September 26, 2012 – This week, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that it will review its secret files to ensure that all acts of sexual abuse and molestation committed within its ranks over the past 47 years have been reported to the proper authorities. The move marks the first time in the organization’s hundred year history that it has conducted a thorough analysis of its so-called ‘perversion files’, a blacklist used for keeping sexual predators out of the Boy Scouts. Until now, the BSA has fought vigorously to keep this information hidden from the public, but it has nonetheless emerged as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the disgraced organization.
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What’s the problem?
The Boy Scouts’ announcement that they were delving into the perversion files came just over a week after the Los Angeles Times published an investigation which found that BSA officials failed to report hundreds of cases of alleged sexual abuse committed by scout leaders and other staff between 1970 and 1991. The Times’ investigation was based on a review of some 1,600 files entered into evidence in a 1992 court case.
For years, the BSA has contended that the secret files contain no information that is relevant to the public interest or useful for protecting children from sexual predators.
When asked why the organization is now finally investigating the perversion files, a BSA spokesman said “While we believe the files are an inconclusive record, the BSA will undertake a new review and analysis … to ensure that all good-faith suspicion of abuse [from 1965-present] have been reported to law enforcement.”
The Boy Scouts also announced this week that they had released a summary of a self-commissioned study which suggested that the perversion files had indeed protected scout members from abuse and molestation. The study was conducted by Janet Warren, a University of Virginia psychiatrist, and involved approximately 1,200 files gathered between 1960 and 1995. Warren stated that the perversion files “functioned well in helping to keep unfit adults out of Scouting.”
In 2010, Warren testified as an expert witness for the BSA in a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of a victim of sexual abuse. The plaintiff, now an adult, was awarded a verdict of nearly $20 million against the Scouts.
The Boy Scouts continue to maintain that they use the confidential files as an important tool in preventing sexual abuse and molestation. In addition to the files, the BSA has implemented a number of other protective measures in recent years. In 1988, the Scouts scrapped their probation program in favor of automatically expelling anyone suspected of sexual abuse. In 2008, criminal background checks were made mandatory for all volunteers, and in 2010 the organization required all suspected abuse to be reported to law enforcement officials.
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