Move Over Catholic Pedophile Priests — For Boy Scout Leaders
In the Seattle Times‘ article Brothers force Scouts to reveal scope of abuse, two adults who were abused as children by a Boy Scout Leader obtained from the Boy Scouts its entire archive on sexually abusive Scout leaders.
The numbers (emphasis added):
…the Boy Scouts have ejected at least 5,100 adult leaders nationwide for sexual abuse allegations since 1946. And the files reveal that despite efforts to keep potential abusers from joining, the problems persist: In the past 15 years alone, the organization has kicked out leaders for such allegations at a rate of once every other day.
The 45 boxes of files are not public because of a strict court order that prohibits the Stewarts and their lawyers from disclosing specific cases. But a statistical summary of the files, provided by the Stewarts’ attorneys, shows the problem is larger than previously known.
But here is the really disconcerting part:
The secrecy of the files has also meant that the Boy Scouts have kept them from their own sex-abuse advisers, a group of respected experts first convened in the late 1980s to help craft a youth-protection program.
During the past 15 years, the group repeatedly suggested that the Boy Scouts study the files to see whether their prevention measures were working, said one adviser, David Finkelhor, who heads the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. But the Scouts’ lawyers rebuffed the recommendation, Finkelhor said.
Pretty damn scary bit of info, if you ask me. It’s reminiscent of how the Catholic Church has handled their priest abuse scandals.
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