Nearly 8000 Boy Scout Troop Leaders Allegedly Abused 12,000 Victims

April 27, 2019By Ken HarrisonNews, Values
This article appeared in Charisma News.

Nearly 8,000 alleged pedophiles abused a reported 12,000 victims within the Boy Scouts of America, attorney Jeff Anderson said this week.

“That is a number not known before today or ever revealed by the Boy Scouts of America,” said Anderson, who represents former scouts.

The numbers come from the “perversion files,” which The New York Times reports began after World War I and continued through 2016. The files named 7,819 “perpetrators” and 12,254 victims.

Though the “perversion files” were unsealed in 2012, an expert recently reviewed the files and shared her findings in a testimony earlier this year.

Janet Warren, a professor at the University of Virginia, said during her testimony that she had been hired by the Boy Scouts and spent five years reviewing data in these files that contained information on volunteers whose involvement in the group had been ended “because of reasonable allegations of child sexual abuse.”

“The alarming thing about this is not just the number but the fact is that the Boy Scouts of America has never actually released these names in any form that can be known to the public,” says Anderson.

He continued: “The disclosure made by Dr. Janet Warren really sounded the alarm to us.”

According to ABC:

The existence of the abuse database is not new but the scope of the abuse is. In 2012, more than 14,000 pages of documents relating to abuse by 1,247 scout leaders was released in connection to a case in Oregon. That same year, The Los Angeles Times createda database detailing about 5,000 men and a small number of women tied to the Boy Scouts who were expelled in connection to sexual abuse.

Warren’s number shows a significant jump in that number, and Anderson is calling for the Boy Scouts of America to make the list public.

“This is information that the Boy Scouts has and has had for several years … [and is still] keeping secret today,” Anderson said.

The Boy Scouts said “every instance of suspected abuse is reported to law enforcement.”

“Additionally, all of the names on the ‘Anderson List’ are publicly available; all of these individuals were removed from Scouting and reported to law enforcement,” the Boy Scouts said in a statement.

The Boy Scouts could be hit with more sexual abuse allegations, though, as states expand their statute of limitations laws.

According to theAssociated Press:

States have been moving in recent months to adjust their statute of limitations laws so that victims of long-ago sexual abuse can sue for damages. New York state has passed a law that will allow such lawsuits starting in August. A similar bill in New Jersey has reached the governor’s desk. Bills also are pending in Pennsylvania and California.

In New York and elsewhere, lawyers are hard at work recruiting clients to sue the Boy Scouts, alleging they were molested as youths by scoutmasters or other volunteers.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers “recognize that this is a very unique and lucrative opportunity,” said attorney Karen Bitar, who formerly handled sex-crime cases as a prosecutor in Brooklyn before going into private practice.

Attorney Tim Kosnoff, a veteran of major sexual abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church, said Tuesday that he and his team have signed up 186 clients from dozens of states in just the past few weeks who want to be part of litigation against the Boy Scouts. Kosnoff said 166 of them identified alleged abusers who have not been named in any of the Boy Scout files made public in past years.

Boy Scouts spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said the organization continues to evaluate its financial situation, and she defended its current abuse-prevention policies. The organization serves more than 2.2 million youths.

Many Christian families have backed away from Boy Scouts in recent years as the organization shifted to accommodate the changing cultural climate. Other scouting organizations with biblical values emerged, including Trail Life USA.

“Our culture is rife with confusing messages about human sexuality that are contrary to what we know the Bible says,” says Mark Hancock, CEO of Trail Life. “Although in a fallen world it’s impossible to guarantee the safety of our children, Trail Life USA is doing what it can to make clear statements on purity, sin, and gender roles, as well as provide regular criminal background checks and child safety and youth protection training to all of our adult members. Our 1-2-3 Child Protection Policy means no one-on-one contact between an adult and child, 2-deep adult leadership in every setting, and buddy systems of 3 or more boys. We also require any incidents be immediately reported to authorities and manage none of those in-house.

“Christian families need to take care to place their children only in programs that are clear in their stand on biblical sexual purity and gender roles, vigilant in their efforts to keep kids safe, and rigorous in the management of any actual or suspected violations,” Hancock says.

In 2017, when the Boy Scouts announced girls who identified as boys would be allowed in, Christian organizations like Trail Life USA doubled down on their biblical values.

“It’s the beginning of the end of what the Boy Scouts used to mean,” John Stemberger, chairman of the board for Trail Life USAsaid at the time. “It’s really a sad move.”

