The Boy Scouts of America expresses our deepest apologies to any person who has been the victim of sexual abuse through their involvement in Scouting. We are profoundly saddened that individuals felt they could use their position in Scouting to harm youth. The Scout promise to be trustworthy has been dishonored by such violations.
Knowing that the effects of childhood sexual abuse can have an enduring impact into adulthood, we want to reach out with support and care to those who are struggling with past abuse. We are grateful to all who have had the courage to report abuse, and we recognize the strength that was needed to do so. Although this is a difficult step, we encourage others to contact us as well.
Online support from 1in6.org
Boy Scouts of America’s partnership with 1in6 helps men who suffered abuse while in Scouting to access vital support when and how they need it, anonymously and at no cost to the user:
Web-Based 24×7 Helpline Chat
The 1in6 Web-Based 24/7 Helpline Chat is a service provided free of charge to male survivors of sexual abuse or assault and those who care about them. The Helpline Chat is staffed by advocates, specially trained to work with male survivors, and provide support, resource, and referral services to survivors.
Clinically Facilitated Online Support Groups
1in6 online support groups allow individuals searching for help to chat in real-time, anonymously, and in small, directed groups. Multiple groups are offered on a scheduled weekly basis for men who have experienced sexual abuse and assault. The 1in6 online support group protocol was developed in partnership with leading clinicians widely recognized for working with male survivors of sexual abuse and assault.
All services provided by 1in6 are anonymous and do not require survivors to share their names or any other identifying information. Information shared through these services is kept strictly confidential by 1in6.
Unlimited professional counseling
The Boy Scouts of America funds in-person counseling for any current or former Scout or member of their family, by a provider of their choice, when they are ready to take that step. To access these services, either call the BSA help line toll free at 1-855-295-1531 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.