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Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:06 AM

 

Siblings Discover Dad's Scout Abuse, Remember Own

By NIGEL DUARA
Associated Press
February 17, 2013

On opposite sides of the world, the brother and sister sat transfixed before their computers, reading a stranger's account of long-ago secrets and deeply buried sins.

The memo was just four pages long, about an incident in 1963 at a Boy Scout camp in New Jersey. A Scout executive had gotten drunk during an overnight outing, then was discovered gambling with a group of boys. But there was more.

The brother and sister read on —about how this man "was observed molesting an Explorer Scout sitting at his side." About how he was admitted, voluntarily, to a mental hospital. They read about an investigation that determined he had tried to molest another Scout. It found that this man's "problem," as the document called it, had apparently existed for decades.

They read, too, about a call from this local Boy Scouts council for "suppression of spread of incident beyond group with knowledge of it." ''We know enough to advise that Brandon P. Gray should never again be registered in any capacity with the Boy Scouts of America," the memo stated.

More: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/siblings-discover-dads-scout-abuse-remember-18523957

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UnrepentantLiberal Feb 2013 OP
niyad Feb 2013 #1
Indydem Feb 2013 #2
niyad Feb 2013 #3
TalkingDog Feb 2013 #4
Indydem Feb 2013 #6
davidpdx Feb 2013 #5

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 11:51 AM

1. so the scouts behaved just like the rcc. almost unimaginable how many lives have been ruined

by the silence and protection of the abusers. but they can spend all sorts of energy being rabidly homophobic.

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Response to niyad (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:18 PM

2. How do you figure?

The RCC moved abusers to other jurisdictions, continued to keep them involved in the church and actively worked to stop cases from being prosecuted.

The BSA kicked this guy out and blacklisted him. They terminated his involvement, and did not try to stop any prosecution by the scout who was molested.

Nice try, no equivalency.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:29 PM

3. the "perversion files" were secret. they didn't follow up--this guy ended up running another

youth organization because nobody knew about him. and that is just one case we now know about.

secrets and lies from both.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 01:00 PM

4. So by that logic

If you stop someone from injuring or molesting the people in YOUR organization, you've done the right thing?

Wow. That's fucked up.

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Response to TalkingDog (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 12:14 PM

6. It wasn't even an accusation

It was an observation by another leader. How would you go about contacting authorities about such a situation?

"Yes, police? I would like to make a complaint on another person, but the actual victim does not want to come forward."

Good luck with that.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 07:04 PM

5. It does appear from the article that the only step the Boy Scouts took was to oust him

from their organization. They should have reported him to the authorities instead of keeping the information secret. The guy formed a youth group and found other victims in addition to his two kids. All of that could have been stopped if someone had said no, he needs to be reported.

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