Boy Scout President Jim Turley: Speak Out Against Discrimination and Harassment of Girls
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I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law. On February 1, 2019 - 478 days after the announcement that the BSA would soon allow girls to join - I was finally permitted to become an official member of the new Scouts BSA. I have done all the work to earn the highest rank - Eagle Scout. Sadly, the BSA leaders - Jim Turley and Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh - continue to promote policies of gender discrimination against girls by refusing to even consider girls for the rank of Eagle Scout until October 2020 - 3 years after announcing girls will soon be welcomed as full members. We are not yet full members! Why, Mr. Turley and Mr. Surbaugh, are you continuing these discriminatory policies? Do male scouts have to wait until October of 2020 to earn the Eagle Rank?
President Turley and Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, please join me in speaking out against gender discrimination and harassment in scouting.
It looks like the BSA is retaliating against me for speaking out against discrimination and harassment? Why did it take the BSA eight months to revoke the membership of an honor society, Order of the Arrow, adult leader, CYBERHARASSER? The failure to immediately address potentially dangerous Youth Protection issues caused my family a great deal of stress. Why not immediately remove a cyberharasser? Is it because he was well-liked male leader? I am committed to building the new Scouts BSA but we need your vocal support to be free from discrimination and harassment, particularly by an adult leader.
The Boy Scouts say they are ready to welcome girls and young women but they continue to discriminate against us.
When I first met with the Boy Scout Chief Scout Executive Surbaugh, he encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges. Mr. Surbaugh even said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout.* I did the work. I earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement. I completed my Eagle Project. I was even elected Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop. I should not have to wait until October 2020 to be awarded the Eagle Rank I have already earned.
This past October, BSA President Jim Turley told me that my work, and the work of hundreds of other young women, will not count. Are male Scouts required to repeat work on Rank and Merit Badges?
Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA to do the right thing and accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley. Please end the discrimination and retaliation against young women - NOW.
If the new Scouts BSA intends to welcome girls, there can be no tolerance for Harassment and Bullying of young women.
Mr. Turley, we deserve a safe program, free from harassment. We have to know that if we file a complaint it will be investigated and taken seriously. Please work with me to end discrimination and to speak out against harassment at the BSA.
Send an email to President Turley and Chief Scout Surbaugh, respectfully telling them that girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges as boys and to speak out against harassment. Please send to all email addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
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*There already are female Eagle Scouts.
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