Five men who were allegedly abused as children are suing the Boy Scouts of America and the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) because they say both groups fraudulently presented the Boy Scouts as a safe organization for boys to participate in.
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Update: Boy Scouts, LDS Settle Nearly 20 Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
December 28, 2018 – A total of 19 lawsuits accusing the Boy Scouts of America and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) of harboring child molesters and systematically covering up decades of abuse have settled in civil court. The suits alleged that the Boy Scouts kept files on Scoutmasters accused of sexual misconduct, but failed to pass this vital information on to parents of children enrolled in the organization. The suits also contend that the scope of abuse was common knowledge within the Boy Scouts’ upper echelon, and that officials were aware of child molesters in their ranks, but kept that information a secret from law enforcement and families.
What’s the Problem?
May 4, 2017 – According to the lawsuit, the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (“LDS”) knew that there were child molesters in the Boy Scouts, but they covered up this information and failed to warn parents and children about the dangers.
Plaintiffs further allege that BSA kept secret files on Scoutmasters accused of sexual misconduct, but that the organization didn’t reveal the contents to parents or volunteers. Additionally, Mormon Church officials knew there were pedophiles in Idaho Troops, but intentionally kept it secret from families and law enforcement, according to the lawsuit.
The Boy Scouts “engaged in a decades-long public relations campaign to represent to the government, the public, and the Scouting community, including Plaintiffs and their families, that Scouting was a safe and morally upright program that was physically, emotionally, and spiritually beneficial for boys,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants additionally represented that the adult Scout leaders, who were their agents, were appropriate and trustworthy mentors and leaders for young boys.”
Plaintiffs allege the Mormon Church acted in a similar manner.
“For example, in 1978, the president of the LDS church said that, ‘This (BSA) is not an optional program … Scouting is no longer on trial,” the complaint reads. “It is an economically, socially, and spiritually sound program.’ ”
All 5 plaintiffs were in Boy Scout troops in the Boise or Lewiston, Idaho regions.
The complaint was filed on May 1 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho.
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