Boy Scout leaders never reported abuse
The Boy Scouts of America Hudson Valley Council knew that two Dutchess County Boy Scouts may have been abused by a leader, but didn’t tell police.
And, they weren’t legally required to.
In the wake of a former Dutchess County assistant scoutmaster and legislator’s sexual-abuse conviction, a disturbing truth has emerged. Despite laws in New York mandating reporting the suspected sexual abuse of minors, none of them apply to protecting scouts or any other child entrusted to someone in a position of authority outside of their home.
State laws specify nearly 40 professions that must legally report good-faith suspicions of sexual abuse against a minor, but only when that abuse happened because of a parent or “other person legally responsible.”
1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That
The CDC reports that 1 in 5 children are sexually abused.
9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.
They are protected by New York State laws.
Sign this petition and change that. Protect NY Kids.