Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 81,000

first_imgTerry McKiernan, the president of BishopAccountability.org, a watchdog group that tracks abuse in the Catholic Church, said more than 9,000 victims had come forward over the years, although he believed that number represented only a small fraction of those who suffered abuse in the church.Frank Spinelli was 11 years old on Staten Island when he joined the Boy Scouts in 1978. He said his scoutmaster, a police officer named Bill Fox, began to groom him, taking him out for ice cream, pressing to have Mr. Spinelli sleep at his home and turning their conversations toward sex. It ultimately led to three years of sexual abuse, Mr. Spinelli said. But even in the organization’s early years, abuse files maintained at the Boy Scouts headquarters detailed troubles. In 1935, the organization described having files on hundreds of “degenerates” who had served as scout leaders, according to a New York Times article from the time.Lawyers, including Mr. Mones, later pressed to release some of those files in a case in Oregon, where a 2010 jury verdict held the Scouts liable for $18.5 million in punitive damages. The Oregon Supreme Court later ordered that the case records be made public.Although many of the abuse cases occurred in decades past, some states in recent years have passed laws giving older victims a chance to pursue accountability in the courts. That includes New York, which approved a one-year window that opened last year, prompting a stream of new lawsuits with defendants from organizations such as schools, the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts.- Advertisement – From an early age, young scouts learn about obedience and loyalty, reciting an oath to stay “morally straight.” The organization has said that some 130 million Americans have gone through its programs over the years, including the likes of John F. Kennedy, the astronaut Neil Armstrong, the Civil Rights icon Ernest Green and the film director Steven Spielberg.While the Boy Scouts count some 2.2 million current members, those numbers have been on the decline from a peak of around five million in the 1970s. In 2017, the organization expanded to allow girls to participate, although that effort has frayed relationships with the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Arsenal? Chelsea? Spurs? John Barnes names the ‘best club’ for Philippe Coutinho to join

first_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal? Chelsea? Spurs? John Barnes names the ‘best club’ for Philippe Coutinho to join Barnes thinks Coutinho should move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t think Tottenham would be interested, as I don’t know if the way that José Mourinho likes to play will suit him, as he likes the ball and having a lot of possession, whereas Mourinho doesn’t necessarily play that way. ‘Arsenal could be the best club with the style of football they play.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Chelsea could be another good match, because of the way Frank Lampard sets up his team, so with that in mind, Arsenal or Chelsea would be the best solution for him.  ‘I don’t think he will go to Manchester City to be honest. Pep Guardiola would be able to get the best out of him but there are often times that he has been in a successful team already, and he hasn’t been able to show off as much as he would like.’Would Arsenal be the best fit for Philippe Coutinho?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Coutinho is set for a return to the Premier League (Picture: Getty)John Barnes believes Arsenal would be the ‘best club’ for Philippe Coutinho to join this summer, while he also thinks Chelsea would be a ‘good match’.However, he warned the Brazilian against a move to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.Coutinho is free to leave Barcelona this summer after Bayern Munich decided against signing him on permanent basis and has a host of suitors across Europe. The former Liverpool playmaker is thought to be open to a return to the Premier League, but it’s unlikely to be with his former club.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal are thought to be among the favourites to land Coutinho – who scored twice in the Champions League quarter-finals against current club Barcelona – and Barnes suspects that would be the best move for him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It is an exciting watch with what is going to happen with Philippe Coutinho this summer, they are many teams that are wanting to sign him,’ Barnes told BonusCodeBets ahead of Bayern’s semi-final clash with Lyon. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 19 Aug 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisementlast_img read more