The SCA Media Relations Officer has issued an official statement concerning the recent police allegations that a man in the northwestern U.S. used simulated medieval weapons to abuse his daughter.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Scott Farrell
Position of The Society For Creative Anachronism Regarding Charges of Child Endangerment Against Mr. Fremon Seay
Oct. 18, 2011 – For Immediate Release
Several recent news stories indicate that police in the Thurston County (WA) area are investigating Mr. Fremon Seay and Ms. Julie Seay for abusive behavior toward their daughter. The alleged abuse involved medieval-style armor and a wooden baton, similar to the equipment used in the competitive martial arts activities put on by the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc. The SCA is a recreational historical re-enactment group with more than 30,000 members worldwide. According to the SCA’s registry office, Mr. Seay is not a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism; his membership lapsed in 1995 and has not been renewed since that date. A formal safety authorization card is required in order to take part in any of the SCA’s armored competition activities, and renewal of these authorizations is required on a periodic basis. According to the SCA’s martial-arts safety officer, Mr. Seay’s safety authorization expired in 2005 and has not been renewed. Armored competition with wooden baton “swords” is expressly forbidden outside of official SCA events and activities, as per the SCA’s governing documents. The SCA does not allow or condone any illegal or abusive activity, and the group makes every effort to ensure the safety of all attendees at its events. Minors attending SCA events must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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