Other Christian leaders have tracked the Boy Scouts with heartache at the organization’s downfall.

“As we’ve all watched the caving and compromise within this wonderful organization, many of us warned of what would happen as well as withdrew our sons and grandsons from involvement,” says cultural commentator Larry Tomczak. 

“We recall the over 100-year oath boys took and worked with dads and leaders to uphold, especially to remain morally clean: ‘On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.’

“Disregarding God’s design for marriage and sexuality has brought tragic consequences. Thank God responsible men founded Trail Life USA, the Christian Boy Scout alternative that I encourage all to support now more than ever,” Tomczak says.

Ken Harrison, CEO and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers, said: “Men are commanded by God to nourish and cherish their wives and children, to lay down their lives for them, to love them even as Christ loved the church. Instead, these scout leaders did just the opposite–using children for their own sexual gratification. But it’s not just for the Scouts to dramatically increase its vigilance, we need Christian men everywhere to commit themselves to building strong marriages and families through love, protection and biblical values.”

There’s a surprising connection between humility and courage

April 5, 2019By Ken HarrisonRise of the Servant Kings, Values
This article appeared on Fox News.

The Bible is filled with stories of immense bravery: Moses leading millions of people into the desert with no water or food; David fighting Goliath; Gideon; Jeremiah; Esther; Abraham. The apostle Paul’s life is one long saga of bravery and suffering. And at the core of courage is humility. Humility was the mark of each of these heroes’ lives. There were some falters, especially with Abraham, but courage marked by humility was the overarching quality that each possessed.

Courage isn’t something conjured up at the moment that it is needed. It is the expression of your character at a moment of testing. Courage is the sum of all your virtues expressed at a single moment in time. The person you have been, your secret thoughts, the skeletons in your closet, and a lifetime of training suddenly spill out. Would you run into a burning building to save a child with a crowd watching? What if no one is looking? What if you are rescuing an old man instead of a child? What if it is your enemy?

Near one of San Diego’s best surfing spots, Solana Beach, a sixty-six-year-old man was training for a triathlon. He was just off Fletcher Cove and in a line with several swimmers when he exploded from the water, both legs in the mouth of a twelve-to-seventeen-foot great white shark. The man emerged long enough to scream that he was being attacked before being dragged under again. Despite the obvious danger, two swimmers in front of the man turned and swam back to him, into the growing cloud of blood where a monstrous shark lurked, and pulled the man through the surf 150 yards to shore. Sadly, he died a few minutes later.

Courage is the expression of someone who sees something more valuable than herself.

Courage defends a victim by standing up to the bully, even though he’s bigger.

Courage says grace aloud in a restaurant.

Courage witnesses to a stranger. A lack of humility says, “I don’t want to ask that woman if she knows Jesus. I might look stupid.” This is an attitude that values self more than another person’s soul.

“Hang on. That’s not fair! I don’t really know how to share my faith,” you might object. Then care enough to learn. Put down your pride and pick up a book by Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share. He’ll teach you how.

Countless times I have seen my wife walk up to a stranger and say something brief and watched while the woman crumbles in tears. Elliette prays beside her for a long while, and then the woman hugs her tightly. I used to ask Elliette, “What was that all about?” “God just told me to go ask that woman if I could pray with her,” she’d answer. “I hate it when He does that. I’m always terrified that I’ll look stupid.” Yet she obeys and lives are changed.

Courage isn’t a lack of fear. It’s being terrified and obeying anyway. Here we see why humility is the foundation of courage. True courage flows out of concern for others without regard to the risk to oneself.

Judging Courage

“The spiritual person, however, can evaluate everything, yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone” (1 Corinthians 2:15, HCSB). Many Bible translations use the word judge where the word evaluate is used in this scripture. The English language has two meanings for the word judge: one is “evaluate”; the other is “condemn.” People who don’t follow Christ love to quote Jesus saying that we are not to judge (Matthew 7:1, HCSB). Jesus means not to condemn. He isn’t telling a godly person not to evaluate or discern.

How do we evaluate or judge true courage? Courage is an outward expression, but its true motivation is inward, and we can’t observe that. As an example, let’s take two platoon commanders in the same battle. Both charge a machine-gun nest, brave the bullets, and save their men. Each gets a medal for his actions.

The first man saw that the guns would soon mow down his men. He was drafted into the war; he didn’t volunteer. He comes from a broken home with no father to teach him honor in battle. Terrified and without thinking, he charges to save his men’s lives. He captures the guns, and his men live.

