Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Boy Scouts Scandal

By Devyn Hussey

For many years, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has covered up documents about sexual abuse among troop leaders and others. In 2012, there were 5,000 leaders and volunteers named on the BSA blacklist, known as the “perversion files.”

A researcher that worked for the BSA, to look at files from 1944-2016 testified that she identified 7,820 abusers and 12,260 victims of this crime. In the years between 1970-1992 there was more than 130 cases across the country where men abused the boys. Many predators slipped back into the BSA by falsifying personal information.

In some cases, many officials failed to document the abuse reports causing the abusers to stay in the BSA. The leaders that got caught for abuse were put on probation, but still got to work with the boys. Less than 50 cases the BSA expelled the leaders that were abusing the boys only to come to find out that they re-entered the BSA and were abusing boys again.

There was one case in 1970 that a scoutmaster in Indiana sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy. After being convicted of the crime he went on to Illinois to join another troop there and then was convicted of abusing another boy. He later admitted that he abused over 100 boys. There was another case that had a leader in Minnesota that went to jail for sexual abuse, but later on re-joined his troop after he went to jail.

The BSA are just starting to screen and do background checks on all leaders and volunteers since 2017. There has been 5 cases of sexual abuse reported in 2019. The BSA has paid over $15 million dollars to cover up sexual abuse among the BSA.

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