In the era of #MeToo, we are often reminded of the rampant sexual abuse that has been going on for decades in some of our nation’s most celebrated institutions.
While Hollywoods starlets equate consensual sexual encounters meant to further their careers with violent rape (while there surely may be many women in Hollywood who were legitimately abused or raped, no doubt), there is a big, fat elephant in the room that we seem almost entirely unwilling to talk about.
Child sex abuse.
Women who have been hit on or fondled by bosses seems to evoke empowerment and is widely accepted as something worth denouncing. Meanwhile, when children have their innocence violently robbed from them and complex cover-ups run rampant in places like the public school system, global churches, and scouting organizations, well, that’s just not as fashionable to denounce, is it?
It doesn’t make a very good award acceptance speech to denounce child sex abuse.
The Boy Scouts of America, an organization most recently in the news for it’s decision to eliminate “Boy” from the name and allow girls for no reason other than “inclusion” (despite there already being a fully-functioning, ultra-left Girl Scouts of America), has long been a hotbed of sexual abuse, and, it now appears, it may eventually lead to its downfall.
The Washington Examiner explains that perhaps, this is for the best:
The Boy Scouts of America is considering filing for bankruptcy — it should do so and fade into the annals of history, leaving behind a mixed legacy of traditional values and rampant abuse.
Reports say say the organization hired attorneys and is looking at what they should do after realizing they are drowning in the legal costs from defending themselves against so many lawsuits claiming members were subject to sexual abuse.
“We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting, and we also have an obligation to carry out our mission to serve youth, families and local communities through our programs,” Surbaugh said in a statement.
In 2015, the Los Angeles Times published several thorough stories about the overwhelming number of sexual abuse cases and cover ups, including a database of the cases published. In light of the research, which included “3,100 case summaries spanning 1947 through 2005,” it’s astounding the organization is still functioning.
Over the years, of course, the BSA has opened their doors to homosexual troop leaders (and they wonder why there’s so much abuse?), then transgender members (i.e. gender-confused girls), and at last, girls.
Why an organization that has been plagued with so many sexual abuse scandals thought it would be a good idea to throw that much gasoline on the fire leads one to wonder.
What’s sad, of course, is that the BSA is meant to serve a place in society that we now so desperately need. A place for little boys to, well, be boys. To learn the value of hard work, teamwork, honor, respect, and responsibility to their community as men.
They’re certainly not getting that elsewhere these days. But if this is what they’ve allowed themselves to become, the Washington Examiner’s Nicole Russel opines, well, perhaps, so be it:
Many men have no doubt had a good experience with the Boy Scout organization, either in their youth or as adult leaders. Still, it’s hard to say what kind of legacy the Boy Scouts leaves when there is also a trail of wreckage behind it — emotional damage from sexual abuse that can hardly be undone.
If the Boy Scouts are struggling financially because they are drowning in debt from having to defend themselves from accusations of sexual abuse, good riddance. Maybe this will provide a semblance of closure and peace for those who suffered at the hands of men while trying to simply be a boy — and may this also keep other boys from suffering the safe fate.