The Boy Scouts' Police Problem

Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by cops. Should the Scouts share the blame?

Ceding oversight to the police departments and whatever local authorities they answer to may be a sound legal strategy, says Patrick Boyle, author of Scout's Honor, a book detailing cases of sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts. But it is disappointingly hands-off. "In a program that pushes kids to go above and beyond," he says, "the kids would be better served if their leaders went above and beyond, too."

Judith Cohen, a Temple University psychology professor specializing in youth sexual abuse, is more blunt. "Before [Learning for Life] has any more kids enroll [as Explorers], they should take a very systematic look at the problems and why they're arising," she says. "You can't just trust the police departments and hope for the best."

Maggie, the Explorer abused by former Sergeant Vince Ariaz in Texas in 2007, is a prime example of who suffers when Learning for Life cedes oversight of its program to locals, says her lawyer, Jeffrey Edwards. "Every person that was supposed to look out for her not only failed, but also really turned their back on her," he says. "In this case, the authorities were notified. They just didn't do their job."

 

This article appeared in print as "Hands-On Experience: Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame."

« Previous Page
 |
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
All
 
My Voice Nation Help
10 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
VulpesRex
VulpesRex

Brainless libtards are so desperate to indict the Boy Scouts on something, nay, ANYTHING. If it weren't for those Christian values so many of you ridicule and despise, your lack of any values would make this sort of thing perfectly acceptable.

Just admit that the real reason you hate the scouts is because they won the right to be fairy-free thanks to the Supreme Court.

Anthony Grey
Anthony Grey

"and a former cop in Burlington, North Carolina, pled guilty to taking indecent liberties with a minor after being accused of having sex with a 14-year-old he'd taken on ride-alongs."

"indecent liberties"?????? hmmmm... if it was anyone else, it would be pedophilia. must be nice to have more rights than the citizens you're paid to protect.

really
really

Seriously? Wow, the police system has really done its job- it abused its power yet again. And how many times was the actual word RAPE used in this article? I'm pretty sure not many of those girls actually wanted to have sex with those gross old men. Sick.

Seriously, what hope do we have for men in our society, when it seems that they will have sex with whoever they can get away with. Where are all the moral men?

I'm surprised at some of these comments. I hope you one day realize how lightly you're taking this societal disease.

wesailtoday
wesailtoday

Is the word rape even used in this article? There is really no hope for men in our society. It seems that any time a man can get the opportunity to have sex with any female, no matter the age, he takes it. What happened to all the moral men? Seriously...

jack eich
jack eich

cops like young pussy,its what they are all about. rape and bestiality

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Typical Texas Cops ... Repuglykkkans ... Christian Family Values.

Stella long
Stella long

Dammed Moslems again...

Anthony Grey
Anthony Grey

damned idiots again. go back to your bridge, troll.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I believe it was tongue-in-cheek, friend. You're coming from the right place, though.

 
Anaheim Concert Tickets
Loading...