In sex abuse cases, Boy Scouts forgo transparency
For decade upon decade, secrets of alleged sexual abuse have been collecting dust in the Boy Scouts of America’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, and in state and regional offices across the nation. And the Scouts are fighting hard to keep them locked away.
Former Scouts in Georgia and other states, many of them now middle-aged, allege the national organization’s refusal to make public what have become known as the “perversion files” helped fail to prevent the sexual abuse they say they suffered as boys and teens at the hands of their scoutmasters.
The accusers’ claim of a conspiracy of silence is the crux of a lawsuit filed last week against a former Athens scoutmaster who allegedly molested a dozen or more Scouts and other boys between the 1950s and 1970s. It’s the latest in a series of such lawsuits filed against former Georgia scoutmasters.
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