More than 250 convicted of child sexual abuse in UK and Ireland while in Scout movement
- More than 250 people in the UK and Ireland have been convicted of child sexual abuse offences committed while they were Scout leaders or in other positions of responsibility within the Scout movement since the 1950s, according to analysis that raises questions about the organisation’s safeguarding procedures.
- For decades, the Scout movement has been promoted as offering the chance to experience adventures and gain life skills, but a review of offenders shows that for scores of children it has led to abuse at the hands of someone entrusted with their welfare.
- The 255 cases include convictions for rape, indecent assault, voyeurism and the possession, creation, and distribution of indecent images.
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