Boys & Girls Clubs of America Sexual Abuse Allegations: Who’s Affected?
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Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) is currently under fire over allegations of sexual abuse.
In 2019, Hearst Connecticut Media published a major report on its six-month investigation into the youth development nonprofit organization. The investigation found more than 250 reports of child sex abuse perpetrated by employees, volunteers and others associated with of BGCA — and some victims were as young as 6 years old, according to CT Insider.
Boys and Girls Club Abuse Allegations
In 2018, former athletic director of Sonoma Valley’s Boys & Girls Club Paul Dwayne Kilgore was sentenced to 150 years to life in prison for the sexual abuse of three boys under his care at the youth organization, Sonoma News reported.
According to a civil lawsuit, one of Kilgore’s victims was a fifth-grade boy who had attempted to report the sexual abuse in 2007 and 2010, but was allegedly ignored by Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Club employees, who did not notify the police, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
In 2012, leadership found that Kilgore had slept naked with children during an overnight trip; yet again, no one reported the misconduct to the police, according to the AP.
Kilgore reportedly left the Sonoma Valley Boys & Girls Club when he was informed he could not take boys offsite. However, he was hired shortly thereafter at a nearby Boys & Girls Club in Petaluma, California, per the AP.
In a separate lawsuit, three individuals brought allegations against Rockefeller University Hospital, the place of employment of endocrinologist Reginald Archibald, who also volunteered at the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club from the 1940s through the 1960s, according to the CT Post. He later joined the BGCA board.
Archibald scouted potential victims during his time at the BGCA, then “used the guise of his studies to rape and molest children in examination rooms.”
The victims’ attorneys suspect the now-deceased Archibald may have abused hundreds of children. The attorneys representing Archibald’s alleged victims say his “may be the most prolific case of child sex abuse in American history.”
In another lawsuit, 12 men allege a former employee of the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Kisco, New York, used his position to sexually abuse them decades ago, from the 1970s through the early 1990s.
The alleged abuser, James Collins, used grooming tactics such as plying the children with candy, gifts, and alcohol, the lawsuit claims.
The lawsuit describes the abuse as “something out of a horror story,” according to Greenwich Time.
At the time of the alleged abuse, the victims ranged from 10 years old to teenagers, according to Greenwich Time. The lawsuit claims several employees at the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester witnessed and/or knew about the sexual abuse at the time but did not prevent it from continuing.
In addition to the sexual abuse lawsuits that have been filed against Boys & Girls Clubs of America, there are 12 pending criminal cases that accuse men who are affiliated in some way with local BGCA clubs of sexual misconduct, CT Post reported.
Inconsistent Responses to Sexual Misconduct Claims
A third-party review of BGCA’s policies found local affiliates do not uniformly respond to reports of sexual misconduct.
The yearlong review was conducted by the law firm of Alston & Bird and the nonprofit Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Alston & Bird and RAINN reviewed more than 2,000 documents, met with more than a dozen BGCA staff in person and by phone, and conducted visits to 20 BGCA locations. A summary of the report was published Aug. 3, 2020.
The review was prompted by an investigation by Hearst Connecticut Media into allegations of child sex abuse linked to the organization’s U.S. affiliates. The investigation found 280 people in 31 states claim to have been sexually abused as children by employees, volunteers, and others affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
The report by Alston & Bird and RAINN noted BCBA has made progress in its sexual misconduct prevention and response programs and continues to implement new initiatives to keep members safe.
However, the youth development organization fell short in some areas and failed to execute their policies uniformly, the review found.
RAINN determined the clubs are not fully using national resources, trainings, or guidance BGCA offers, according to a summary of the report, and are not fully executing consistent, methodical responses to reports of sexual misconduct.
RAINN suggests BGCA should develop a strategic plan over three to five years to make comprehensive, measurable changes at all of its clubs.
A Boys & Girls Club of America official stated the organization decided to organize the review as part of its efforts to keep children safe.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s number one priority is the safety and protection of youth,” the BGCA official’s statement reads, according to CT Post. “Enhancing our safety protocols is a continuous process.”
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If you were a victim of sexual misconduct by someone affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, you do not have to bear the burden alone.
“Youth service organizations fill a void in a kid’s life, especially if that child comes from a broken home,” said Seattle-based lawyer Jason Amala, who is representing former BGCA members who allege abuse. “There were very fond memories for a lot of people there. But the flip side is they find out later the organization didn’t protect them.”
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