In a recent case, Boy Scouts were successfully sued by parties represnting a boy (now 37 years old) who was sexually abused in the scouts.
One of the man's attorneys, Clark, said: "Clark said the victim who filed the lawsuit was on that trip, and the trauma he suffered from the incident and the abuse by Dykes led to mental health problems, bad grades in school, drug use, anxiety, difficulty maintaining relationships and the loss of several jobs as an adult."
The Boy Scout organization was accused of sex abuse cover-up. Secret boy scout files were internally called the "perversion files. These ‘Perversion files’ have been kept secret by Boy Scouts of America due to ‘confidential information’.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35944804/ns/us_news-crime_and_courts/
The report says: "The trial is significant because the files could offer a rare window into how the Boy Scouts have responded to sex abuse by Scout leaders. "
The "perp" admitted to having abused a whole bunch of boys (at least 17). He was the assistant Scoutmaster, Timur Dykes. He had 3 previous convictions (non civil) for sex abuse. He is presently out of prison on parole.
The scout leaders (president of scouting in Oregon) in defending their organization said that it is really difficult to filter all of the potential leaders.
The scout leader blamed it on parents who "let" the boys stay over with the "leader":http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/04/...r_sex_abus.html
Patrick Boyle, an author of a book on sex abuse in the boy scouts says that the trial could erode what the boy scouts have been trying to do for a hundred years. The trial "can only erode what they have been doing for 100 years," he said.http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/03/boy_scout_executive_details_pe.html
According to this source, the Boy Scouts of America would have trouble maintaining a good "image" if this stuff were to be made public. The perversion files are kept in a locked, fire-proof safe.
According to the following news story, the perversion files consist of 20,000 pages of material on abuse in the scouts. The files cover the period of time 1965 to 1985.http://demo.cbslocal.com/national/boy.scouts.abuse.2.1607674.html
The following source states that the jury involved with the case under scrutiny here would be the first jury to "see" the files. A representative of the scouting organization says that they had 2,910 files on men who would not be fit to be scout leaders for various reasons.http://www.katu.com/news/88775902.html
The report of these matters in Yahoo News states that the BSA had long fought to keep these documents suppressed:http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20100319/twl-us-boy-scouts-sex-abuse-ef375f8.html
According to the Seattle Times, the Boy Scout organization ignored obvious warning signs about impending troublehttp://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2011392868_boyscouts20.html
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