Scouts Canada: 65 sexual abuse cases not reported to police
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A forensic review of Scout Canada’s records reveals authorities were not contacted about at least 65 cases of alleged sexual misconduct against a youth.
“We are deeply and truly sorry for any harm that has happened at the hand of volunteers that were in our organization,” said Steve Kent, Scouts Canada’s volunteer chief commissioner at a press conference Monday.
“We will do everything that we can to prevent such instances from happening in the future and we encourage victims to talk to us.”
The accounting firm KPMG conducted a seven-month audit of Scout’s files, many of which were “disorganized” and “incomplete,” according to an analysis of 486 identified records provided by Scouts Canada.
The records were related to suspension and termination of volunteers for alleged sexual misconduct against youth from 1947 to 2011.
In addition to the 65 cases, there were 64 cases where it was unclear whether or not authorities were contacted. During the review process Scouts Canada information about those cases to police forces, which are investigating.
In 29 other cases, Scouts Canada had already contacted police. In 328 cases, police were aware of the allegation of sexual abuse before Scouts Canada.
Learning from past mistakes, the organization said it will now “rigorously” implement a new Child and Youth Safety Plan, which includes improved adult screening and training.
“I think Canadians can take comfort in the fact that we’re confronting the past in its entirety now with a heightened level of openness and transparency like we’ve never seen before,” said Kent.