A woman alleging abuse by one of her troop leaders in the 1980s detailed the ordeal in a lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases using a “look back window” for making civil claims against abusers. (August 6)
ALICE WEISS-RUSSELL: This all occurred from the age of 11 to 15 in the basement of the church where the Girl Scout meetings were held. My male Girl Scout leader would pull me out of the meetings down the hall to the bathroom and sexually assault me. There was one time where somebody saw him and I coming out of the bathroom together. And they did let his wife, who was the other Girl Scout leader, know that they saw that.
So I thought, as a child, I was like, oh, great, you know, this is going to be told now. And it's going to end. That's not what happened. She didn't do anything about it.
JENNIFER FREEMAN: This was a violation of the Girl Scout policy, which was to prohibit related troop leaders. A husband and wife were completely improper to have as troop leaders together for the very reason we faced here, which is that, if there was a problem, the spouse is not likely to report it.
ALICE WEISS-RUSSELL: I am so grateful for the Child Victims Act. Because I had waited so long because of fearing him for so many years. You know, by the time I did try to do something, it was told to me by the DA that, unfortunately, there was a statutory limit that came in effect, and, unfortunately, she couldn't do anything to prosecute him.
It's really big for me to get it out there to other girls that this has happened to, don't be afraid to tell somebody. Do something now.