Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files' Go Online
You can search the database of 1,250 Scout leaders accused of abuse
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2012 10:15 AM CDT
Updated Oct 18, 2012 3:20 PM CDT
In this June 14, 2012, file photo, attorney Kelly Clark speaks in front of former court case illustrations and boxes full of records from the Boy Scouts of America in Portland, Ore.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

(Newser) – An Oregon lawyer has released 15,000 pages of the so-called "perversion files," documents that recount child abuse within the Boy Scouts, reports the Seattle Times. "The stories in those files are real little boys and real stories of abuse," says attorney Kelly Clark, who opened a searchable database that includes the names of 1,250 accused Scout volunteers, as well as a brief description of their cases. It can be accessed here (but expect delays, at least today). He hopes that the database, which covers cases between 1965 and 1985, will help some victims discover if their abuser was caught. Clark himself sees lessons, and patterns: "If you see the same thing happening year in, year out, you can't just sit there and make a list. If your program isn't working, you make changes."

Two other lawyers in the state were set to make public their own files as well. Updated files from recent years are still sealed, but courts in other states are fighting to make those public soon. Clark's files illuminate a different era, before strict protocol on the reporting of sexual abuse had been developed within the Scouts. "They held their nose, closed their eyes, and made these guys go away—sometimes reporting to police, sometimes not, sometimes telling the parents, sometimes not," said one journalist who has reviewed the files. Click to read the full Times piece, which outlines some of the disturbing cases.

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Oct 20, 2012 10:14 AM CDT
why is it that it is only abhorrent if it's guys that do it! If the girls do it - it's ok...??? The whole thing is stupid anyway. Like nothing goes on in private boys' schools??? Don't kid yourself! All the time! It has been going on in all of our services for years. It's just never talked about. What else are they going to do on a submarine!!! And all those boys on the aircraft carrier!!! Puleeze!!! It's the naive and the bluenoses that make a stink about it...
Oct 19, 2012 4:43 PM CDT
and what are the gal scouts upto these dazys! speak up gals the world wants to know!
Oct 18, 2012 11:49 PM CDT
I hope all those homos will get investigated, arrested and charged with the crimes they committed. Pulling these degenerates from the streets will help a little. And hopefully Big Bubba will be happy to meet these f@ggots in prison for the rest of their lives...