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More than 1,200 files on suspected molesters in the Boy Scouts of America were made public Thursday, lifting the veil on decades of alleged abuse in one of the nation’s oldest youth organizations.
Times investigative reporter Jason Felch and producer Ken Schwencke discussed the story and The Times database produced from the files in a Google+ Hangout this afternoon.
The court-ordered release of the files offers a detailed view of how the Scouts handled suspected molestations from the early 1960s through 1985.
FULL COVERAGE: Inside the 'perversion files'
Suspected abusers from all over the country are named in the files — many of them never reported to police or charged with a crime. Doctors, lawyers, politicians and policemen are among the accused and many are about to face public exposure for the first time.
“The secrets are out,” said Kelly Clark, one of the plaintiff’s lawyers in an Oregon lawsuit that resulted in a nearly $20-million judgment against the Scouts in 2010. “Child abuse thrives in secrecy, and secret systems are where it breeds.”
Clark’s office made the confidential files public — minus the names of victims and others who reported suspected abuse — after the Oregon Supreme Court ordered their release in June at the request of news organizations including the Oregonian, Oregon Public Broadcasting, the New York Times and the Associated Press. Kept by the Boy Scouts for nearly 100 years, the files were intended for internal use to bar suspected molesters from rejoining the organization.
The Los Angeles Times over the last several months analyzed a larger and slightly more recent batch of files —1,900 cases opened on suspected child abusers from 1970 to 1991. In hundreds of cases, the newspaper found, the Scouts failed to report abuse to authorities and many times covered up allegations to protect the organization’s reputation. The Times also found that dozens of men who were expelled on suspicion of sexual abuse managed to reenter the organization only to face new allegations.
The Times is incorporating the files released Thursday into its own online database -- http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/boyscouts-cases/ -- which contains information on nearly 5,000 such cases spanning 1947 to January 2005. The database offers a complete record of files opened during that period except for an unknown number of files that have been purged by the Scouts over the years. More than 300 cases involve someone with ties to a troop or unit in California.BEWARE OF THE CLERGY & SCOUT MASTERS
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People have been fighting against the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay reputation and discriminatory approaches for decades. Jennifer Tyrrell, who was removed as her son's Cub Scout pack den leader because she is gay, has been teaming with GLAAD to complete a Change.org petition to end the ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Below is a timeline of events related to the Boy Scouts of America's policy toward homosexuals, from a job refusal more than 30 years ago to the current status of Tyrrell's petition.People have been fighting against the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay reputation... more
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The woefully out of touch writers of Scouting Magazine, the official magazine of Boy Scouts of America, suggest that parents only listen to CDs they buy from stores because when you listen to legal MP3s you risk confusing the boy scouts.
Here's the full quote:
So how can Scouters teach ethical behavior related to music downloading? One way: Set a good example. When you haul around Scouts in your car, for example, only play CDs that you've purchased. If you play CDs that you've burned-even if they're legal-your Scouts may not recognize the difference between those and the pirated CDs friends have given them.
and another doozy:
Part of the problem, Aretz says, lies in the Internet's free-for-all nature, where users get all sorts of content free-even information from newspapers that they would have to pay for in the real world. Bands like Radiohead have further complicated the situation by giving their music away or offering it on a "pay what you want" basis.
It's like the people who are in charge are placing their own confusion on the kids.The woefully out of touch writers of Scouting Magazine, the official magazine of Boy... more
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 ? For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of America held its ground. It resisted the city?s request to change its discriminatory policy toward gay people despite threats that if it did not do so, the city would evict the group from a municipal building where the Scouts have resided practically rent free since 1928.
Hailed as the birthplace of the Boy Scouts, the Beaux Arts building is the seat of the seventh-largest chapter of the organization and the first of the more than 300 council service centers built by the Scouts around the country over the past century. PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 ? For three years the Philadelphia council of the Boy Scouts of... more