The Boy Scouts of America has long been a household name, long revered for its standards of morality and teaching children valuable skills. However, reviews of secret BSA files reveal that the Scouts allegedly hid massive numbers of child sex abuse cases from the public for nearly a century. If you or a loved one were sexually victimized as a minor by a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, you do not have to suffer in silence. Changes in sexual abuse laws may mean you can hold the BSA accountable for their crimes against you. According to allegations, innocent children were knowingly exposed to sexual predators by the Boy Scouts of America. R eports state the Boy Scouts kept thousands of secret files on child sexual abuse cases hidden from the public for decades.
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Since its founding in , the Boy Scouts of America has kept thousands of secret files documenting sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts. These files, known as the "Perversion Files", hold the names of alleged sexual predators in the Boy Scouts of America going all the way back to The Perversion Files were held from the public for decades, the BSA refusing to disclose their secret blacklist to the public. However, investigators finally got to review some of these files in After reviewing over 1, confidential BSA files from to , investigators indicated that Scouting officials often silenced sexual abuse cases by asking sexual predators to quietly resign instead of reporting them to local authorities. In many of these cases, molesters in the Boy Scouts of America were not reported to the police.
By skeptic , November 1, in Open Discussion - Program. A comment in another thread and board regarding youth and adults feeling uncomfortable in a more public area made me think about my own experience as a youth. At that time, we did not have separate areas for adult men and youth in public changing areas or restrooms and so on. In high school we did not have JH gyms we changed and showered in communal areas, though the coaches did have their own office area with shower. My brother and I have talked about this once or twice, and cannot remember being particularly traumatized by any of the standards, or lack of, of the times.
The thousands of men expelled from the Boy Scouts of America on suspicion of molesting children came from all walks of life — teachers and plumbers, doctors and bus drivers, politicians and policemen. They ranged in age from teens to senior citizens and came from troops in every state. As the Scouts long have said, the files suggest no single profile of a predator. In hundreds of cases, Scout leaders allowed the boys to drive cars, drink alcohol or look at pornography. They gradually tested physical boundaries during skinny dipping, group showers, sleepovers and one-on-one activities.