Sunday, September 16, 2012
Boy Scouts Hid Allegations Of Abuse For Decades
According to a Los Angeles Times report, for over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public. A review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign and helped many cover their tracks. In the majority of cases, the Scouts learned of alleged abuse after it had been reported to the authorities. But in more that 500 instances, the Scouts learned about it from boys, parents, staff members or anonymous tips. In about 400 of those cases, there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police. In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it.