The Los Angeles Times has recently uncovered a seedy practice going on at the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). According to their investigation, in a time span of over 2 decades, BSA officials knowingly did not report incidents of alleged child molesting to police and often hid the allegations from parents as well as the public.
1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign — and helped many cover their tracks. Volunteers and employees suspected of abuse were allowed to leave citing bogus reasons such as business demands, “chronic brain dysfunction” and duties at a Shakespeare festival.
It also cited two examples of the abuse coverup:
In 1976, five Boy Scouts wrote detailed complaints accusing a Pennsylvania scoutmaster of two rapes and other sex crimes, according to his file. He abruptly resigned in writing, saying he had to travel more for work. “Good luck to you in your new position,” a top troop representative wrote back. He said he was accepting the resignation “with extreme regret.” A Maryland leader, who in 1990 “readily agreed” that abuse allegations against him were true, was given six weeks to resign and told he could give “his associates whatever reason that he chose,” his file shows. “This gave him an opportunity to withdraw from Scouting in a graceful manner to be determined by him,” an official wrote. “We also reminded [him] that he had agreed to keep the whole matter confidential and we would not talk to anyone in order to give [him] complete ability to voluntarily withdraw.
The protected files, appropriately known as the “perversion files”, contains the names of 1,600 “ineligible volunteer” files from 1970 to 1991. Although these people were supposedly blacklisted, some of them managed to slip back into BSA and continued to molest young boys. In response to this report the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), has now demanded that BSA oust any official still with the organization who was involved in covering up child sex crimes. “Here’s the next step in the Boy Scouts child sex abuse and cover up scandal: Every Scout official who knew of or suspected or concealed these heinous crimes should be ousted and, if possible, prosecuted for failure to report possible child sex crimes to law enforcement,” SNAP Director David Clohessy said.