The Catholic church was not the only trusted organization covering up child sexual abuse. So was Scouts Canada. Annie Urban covered the shocking revelations that prompted the report just released by Scouts Canada.
Last October the “Los Angeles Times” posted a photograph of a man with a two-decade history of sexual abuse on both sides of the border and reported:
Rick Turley was 18 when he learned that Scouting offered a unique opportunity to meet boys.
He would show up in a uniform with a sash full of merit badges, charm parents with claims of being a “top” leader and offer to take their preteen boys out for a swim or drive. Then, often after plying them with alcohol, he would fondle or rape them — once going so far as to kidnap a boy in a stolen plane.
Over nearly two decades, Turley molested at least 15 children in Southern California and British Columbia, most of whom he met through American and Canadian Scouting, a Los Angeles Times and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. investigation has found.
After that revelation, Scouts Canada Chief Commissioner Steve Kent posted an apology on YouTube. He claimed the organization had put in place rigorous policies to provide a safe environment and that all abuse allegations were reported to the police.
CBC’s “the fifth estate” went on to produce a documentary called “The Lost Boys” that took a critical look at how Scouts Canada had handled the victimization of young boys. It revealed a disturbing pattern of coverup by Scouts Canada and the tragic aftermath for victims.
Next: Scouts Canada Investigates and Responds
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