Scouts Canada CEO Resigns Amid Sexual Abuse Scandal
Last month, Care2 reported on the CBC’s investigation into confidential files that the boy scouts in Canada and the United States kept about pedophiles in their ranks. In addition to the secret files, the CBC also discovered a series of confidential settlements between child abuse victims and Scouts Canada. Today, the CBC reported that Janet Yale, CEO and executive commissioner of Scouts Canada, has resigned.
Both Yale and Scouts Canada insist that the resignation has nothing to do with the pedophile scandal, but instead has to do with philosophical differences on the direction of the organization. Yale asserted that “the recent media controversy has nothing to with my decision to leave Scouts Canada” (Toronto Star). In an e-mail to the CBC, Scouts Canada’s chief commissioner and chair of the board of directors wrote that “her decision to tender her resignation was in no way related to the recent media attention, and the staff continue to enjoy both my own and the board’s full support on this matter.”
While Yale and those who remained behind appear be speaking from the same page at the moment (insisting that no secret pedophile files exist), her resignation certainly does beg the question of whether more will be revealed in the future.
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