Resources: Child Abuse

All persons involved in Scouting shall  report to local authorities, any good faith suspicion or belief that any child is or has been physically or sexually abused, physically or emotionally neglected, exposed to any form of sexual exploitation including the possession, manufacture, or distribution of child pornography, online solicitation, enticement, or showing of obscene material.  No person may abdicate this reporting to any other person.

--Guide to Safe Scouting.  "Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse", 2013

Steps to Reporting Child Abuse

    1.  Ensure the safety of the child

             a) Maintain two-deep leadership

             b) Get detailed information from the person reporting the abuse

  2.  Contact your local or state law enforcement agency immediately

  3.  Notify the Scouting Professional if at an event

  4.  Contact the Scout Executive

The "three R's" of Youth Protection convey a simple message to youth members:

  • Recognize situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
  • Resist unwanted and inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
  • Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the Scout know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred

A Time to Tell: Troop Meeting Guide English  Spanish
Video Facilitator Guides. A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators' use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.

It Happened to Me: Cub Scout Meeting Guide English  Spanish
Video Facilitator Guides. A sample letter to parents and guardians as well as English and Spanish meeting guides for facilitators' use when showing the age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention video.