headline too long, got snipped
There is a related thread in the Sex and Sexuality forum (The Boy Scouts, GLBT People And Sexual Predators) but this is a news story from today. The story which started the other thread was based on an article about the papers detailing sex crimes committed by Boy Scout leaders and the resulting coverups over the years - now the documents have been released.Boy Scouts' 'perversion files' show how scoutmasters accused of molestation were shielded
PORTLAND, Ore. — Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities — police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them — quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of confidential papers shows.
At the time, those authorities justified their actions as necessary to protect the good name and good works of Scouting, a pillar of 20th-Century America. But as detailed in 14,500 pages of secret "perversion files" released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, their maneuvers allowed sexual predators to go free while victims suffered in silence.
way down in the article is the following paragraph
The rate of abuse among Scouts is the not the focus of their critics — it is, rather, their response to allegations of abuse. In the case of the files from 1965 to 1985, most salient is the complicity of local officials in concealing the abuse by Scouts leaders. ... such complicity "was simply quite a natural desire to want to be somewhat protective over" the BSA.