Sexual Abuse victims are not alone and they have rights, if and when they are ready to pursue them. At Farmer Jaffe Weissing, we want to empower victims to come forward, report crimes and hold perpetrators accountable; thereby educating the community and inspiring others to do the same.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Their mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The BSA reports that more than 150 million young men have been scouts.
However, the wholesome image and reputation of the BSA has been permanently tarnished due to thousands of cases of sexual abuse. With more than 100 years in existence, the Boy Scouts of America organization and leadership have been ignoring the problem for decades allowing sexual predators, pedophiles and scoutmasters to prey upon minor boys who only aspired to be ethical and responsible boy scouts.
While the Boy Scouts of America has implemented youth protection programs, policies were not unenforced or the organization knew about the abuses and actively tried to conceal the institutional problem of the sexual abuse of minors by their scoutmasters.
The Oregon Supreme Court, in June 2012, ordered the Boy Scouts to release more than 1,247 confidential files used in a 2010 molestation case. These files identified “ineligible volunteers - those who lacked Scouting’s moral standards. They also had files dubbed “perversion files” which identified individuals involved in allegations of child sexual abuse. These lists have been around since before 1975.
A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files dating from 1970 to 1991 found more than 125 cases across the country in which men allegedly continued to molest Scouts after the organization was first presented with detailed allegations of abusive behavior. Their review found:
Potentially hundreds of thousands and possibly more young boys have been sexually abused and sexually assaulted by their Scout leaders and adult volunteers during camping trips, sleepovers, visits to scout leaders’ homes, and other scouting events. The abusers prey on children and abuse their trust. Parents need to be vigilant when they give unrestricted access to their children.
Here is the LA Times release of the Boy Scout Perversion Files Database: http://spreadsheets.latimes.com/boyscouts-cases/, For additional and timely Boy Scouts of America news coverage, click here. You can also view our blog coverage of Boy Scout abuse or read our Press Release.
If you or a loved one was sexually abused, raped or sexually molested, by a Boy Scout scoutmaster, Girl Scout leader, Boys' & Girls' Club leader, Camp Fire leader, Frontier Girls leader, or any youth serving organization leader, contact our sexual abuse / victim’s rights attorneys to discuss your legal rights.