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    • This is what I never realized until my last round of youth protection training.  I had always thought the predators were simply scout leaders who had that perversion and acted on it.  I never realized that many likely joined scouts with this intent in mind.  I still get chills (disgusted) when I realize this. I will say, this knowledge really helped me explain to others why we must rigorously enforce barriers to abuse.  I always thought there were two reasons (protecting youth from abuse and protecting adults from false charges).  However, there is a 3rd reason … scaring away any sexual predator from even joining scouts as they see they will not have an opportunity and would be quickly discovered. One final point, I will say there are definitely abusers who are parents.  I personally know 2 individuals that were sent to prison for child porn.  Both were parents.  In addition, my nephews ASM's husband, not involved in scouting, was caught sexually abusing two little girls he would baby sit.  He was a friend of my father and my dad was clearly in shock.  No one had a clue this could be happening.  I think these serve as a reminder to me that the barriers to abuse must be enforced as you never really know. My one concern is that we overcorrect.  I do not want any child abused; however, I also want youth to have opportunities I believe can mold them into strong adults.  I am concerned that over litigation could drive many youth organizations out of business.  If there are real gaps that could lead to abuse, they should be addressed.  What I would like to avoid is changes that do not necessarily make the program safer, but are simply added to prevent litigation.  
    • I would add awareness as well. Back in the day, we naturally trusted the Church, Boy Scouts, police. We were not aware as their transgressions were not disclosed by their respective leadership and often not by victims either. Now Little League, Pop Warner (fugetaboutit), and the Y (no pool!, no showers), my father was all over with caution.    
    • We can agree to disagree. From a purely objective - add motive to opportunity and access - assessment, no other organization I can think of has as many vulnerabilities as Scouting. Yes, others "had similar issues," but you would have to combine multiple other youth activities to come up with one year's worth of Scouting. To qualify, this is only my personal experience with Scouting, other youth activities as a child/youth and as a parent. I can only share from what I know and what I've considered, so always open to being wrong. I try to avoid falling into my dad's "often wrong, but never in doubt," category, but I'm probably not as successful as I should be. 
    • I grew up Catholic also and went thru CCD in the 1970s.  It seems that there was similar opportunity.  For us, we met in the volunteer's apartment.  My parents would drop us off in front of the building and we knew which apartment to go to.  My wife grew up in an evangelical church and there were constant youth ministry activities and things happened.  I agree scouting had probably more opportunity, but other programs had similar issues.
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