Boy Scouts Protect Molesters
The Boy Scouts of America, as a matter of principle, being based on ethics and moral values, do not allow openly gay/bisexual members into their private organization. And apparently, according to an exhaustive , investigative report by The Los Angeles Times, those same principles and values, have permitted them to keep, known child molesters and rapist, protected and undisclosed amongst them. All this according to a report just out that shows secret files kept by the Scouts called, ‘perversion files’. A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations.
Anyone remember the Catholic Church?? Penn State?? Is this starting to sound familiar to anyone else??
A massive cover-up that, once again will have us all ask ’How can this happen?!” And once again, our collective shock and disgust will keep our attention as long as it takes for someone to be punished (hopefully) and we can all go back to feeling safe and comfortably numb again.
But what have we learned and what will change for the next victims? And trust, there will be more. More in churches and colleges and organizations both private and public. And lest we forget, most of child sexual abuse is happening right at home. Incest is not something families want exposed. This has to change. Join the Stop Abuse Campaign to learn how. Take the pledge to stop abuse today. www.stopabusecampaign.org
Report: Boy Scout files reveal repeat child abuse
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators.
A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations.
Predators moved from troop to troop because of clerical errors, computer glitches or the Scouts’ failure to check the blacklist, known as the “perversion files,” the newspaper said.
In at least 50 cases, the Scouts expelled suspected abusers, only to discover they had re-entered the organization and were accused of molesting again.
In other cases, officials failed to document reports of abuse in the first place, letting offenders stay in the program until new allegations came to light, the Times reported.
One scoutmaster was expelled in 1970 for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in Indiana. After being convicted of the crime, he went on to join two troops in Illinois between 1971 and 1988. He later admitted to molesting more than 100 boys, was convicted of the sexual assault of a Scout in 1989 and was sentenced to 100 years in prison, according to his file and court records.
In 1991, a Scout leader convicted of abusing a boy in Minnesota returned to his old troop shortly after getting out of jail.
In response to the Times’ findings, the Scouts issued a statement that said in part:
“The Boy Scouts of America believes even a single instance of abuse is unacceptable, and we regret there have been times when the BSA’s best efforts to protect children were insufficient. For that we are very sorry and extend our deepest sympathies to victims … We are committed to the ongoing enhancement of our program, in line with evolving best practices for protecting youth.”
The “perversion files” naming suspected child molesters include admissions of guilt as well as unproven allegations. They are used to vet applicants for volunteer and paid positions. The confidential documents have come to light in recent years in lawsuits by former Scouts, accusing the group of failing to detect abuses, exclude known pedophiles or turn in offenders to authorities.
Scouting officials say they’ve used the files to prevent hundreds of men who had been expelled for alleged sexual abuse from returning to the organization. The Boy Scouts have fought in court to keep the records from public view, saying confidentiality was needed to protect victims, witnesses and anyone falsely accused.
Many of the files will soon be made public as a result of an Oregon Supreme Courtdecision. The Associated Press, the New York Times, , the Oregonian and other media outlets petitioned for the release of 1,247 files from 1965 to 1984 that had been admitted as sealed evidence in a 2010 lawsuit.
The Times analyzed a set of files that were submitted in a California court case in 1992. Their contents vary but often include biographical information on the accused, witness statements, police reports, parent complaints, news clippings, and correspondence between local Boy Scout officials and national headquarters, according to the newspaper.