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.

Related stories:

Scouts Canada’s Pedophiles: Confidential Files, Confidential Settlements

Boy Scouts Kept Confidential Files on Pedophiles

Boy Scouts Removed Mother From Troop After Discovering She Is a Lesbian

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K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L6 years ago

Patrik Sjöberg, once world champion of high jump, released a book recently titled "What no one sees". It describes the abuse he suffered in the hands of his trainer aswell as stepdad. After this book release there have been as the lid fell off a burning kettle. Several athletes have come forward to testify being abused by the same man. Just a few days ago it was revealed another coach in a sports club had been sexually abusing children and it had also been covered up. Things like this have a way of first being shoved under the carpet. It takes just one speaking up and the tidal wave will burst through any cover up. As horrid as these crimes are, I'm glad they are surfacing no matter where they take place; sports, scouts, youth clubs, churches, schools, etc. Anywhere there are children pedophiles will try and do their dirty deeds and it's all our responsibility to listen to the victims.

Marg Wood
Marg W6 years ago

Any organization that attracts children Guides scouts, children's choirs, organized sports etc. etc. will attract pedophiles. Parents usually think these people are wonderful for what they do for children, because these perverts groom not only the children but the parents as well. People with children should get educated about pedophiles there is information about this subject on line and physiology books about the subject and many shows like Dr. Phil that describe the techniques of a pedophile. Look up the profile of a pedophile.

Gloria Morotti
Gloria Morotti6 years ago

I'm with Jane B. The Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, the sports organizations are the worst. Why don't they start screwing one another instead of picking on children?

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

This is so ugly. Everyday there's another horror story.

Portland Neola
P. L. Neola6 years ago

I never thought the Boy Scouts could ever get as scandalous as the Catholic Church. It is sort of sad for me. When I was very young, the Blue Birds, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts were very popular.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

You know it's one thing when we commenters screw up our writing, grammer, puncuation, etc., but when one of the 'professional' bloggers do it, that's another. I stop reading the article because it had so many mistakes.

Dotti Lydon
Dotti L6 years ago

@ Steve. Thanks for your message. Is O.K. I cannot respond to your message as my Care2 Messaging Service does not work ( for many moons now). Thanks for taking the time.

Patrick F.
Patrick f6 years ago

Any organization involving children will attract pedophiles, this shouldn't be so shocking to everyone, they need to screen them better and give harsh punishment for this behavior to discourage them from doing this stuff.

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

Anytime there is an issue with pedophiles the truth is not all out yet. Pedophiles do not stop with one victim their behavior is life long. The truth always has a way of coming out.