Rep Speier Leads Call for BSA to Detail Steps Taken to Protect Child Sexual Abuse Survivors and to Prevent Future Instances of Abuse
Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) and eight of her congressional colleagues sent a letter to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) requesting detailed information on the reporting mechanics in place for scouts who have survived child sexual abuse and the safety measures BSA has put into place to prevent any future instances of abuse, particularly in light of BSA continuing to open its ranks to girls and young women.
The letter also calls on BSA to include this information as part of their annual report to Congress – which they are required to submit as a Congressionally Chartered Organization. Additionally, the letter expresses serious concerns with recent reports of coverups of child sexual abuse as well as efforts to stymie the passage of state laws that allow survivors to seek justice, especially from an organization that prides itself on preparing young people for today – and for life.
“As Members of Congress responsible for the oversight of congressionally chartered organizations, we write with concerns regarding recent reports that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been advocating against efforts to reduce barriers for victims of child sexual abuse to report decades old abuse. We are also troubled by the implications of these reports for the safety and well-being of former, current, and future members of your organization,” the Members wrote. “Since the Boys Scouts of America announced it will change its name in February 2019 to Scouts BSA, and in anticipation of opening the organization to young women and girls that started with the Cub Scouts this past summer, we write to request a detailed account of the safety procedures and reporting mechanisms you have and will put in place to keep current and future members safe.”
Click here for a copy of the letter signed by Representatives Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Wm. Lacy Clay (MO-01), Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20), Darren Soto (FL-09), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Robert A. Brady (PA-01), and Bobby L. Rush (IL-01).