Boy Scouts coverup of sex abuse
Sexual abuse was covered up for years by the Catholic Church. We now know that the number of victims is astonishing. Now the spotlight is on The Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts of America has long kept an extensive archive of secret documents that chronicle the sexual abuse of young boys by Scout leaders over the years.
The "perversion files," a nickname the Boy Scouts are said to have used for the documents, have rarely been seen by the public, but that could change in the coming weeks in a Portland, Oregon, courtroom.
The attorney for a man who was allegedly molested in the 1980s by a Scout leader has obtained about 1,000 Boy Scouts sex files and is expected to release some of them at a trial that began Wednesday. The lawyer says the files show the organization has covered up abuse for decades.
The Boy Scouts amassed 1,123 "perversion" files from 1965-85.
The trial is significant because the files could offer a rare window into how the organization has responded to sex abuse by Scout leaders. The only other time the documents are thought to have been presented at a trial was in the 1980s in Virginia.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the organization over sex abuse allegations, but judges for the most part have either denied requests for the files or the lawsuits have been settled before they went to trial.
It seems obvious to me that the Scouts are a magnet for pedophiles, and I am interested in knowing where this investigation leads. Other abused victims will obviously come forward.