April 3, 2017
Did you know that the Boy Scouts of America was the largest youth organization in the entire United States? Many people are unaware of this fact. Unfortunately, it is yet another youth activity where adult sex offenders are present in shocking numbers.
According to information and studies done in recent years, thousands of sexual abuse cases that involved adult Scout leaders, as well as volunteers have emerged.
How Abuse Occurs
When a child joins the Boy Scouts, they typically work with adult leaders. These leaders are the ones who work closely with the youth and the youth look to them for direction and guidance. It is in this situation that the “grooming” of many of these young scouts begins.
In the most typical scenarios, the cases of abuse usually occur during sleepovers, camping trips, and visits to the scout leaders home, which is often considered part of the initiation process. In some situations, the leaders of the Boy Scout troops are convicted in one area, to just move to another city or state and continue the cycle of abuse. Many blame poor screening of adult volunteers as the reason for this high rate of sexual abuse in the Boy Scout organization.
Was Your Son a Victim?
It is often difficult to determine if a child is being abused. Because they look up to their scout leader, they may be hesitant or even afraid to say anything. It is important for parents to watch for signs of sexual abuse, which include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Discomfort in some situations around certain adults
- Intense emotions
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Excessive masturbation
Parents should work to keep an open dialogue with their child about what they can do if they are in an uncomfortable situation, when and how to say no and what to do if they become a victim of sexual abuse. There are many young victims who blame themselves, which is why it is so important for parents to let them know it wasn’t their fault, regardless of the circumstances.
When to Seek Legal Representation
If you, or someone you love, has suffered sexual abuse from a Boy Scout leader, or anyone else, you should first seek medical treatment and then contact the police. There are several resources available to help you and your child overcome the abuse and overcome the trauma that goes along with it.
The attorneys at Bautista LeRoy are also here to help. They have been serving victims of sexual abuse for many years and can help ensure the responsible party is held liable. Don’t let this horrible crime go unpunished, or allow it to happen to another child. Seeking legal advice and representation is the best way to ensure you and your rights are protected.