KMBC said.

Mike Johnson, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts, told the news station the organization is helping with the investigation and that Scouts were alarmed by the incident.

"We are cooperating with authorities. Our primary concern is for the victim and the victim's family," he said. "We take it very seriously to help the adult leaders, parents and scouts to know what to do in this situation."




TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: boyscout; bsa; rape; summercamp

1 posted on 08/07/2003 6:15:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Why the B.S.A. doesnt want sodomites as leaders or followers
3 posted on 08/07/2003 6:28:40 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"He's ashamed to look at his mother more than anything, because it makes his mother cry."

Absolutely the wrong way to handle with the poor kid. The last thing he needs is to make his mother cry whenever she looks at him. That can make bigger scars than anything else.

Becki

4 posted on 08/07/2003 7:11:09 AM PDT by Becki (Pray continually for our leaders and our troops!)
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To: Becki
That weirded me out too. The kid is not one of her china figurines that somebody smashed, for God's sake. "Honey we love you more than ever" should be the response from both parents, and any crying to be done in private when the kid's away.
5 posted on 08/07/2003 7:16:36 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: HiTech RedNeck
My son went through something similar when he was 8. We did cry together when he told me, and then we faced it together. After that, tears were reserved for private. He had to testify against a neighbor boy who had been terrorizing kids for years, and of all the kids this boy had hurt, only one other would testify.

Today, he is a black belt in Hop Ki Do and Ti Kwon Do, and starting college this fall in law enforcement. He has also talked with a Marine recruiter.

Oh, and he has the most darling girl friend.

Becki

6 posted on 08/07/2003 7:56:11 AM PDT by Becki (Pray continually for our leaders and our troops!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
INTREP
7 posted on 08/07/2003 8:35:36 AM PDT by LiteKeeper
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