As part of closing statements in a recent Multnomah County civil trial, attorneys showed jurors a confidential form that banned a volunteer from Scouting. The handwriting says Timur Dykes was kicked out for “sexual molesting of young boys.”
The Boy Scouts‘ effort to protect their young members from sexual abuse had large gaps from the start and has significantly fallen behind modern practices. Videos intended to alert youth about potential abuse don’t warn that Scout leaders could be molesters, despite an 80-year record of just such scenarios.
Few of the 1.2 million adults volunteering in Scouts have been required to take training that the Boy Scouts offer.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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