The second man is also terrified. He comes from a decorated military family. He joined the military because that’s what all the men in his family do. He looks around for escape and sees none. He doesn’t care about his men but is terrified to be branded as a coward. He’d never be able to look members of his family in the eye again. Seeing no way out of his predicament, he charges and his men are saved.

Are these men the same? We don’t see their hearts; we see their actions. They each earned the military reward that is given by mere men, but God knows who they are on the inside, why they did what they did. “I, Yahweh, examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve” (Jeremiah 17:10, HCSB).

One man says grace in a restaurant with meekness and humility out of pure gratitude to God, who gave him the meal. Another says grace to impress the people around him with how religious he is. He smacks of religious pride. Both have completed the same action, but one said grace in humility and the other in pride.

So how do we properly judge courage? We judge it only in ourselves. We can judge—evaluate—others only by their actions, because we can’t truly know their motivations. And this is where the man of God must dwell—at a point of constant self-examination:

Why did I say that? Why did I react that way?

Guard your heart and your integrity. Courage, or lack of it, is a window that reveals your level of humility, which makes it a primary signpost on your walk with Christ . . . and on your journey to becoming one of God’s servant kings.

Excerpted from RISE OF THE SERVANT KINGS: WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT BEING A MAN. Copyright © 2019 by Ken Harrison. Published by Multnomah, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man is available now on pre-order through AmazonBarnes & NobleChristianbookPowell’sBAM!Hudson BooksellersIndieBoundWalmart, and Mardel. The book launches May 7th and will be available everywhere books are sold.

Ken Harrison is the president and chairman of Promise Keepers. Ken’s mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.

This article appeared in the April Issue of Solutions Magazine and in Fox News.

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Pastor Todd Wagner Is Joining Promise Keepers Board of Directors

April 2, 2019By Ken HarrisonBoard

“The Scriptures exhort us to ‘act like men’ (1 Cor 16:13) … That’s why Promise Keepers is so needed today: calling men to God’s standard, convening them in mass gatherings, and commissioning them to be changemakers in their families, communities and local churches. That is why I’m so glad to stand with them.” — Todd Wagner

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ken Harrison, CEO and chairman of Promise Keepers, announced Monday that Todd Wagner, founding pastor of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, is joining the board of directors. Promise Keepers, founded in 1990 by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney, was one of the largest Christ-centered movements ever. Today, Promise Keepers is calling men back to courageous and bold servant-leadership by sparking a movement that will mobilize millions of men to follow Christ into today’s broken world as changemakers for their families, churches and communities.

Todd Wagner and a small group of friends established Watermark Community Church in Dallas in November 1999. Watermark was born out of a desire to connect people with the richness, adventure, and fullness of life that comes through Christ alone and to reach the unchurched, de-churched, dead-churched and unmoved. Todd serves as senior pastor and elder at Watermark, which has become one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in the United States. Watermark is also home to the Church Leaders Conference, which exists to encourage and challenge other leaders and faith communities with God’s vision for His Church.

He has been a keynote speaker at national and international leadership conferences, a guest contributor to The Dallas Morning News and other national media outlets, and is the author of Come and See: Everything You Ever Wanted in the One Place You Would Never Look. His weekly video podcast, “Real Truth Real Quick” reaches tens of thousands of people each month. 

Ken Harrison, CEO and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers, said, 

“Todd Wagner is an inspirational leader and a man’s man, marked by an unswerving commitment to studying, living and proclaiming the Word of God. As Todd has written, the Bible is ‘Tried. Tested. Trustworthy. Proven. Truth I have experienced and Truth I am experiencing.’ Todd is a consummate family man, active and present in the lives of his six children, coaching their games and taking them to school. In this day of confusion about what it means to be a real man, and overwhelm as the busyness of our schedules and the demands of our lives leaves us strangers to our wives and children, Todd reminds us the Scriptures point us to a different, higher, life-giving standard.”

Todd Wagner said, 

“Men today need to step up, speak out, stand strong, stay humble and serve King Jesus. As a father to three girls and three boys, I have been given the great privilege of helping my children sail toward the right harbor of Christlikeness and the responsibility of helping them know the right winds that will take them there. The Scriptures exhort us to ‘act like men’ (1 Cor. 16:13), yet when you ask many men today what it is to be a godly man, they cannot give you a biblically based answer (much less model a biblically informed life). That’s why Promise Keepers is so strategic today: calling men to God’s standard, convening them in mass gatherings, and commissioning them to be changemakers in their families, communities and local churches. That is why I’m so glad to stand with them.”