Boy Scouts speak to abuse allegations against former leader

Boy Scouts of the Inland Northwest Council statement concerning child abuse incident in the Kootenai Valley Times, January 14, 2021:

We were shocked and disgusted to learn of these reports. Our heart goes out to the victims and the victims’ families.

While these incidents appear unrelated to Scouting, upon learning of these charges, we took immediate action to remove this individual from Scouting and prohibit him from any future participation in our programs.
The BSA’s youth protection measures are informed by respected experts in the fields of child safety, law enforcement, and child psychology and are among the strongest youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization.

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The BSA’s multi-layered process of safeguards in place today includes the following measures, all of which act as barriers to abuse: a thorough screening process for adult leaders and staff including criminal background checks, the prompt mandatory reporting of any allegation or suspicion of abuse to law enforcement, and a leadership policy that requires at least two youth-protection trained adults be present with youth at all times and bans one-on-one situations where adults would have any interaction alone with children – either in person, online, or via text.

The BSA also offers a 24/7 Scouts First Helpline (1-844-SCOUTS1) and email contact address, scouts1st@scouting.org, for help reporting suspected abuse or inappropriate behavior.

For more information about the BSA’s youth protection policies, our commitment to supporting victims, and our efforts to be part of the broader solution to child abuse, please visit: www.scouting.org/youth-safety.

As this matter is ongoing, please direct further questions to the Bonners Ferry Police Department.

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