Confidential “perversion files” held by the Boy Scouts of America include the names of seven,819 suspected pedophiles, a lawyer for abused former scouts has found – and the names of 12,254 of their victims.
“The alarming factor about this isn’t simply the quantity however the reality is that the Boy Scouts of America has by no means truly launched these names in any type that may be identified to the general public,” Jeff Anderson, a lawyer for ex-scouts who’ve been abused, instructed a press convention in New York.
Anderson is releasing 180 of these names – 130 males from New York and 50 from New Jersey. The listing is incomplete, he says, however “we needed to sound the alarm.” The Boy Scouts had been compiling these recordsdata because the 1940s, by no means sharing the names with authorities or the general public, he stated, denouncing the group for what he known as a “system of denial and coverups.”
“Those ‘perversion files’ that they’ve had mirror that they’ve eliminated 1000’s of offenders of childhood sexual abuse through the years and they’ve stored that in recordsdata secretly,” Anderson stated. Even now, the sheer amount of victims and alleged offenders has solely develop into public with the testimony of a kid abuse knowledgeable employed by the Boy Scouts. The BSA was ordered to launch over 20,000 pages of information in 2012, however these recordsdata solely coated the years 1965 to 1985.
“We care deeply about all victims of kid abuse and sincerely apologize to anybody who was harmed throughout their time in Scouting,” the group stated in a press release on Tuesday. “At no time have we ever knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth, and we mandate that every one leaders, volunteers and workers members nationwide instantly report any abuse allegation to legislation enforcement.”