Boy Scouts Hid Child Molesters: 'Perversion Files'
400 reviewed cases weren't reported to police
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2012 9:13 AM CDT
In this June 14, 2012 file photo, boxes full of records from the Boy Scouts of America are seen next to the Boy Scout oath at an attorney's office in Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

(Newser) – Details from the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files"—a decades-old blacklist of child abusers within the organization—are continuing to emerge, and the results aren't pretty. The group helped cover up instances of abuse, as suspects left the Boy Scouts with excuses ranging from "chronic brain dysfunction" to Shakespeare festival work, the Los Angeles Times reports. In some 500 cases, the organization was tipped off to the abuse before it was reported to outside officials. And in 80% of those instances, the group didn't report the matter to police.

In one case, for example, a camp director wrote to the top Boy Scout lawyer noting a "lifelong pattern" of abuse in a staffer. "When a problem has surfaced, he has been asked to leave a position 'of his own free will' rather than risk further investigation," the letter said. Many of the files contained a checkbox saying, "Internal (only scouts know)." The scouts say they were aiming to protect victims' privacy; since 2010, the organization has required any suspicion of abuse to be reported to officials. But the group has taken little responsibility for past troubles—and extensive legal consequences could ensue, the Times notes.

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Sep 17, 2012 5:13 PM CDT
This policy of shooing away abusers without reporting them has a long history in many organizations. It was really standard process until sometime in the nineties. The head of the organizations did this for "the good of the organization" because they are afraid of bad press. When I was doing my clinical internship in the early eighties, one of my supervisors was groping several of my young male patients, while trying to make it look like an "accident" or part of the treatment regimen. After it was established that this was indeed happening, they kicked the clinical supervisor out of the school. I am sure they also made the matter known to the State Board of Healing Arts. However, this abuser, who was also a fundy minister, was free to go to another state and practice, as he was free to continue his work with his congregation.
Sep 17, 2012 4:21 PM CDT
the boy scouts had a pope?
Sep 17, 2012 2:32 PM CDT
Classify the Boy Scouts as a Catholic Church outreach program and it will all be OK Intense deep sarcasm intended for the reading impaired