In response to questions from the Times about files pertaining to alleged child abuse in the Boy Scouts between 1970 and 1991, the Boy Scouts of America issued the following statement and timeline:
“The Boy Scouts of America believes even a single instance of abuse is unacceptable, and we regret there have been times when the BSA’s best efforts to protect children were insufficient. For that we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims. We are committed to helping members of our Scouting family who have suffered abuse and assist them through a variety of means, including counseling.
We maintain our Ineligible Volunteer Files solely to help our organization remove and keep out individuals deemed to be unfit role models. The files help us to protect youth and are one component of our broader Youth Protection program. Scouting has long maintained multiple barriers to abuse, of which the IV files are part. The files alone have limitations and were only meant to serve as a barrier to keep out unfit members as part of a comprehensive effort to keep kids safe.
In the more than 30 years since these released files were created, we have continuously enhanced our multi-tiered policies and procedures, which now include background checks, comprehensive training programs, and safety policies. We have always cooperated fully with any request from law enforcement and today require our members to report even suspicion of abuse directly to their local authorities.
We are committed to the ongoing enhancement of our program, in line with evolving best practices for protecting youth.”
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